Community supported agriculture

A thriving community growing scheme at Hatchlands Park, Surrey © Grace and Flavour

A thriving community growing scheme at Hatchlands Park, Surrey

What is community supported agriculture?

Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a relatively new way of farming involving a partnership between food producers and the local community.

This type of arrangement provides financial security to the producer and consumers get to know exactly where their food has come from as well as being able to buy it for a good price.

There are usually regular opportunities for local people to help out on farms running such a scheme and get involved.

The community really do benefit from CSA. For example, there is a thriving community growing scheme at Dene Place walled garden - part of our Hatchlands Park estate in Surrey - that supplies fresh vegetables to the community as well as a local shop and a nearby nursing home.

CSA schemes on National Trust land:

Why not get involved in CSA yourself? It's fun, rewarding and a great way to help your local community and British farming.