CSA survival report published

One of Roger Hitchings‘, Principal Consultant at ORC until his recent retirement, last jobs was to write a report on the Key factors determining the long term success of CSA projects in Wales for the Better Organic Business Links” project of Organic Centre Wales.

The objective of this report was to produce a “survival guide‟ for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) schemes in Wales based on a review of CSA developments in other countries and an examination of existing Welsh schemes.

Drawing on the experience of the four Welsh schemes in the study and the wider review a number of common survival factors were identified including:

  • Clear structure of the organisation (legal and actual)
  • Good communications
  • Realistic pricing and pragmatic forecasting
  • Suitable site for the production of the intended crops and/or livestock
  • Secure land tenure
  • Access to an appropriately large population
  • Able and competent workers of the land according to the system

Hitchings, R (2013) Key factors determining the long term success of CSA projects in Wales. Report for BOBL- Better Organic Business

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