CSA – community-supported agriculture involves establishing a relationship with a farmer for a growing season. It benefits both parties in that buyers get good quality food straight from the source (no middlemen) and the farmer gets a fair price for his or her produce.
The system differs from a box scheme in that the partnership is with one or a small number of producers, and all the food is sourced there – there’s no use of imported foods, and the emphasis is very much on local food systems. Another difference is that members take more of an active role in meeting the grower, discussing options, and possibly visiting the farm to help out as the scheme develops – see blog.
Similar schemes have been established in Skerries, Cloughjordan, Kinsale and also on the rooftops of Dublin City where fresh food is growing for the supporting community. CSA Dublin will be the first on the fields outside the city of Dublin – we see this so as a pilot scheme.
Our ethos is loosely organic, and we’ll be talking to certified producers, but we’re also willing to sit down with a farmer and explore informal ways of producing food on this basis.
CSA is more than a way to feed you with healthy, local and organic food. It is commitment, learning and community engagement.
With our project at Seamus’s farm, we try to find out how to make it practical for us, how to make it work. It is an ongoing process of learning, experiencing and discovering.
We grow all sorts of veg, get eggs from rescue hens and sometimes also meat (lamb, pork)
Find our goods
Pick-up is every Thursday at 18.30 from Smithfield Square in D7. New members are welcome at the start of each season and throughout the year if people may leave.