Southern Roots Organics CSA

We are setting up a Community Support Agriculture Scheme in West Dorset to supply local households with fresh, seasonal, organic vegetables!

We did it!

On 21st Mar 2017 we successfully raised £9,541 of £5,000 target with 78 supporters in 21 days

New stretch target

 

Southern Roots Organics CSA  Crowdfuding Success!!

Not only did we finish our crowd funder but incredibly we reached our stretch target of £9500! We are bowled over and deeply grateful by the incredible support that so many people have given us. 

The crowdfunder started on national CSA day and came to an end on the spring equinox - the first day of spring! Under a blue sky we got into the swing of spring work: potting on tomatoes, sowing salads and finished making the doors on a polytunnel. As the growing season begins, we are going into it feeling very excited about bringing Southern Roots Organics CSA to life. And this really would not have been possible without all of your support.

A lasting reflection for us as our crowdfunder campaign came to an end is the power in community support and collective financing that has helped make this idea a reality. Having dozens of friends and people in our wider community give donations to our project has brought with it so much appreciation and a feeling of value that no other method of fund raising can match.

 All of your contributions from £1 to £1000 have far more than just monetary value to us. The support and encouragement we received has helped us do much more than simply set up the physical infrastructure of our project, it has shown us that our project is valued and has given us a strong sense of community backing. This is of huge worth to us, and provides strong foundations on which there is much we can build.

We look forward to a vigorous, fertile and relatively weed-free growing season. 

With huge thanks and gratitude,
Dee and Adam

 

 

 

ABOUT OUR PROJECT

Southern Roots Organics is a market garden run by Adam Payne and Dee Butterly.

We produce vegetables on 2 acres of land rented from Lower Hewood Farm in West Dorset.

In response to local demand, this season we want to start a Community Supported Agriculture Scheme to supply 25 households.

Raising funds

In order to make this happen and get our project off the ground we need to raise £5000 to invest in essential equipment, infrastructure and materials.

Before launching our crowdfunder we set a stretch target of £9500. If we are able to raise this extra £4500 in the next two and half weeks we will be able to do the following:

  1. Offer 1/5 of our CSA Veg Box memberships at a subsidised rate to households on low incomes for the whole growing season.

  2. Invest in a hand pushed precision seeder and an irrigation system that works. Crowdfunding these costs will allow us to pay ourselves a living wage in our first year and be more productive!

  3. Build a dry, insulated unit to store our produce in over the winter months. This will significantly help reduce losses and waste by keep produce at its optimum temperature and humidity. 

What is a CSA?

A Community Supported Agriculture scheme is a relationship between farmers and people in the local community. 

People become members of the CSA by buying a share of the harvest for the growing season, receiving a big box of delicious, fresh vegetables every week of the growing season.

All the produce is grown by us using organic methods and most of it harvested on the day of delivery.

In addition to a weekly veg box, members will also be invited to seasonal farm days, and we will offer free traineeships for people wanting to learn more about organic growing.

Why is it important?

By committing to support us for the growing season, members help make farming a more financially secure and enjoyable occupation, allowing young growers like ourselves to make a start and earn a living.

For Farmers a Community Supported Agriculture scheme offers a more predictable and secure income, lower risks and stronger relationships with the people who eat our produce.

In return members get fantastic quality vegetables at a fair price, and a relationship to the people and land that produce their food.

Would you like to join Southern Roots CSA and get a weekly box of vegetables from us this season?

Just contact us on info@southernrootsorganics.org for more information and we can get you signed up.

Any Questions?

Please contact us on info@southernrootsorganics.org or through our website www.southernrootsorganics.org 


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