We don't just produce high-welfare food, we love to eat it too! We passionately believe that animals who have led a happy and healthy life result in higher quality food. As Founders of Chagfarm, we also wholeheartedly support Compassion in World Farming, an organisation founded over 40 years ago by a British farmer who became horrified by the development of modern, intensive factory farming. Today they work strategically towards a food system that is truly kind, caring and honest - kind to animals; caring for the environment and consumer health; and honestly labelled. After all, we are what we eat... Read CIWF's Compassionate Food Guide 2014 for more information.
To encourage sustainable behaviour
Before joining a CSA initiative, 73 per cent of members had shopped regularly at a supermarket. As CSA members, only 51 per cent were regular supermarket shoppers. Many members with children value their involvement with CSAs as the experience greatly helps to develop their childrens' understanding of food production and sustainability. A majority of CSA members also attribute beneficial effects on their quality of life, well-being, health and skills to being involved with a CSA initiative.
While Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) schemes tend to appeal to environmentally like-minded people, they also often lead to increased sustainable behaviour amongst their members. In fact, 70 per cent of CSA members say that their cooking and eating habits have changed due to using more local and seasonal food. While 66 per cent say that their shopping habits have significantly shifted to increased buying from local stores to supplement products bought through the initiative.
To contribute to social cohesion
Almost half of CSA members feel that their initiative has had a positive impact on the broader community, as it often brings people together by providing another local focal point. While more established CSA initiatives have also actively developed or supported other community enterprises.
“Working on the farm is a fantastic experience - being out on the hillside, working alongside other members and knowing that you've played a part in the food that we subsequently collect and eat. There is a real community feel to Canalside and I love attending the social events, meeting other members, sharing food and sitting around the fire." Canalside share subscriber and volunteer
To promote a thriving local food economy
But don't just take our word for it! Here are some other reasons why people decided to buy local:
Source: The impact of community supported agriculture: Making Local Food Work, November 2011