November 9, 2012
Community, CSA, Land
It doesn’t get any better than apples at this time of year . . . especially when there’s a chance of cider . . .
Well, I did purchase 10 litres (roughly 2 gallons) of freshly pressed apple juice and have since been letting it ferment in my kitchen. The apples were brought over from France (the rubbish UK summer and lack of Angmering/West Sussex input meant that we were struggling to find anything more local) butyou can’t always be so picky!
If you’d like to to start your own Apple Day, Common Ground is a pretty good place to begin.
It was certainly good to see the first stirrings of our local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) scheme through a cider-tinted focus. I did sample a little bit a ‘Wild Thing’ cider, made in Sussex from ‘apples from trees on the Downs, on common land and abandoned orchards and along the roadsides in the Brighton, Haywards Heath and Lewes areas’
August 16, 2011
Angmering, CSA, food, projects
Did you know that Transition Town Worthing is supporting the formation of a Community Supported Agriculture scheme on our doorstep?
What is it?
Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a big name for a simple idea. It’s where a community – large or small – makes a financial pledge to support a local farm. Together the farm and community share the ups and downs, risks and rewards of farming and growing – and help each other out.
By making a financial commitment to a CSA scheme, people become ‘members’. They pay for a season up-front through weekly, monthly or even annual payments. In return they receive a share of the farm’s produce.
As that history and ethos suggests, CSAs help to directly connect local farmers with their communities, and to support the development of local food supplies and culture. There are lots of benefits to becoming involved, from knowing where your food comes from to helping to develop a secure market for local producers.
The UK imports 50 % of its food, with the rise in the cost of fuel, food prices are rising. What we need is sustainably produced local food so that we can enjoy good quality fresh produced at a reasonable price.
What can I do now?
You can support the CSA by registering your interest . . . an by ordering weekly veg grown in Angmering!
If you are interested please send your name and contact details to Martin at Culberry Nursery, Dappers Lane, Angmering BN16 4EW email: email@example.com or phone 01903 784107. All veg is sold to order please email for latest list, we can arrange delivery in the Worthing area.
You can also sign up on the TTW website here: http://transitiontownworthing.ning.com/group/community-supported-agriculture
All produce grown at Culberry is compost grown and pests are controlled using natural predators and benefical insects. Because we pick to order our produce will be as fresh as possible which tastes better and contains more vitamins. We like to grow a wide range of vegetables but we will have a selection of locally grown veg as well.
CSA is helping rebuild local resilience and reduce oil dependency in our local area. It will also be an important part of our Energy Descent Action Plan. Food security is one of the fundamental aspects of the EDAP.