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Une délégation venue du Grand Nord dans les AMAP du Nord (FR)

Un groupe de quatre animateurs finlandais de circuits-courts a pu visiter samedi 29 mars 2014 deux fermes en AMAP (Association pour le maintien d’une agriculture paysanne) situées en Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Cette visite fait suite à deux échanges européens menés à Lyon en octobre 2013 et en Finlande en janvier dernier, dans le cadre d’un projet sur la logistique des circuits courts, rassemblant Français, Allemands, Belges et Finlandais.

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An English glance at the French AMAP, by Jade Bashford (ENG)

Jade Bashford report on trip to France 27 Feb – 3 Mar, during the visit organised as a part of the Grundtvig Programme “CSA4Europe”.

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The Impact of CSA, a Soil Association report.

A new report from the Soil Association has found: 70% of CSA members say their cooking and eating habits have changed, 46% say their health has improved, 70% say their overall quality of life has improved. These and many other benefits and impacts can be found in the report. It’s an inspiring read, but also has useful facts for any funding application you’re making.

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Video about Swillington Organic Farm, by Soil Association (ENG)

You enjoyed reading the CSA case study about Swillington Organic Farm on our blog? You spent months desperately waiting for more about this experience? Then take a look at the great video that presents the Meat production at the Swillington Organic Farm, sold through a model CSA.

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Mission d’essaimage en Bulgarie, Francine Freulon (FR)

Objectifs:
* A la demande du Regal Magazine, présenter le concept AMAP au cours d’un atelier sur le thème de la vente directe ou « comment ne plus aller à la Grande Surface »
* Rencontrer des consommateurs ou des groupes de consommateurs sur Sofia et Plovdiv
* Rencontrer des producteurs sur leur ferme
* Leur apporter notre contribution ou notre regard sur ce qui a déjà été
* organisé par eux
* Assister à la fête bio à Sofia à l’invitation de Stoilko
* Faire un bilan des 3 missions de 2008 à 2011

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Chinese Sustainable Agriculture and the Rising Middle Class: Analysis from Participatory Research in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) at Little Donkey Farm

The growth of China’s middle class is driving an expansion of interest in ‘green’ and sustainable food, food that is perceived to be healthy, safe, and environmentally-friendly. Self-consciously ‘sustainable’ agriculture is a new phenomenon in China; but it has emerged from, and builds upon, an agrarian history that is markedly different from that of the West. In this paper, we address the relationship between the Chinese middle class, an overwhelmingly urban group, and Chinese sustainable agriculture, a largely urban-oriented enterprise, from the perspective of our work in establishing and operating Beijing’s first Community Supported Agriculture farm. We find that, in light of the development pathways taken by sustainable and alternative agriculture(s) internationally, there is much hope for the future of sustainable agriculture in China; and we predict that its development will be swiftest in (peri-) urban contexts.

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GARTENCOOP Freiburg (ENG)

Urgenci has contact with many and various AMAP-like initiatives in the world. On the occasion of the Attac “European academy for social movements” (ENA) held in Freiburg, the international CSA network invited the regional AMAP network Alliance PEC Rhône-Alpes to talk about its experience and to discover the German network “Solidarische Landwirtschaft” and the action of a local group, Gartencoop in Freiburg.

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Gartencoop Freiburg: nous y allions pour témoigner, nous sommes revenus avec des idées d’actions nouvelles (FR)

Compte-rendu de Ludovic Mamdy, Monique Dallet, Denis Rousset, Jochen Fick:
“Gartencoop Freiburg: nous y allions pour témoigner; nous sommes revenus avec des idées d’actions nouvelles!”.

Urgenci noue des contacts avec des expériences semblables aux AMAP partout dans le monde. A l’occasion de l’université européenne des mouvements sociaux d’Attac à Fribourg, l’association mondiale des “contrats solidaires paysans consommateurs” invitait Alliance PEC Rhône-Alpes à témoigner de son expérience, à découvrir le réseau allemand “Solidarische Landwirtschaft” (équivalent au Miramap) et l’action d’un groupe local Gartencoop Freiburg.

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Urgenci at Cloughjordan (Ireland), by Judith Hitchman

Cloughjordan is Ireland’s first and so far only Eco-Village. The main aim of this article is to describe the somewhat unique Community Supported Agriculture project that is part of the Eco-Village.

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Women-led Producer Company for Fairer Rural Incomes

Institute for Integrated Rural Development (IIRD) organized the formation of farmers clubs with organic farmers from 2009 onwards in many villages of Aurangabad district. Now, women from rural areas create Producer Companies , here to produce organic inputs.

Written by Joy Daniel, IIRD, India, March 2011.

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LSP/CSA CASE STUDY: Swillington Organic Farm, UK.

NAME OF THE LSP/CSA : Swillington Organic Farm, UK.

Summary of the project:

A 50-share vegetable CSA scheme based near Leeds, West Yorkshire, in a 2 acre walled garden. Members sign up for 12 months, at £614 for a full share, and £372 for a half share. One full-time grower is contract employed. Budgetary and planting decisions are made by the landowner.

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LSP/CSA CASE STUDY: Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch CSA, UK.

NAME OF THE LSP/CSA : Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch CSA

Summary of the project:

The Community Supported Agriculture scheme farms around 700 acres on two farms, 3 miles apart; they are Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch. For 20 years, 500 acres of this land has been farmed bio-dynamically and the remaining 200 acres, which have recently been rented, are undergoing conversion to bio-dynamic status. The farms have an annual turnover in excess of £1m.

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LSP/CSA CASE STUDY: Stroud Community Agriculture (SCA), UK.

NAME OF THE LSP/CSA : Stroud Community Agriculture (SCA), UK.

Summary of the project:

In 2001 a group of people came together to find a better way to feed themselves. Within 3 months they were renting an acre of land and employing a vegetable grower. Within 2 years they had set up Stroud Community Agriculture (SCA) as an Industrial and Provident Society, were renting 23 acres of land, providing vegetables and meat to 60 families and
making a profit.

Six years on SCA is:
- renting 50 acres,
- employing 2 full time farmer/growers,
- providing vegetables and meat to 189 households,
- making enough profit to pay a bonus to its farmers/growers,
- paying for a part-time treasurer and membership administrator,
- buying in citrus fruit and olive oil from a sister CSA in Spain,
- maintaining a regular programme of social and working events.

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LSP/CSA CASE STUDY: GAS Calci, Italy.

NAME OF THE LSP/CSA : Gas Calci, Italy.

Summary of the project:
An ethical purchasing group (gruppo d’acquisto solidale in Italian- Gas) is composed of people who decide to get together for purchasing wholesale foodstuffs or everyday products, which they redistribute among them selves.
A group of purchasers is said to be “solidarity-based” when they decide to use the concept of solidarity as a guide criterion in the choice of the products they buy. It starts with members of the group addressing small and local producers which supply the products and is expanding to the respect for the environment, for the people of the “ south of the world” and to those who – because of the unfair distribution of wealth – are victims of the unequal consequences of the current model of development.

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LSP/CSA CASE STUDY: Buschberghof, Germany.

NAME OF THE LSP/CSA : Buschberghof, Germany.

Summary of the project:
- 1st CSA farm in Europe
- 86 ha full scale CSA
The farm provides vegetables, potatoes, grain, flour, bread, milk, butter, cheese etc. meat, sausages and fruit, when available
300+ people/ 90+ households
Property owned by a Community Land Trust

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LSP/CSA CASE STUDY: CSA Wurzelwerk, Germany.

NAME OF THE LSP/CSA : CSA Wurzelwerk, Germany.

Summary of the project:
- Organic garden is part of a community place (30 adults)
- Professional gardeners, working horses
- Only vegetables
- 56 Units (full share), 100 Units would be possible
- Free shares for healthfood stores

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LSP/CSA CASE STUDY: Community Support Your Framer, Czech Republic.

NAME OF THE LSP/CSA : Community Support your Farmer, Prague.

Summary of the project:
The community has formed around the environmental centre in Prague that provides free space for deliveries. Formally, the civic association PRO-BIO LIGA runs the community, however in praxis it is run more or less by the members. The community supports three farmers throughout the season mostly by means of payments in advance.

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LSP/CSA CASE STUDY: Gela, Austria.

NAME OF THE LSP/CSA : “gemeinsam landwirtschaften” (gela)

Summary of the project:
Gela is the first CSA-project in Austria. It started in December 2009. In the gela-project consumers agree to finance one year / one season in advance. Without the strong influence of market forces, it is possible to share the risks and to sustain the “Gärtnerhof Ochsenherz” with the core principles of ecological sustainability, quality and diversity.

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Les Jardins de Cocagne en Suisse [FR]

Les jardins de Cocagne sont une coopérative maraîchère genevoise dont le but est de “favoriser l’approvisionnement en produits alimentaires par l’exploitation agricole collective de terrains, ainsi que par le développement de toutes activités économiques, sociales, scientifiques ou culturelles s’y rattachant”.

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Chromatographie dans un jardin féérique en Hollande [FR]

A 45 mn d’Amsterdam, dans un jardin extraordinaire Jaff Bakker et Adry Misset ont installé sur leur ferme, un laboratoire scientifique en chromatographie pour l´analyse des sols et des aliments.

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Landbrugslauget, une AMAP près de Copenhague [FR]

L’objectif de la coopérative agricole « Landbrugslauget », qui est la propriété d’un groupe de consommateurs, est de rapprocher agriculteurs et consommateurs. Dans le contexte de marché actuel, producteurs et consommateurs sont plutôt en opposition, et souvent les deux antagonistes perdent la bataille. « Landbrugslauget » fait converger leurs intérêts communs : une nourriture saine, une production locale, un bien-être animalier et une agriculture durable. A cette fin, nous militons pour des prix justes sur les produits agricoles ; des prix avec lesquels l’agriculteur peut vivre et vivables pour le consommateur

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Landbrugslauget : a CSA project near Copenhagen [EN]

The vision of the consumer owned agricultural co-operative ´Landbrugslauget´ is to bring farmers and consumers closer together. Under modern market conditions farmers and consumers struggle against one another and often both end up as losers. ´Landbrugslauget´ focus on their common interests: healthy food, local food production, animal welfare and sustainable agriculture. In order to do that, we strive for fair prices for agricultural products: prices that the farmers can live on and the consumers live with.

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Care Farms in the Netherlands [EN]

By : Marga de Jong, Dutch Leader Network
Summary
Agricultural production and care going hand in hand Care farms combine agricultural production and care.
In most cases everything starts from an already existing farm. This will remain a farm, only now with a side branch of care.
Action context and description
In most cases care consists of providing people with [...]

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