Struggles and successes of a new grower

Having completed her Soil Association apprenticeship in Feb 2011 Laura has spent the past 5 seasons working for CSAs. First a hard 6 months in a brand new community led scheme in Norwich (for 100 members) which was a massive leap from the apprenticeship, and proved too stressful to continue. Then an 18 month stint at a charity who chose to close the CSA after the wettest year in 100 years when the funding ran out.

Lately though she’s spent the past 3 seasons working as a co-director of the grower-led School Farm CSA outside Totnes, Devon which in 2016 will deliver to 65 members from 2.5 acres. She’s had enough trials to be able to speak about the struggles and needs of new growers, and also about where she found the help she needed to continue.


Theme: business markets
Published: 27th January 2016
Author: Laura Creen