Community Grower/ Coordinator

What is a Community Grower or Community Coordinator Membership?

A Community Grower membership is your way to get involved in producing your own food within our community gardens.  Together, with the guidance of a professional grower, we’ll produce a vast range of food to share between our members.  

A Community Coordinator membership enables you to earn your share of the produce by spreading the word and distributing veg bags within your local community.

How much does it cost?

Both community memberships are free of charge but require that the member is actively involved with the CSA to have a share in the produce.

How does it work?

Each community grower’s active hours are logged on a loyalty card, with credits that can be exchanged for produce as it becomes ready for harvest.  Activities include caring for the gardens using the most modern no-dig techniques, building projects such as a pizza oven and straw bale barn.

Each community coordinator is required to secure, manage and distribute to a minimum of 4 full domestic members.  This could be as simple as collecting your vegetables each week and delivering them to your friends and neighbours.

When can I get involved?

The CSA will be open to the community every day but to make sure we have tasks and tools lined up for you, please use our RSVP system on the events page.

This type of membership can suit anyone who wants to be actively involved as there are tasks to suit all abilities and interests.

Domestic Membership

What is a Domestic Membership?

Domestic membership is ideal for those who would like to share in the produce of the CSA but may not have time to commit to the project. 

How much does it cost?

A full domestic membership costs £10 per week and entitles the member to 52 weekly veg bags, as well as a say in what is produced by the CSA at monthly meetings.  A half domestic membership costs £6 per week and entitles the member to 52 smaller weekly veg bags. Members also enjoy other benefits such as half price on tea and coffee at the Stables Horse Box Kitchen, free entry to our Pick It, Cook It, Eat It nights and access to our organic and local buying group.

How does it work?

Membership for the season opens on January 1st with new waves of annual membership opening quarterly when available (April 1st, July 1st, October 1st). If you’ve missed an opening date and don’t want to wait for the next quarter you can simply pay missed payments on entering the scheme.

Veg bags will be provided as soon as they are available, and will continue for a full year from that date or until 52 bags have been provided. For those continuing their membership into the next season, we aim to provide vegetables year round without interruption.

What if I don’t want veg one week?

If you’re away or don’t need vegetables at any point you can miss a week and we’ll save your credits for another time.  

What will be in the box?

The vegetables that are available will vary from season to season, and week-to-week, members will however be offered a contact to talk through their weekly requirements, likes and dislikes. 

Through community involvement, interaction and learning – we aim to deliver better nutrition, value for money and sustainability to all of our members.

How do I get my veg bag?

Produce can be collected from the CSA by prior arrangement, from a Community Coordinator in your neighbourhood or from a local outlet as agreed.  Some Community Coordinators may offer delivery but this is not guaranteed.

Domestic Membership Add-Ons

extended membership

As well as vegetables the CSA will also produce fruit, eggs, honey, grains, mushrooms, preserves, herbs, spices, cut flowers, charcoal, craft items, Christmas trees for hire, eco Christmas decorations and plants for sale in the nursery. Some of these items may be offered in weekly veg bags, others will be charged for through extended membership.

Extensions Currently Available

Christmas Tree Adoption Extension

Our eco friendly Christmas tree service uses living pot grown Christmas trees that you can display in your home over the Christmas period. You can then return the tree to Stanford Hall CSA where we’ll care for it until Christmas comes around again. Once your tree has passed it’s hire service life we’ll plant it out to create further woodlands on the Stanford Hall Estate and replace your tree with a new one. Christmas trees are around 6ft tall when they begin their service life and may grow up to 8ft before being planted out. As well as your Christmas tree this membership extension also entitles you to a share in our eco Christmas decorations made from dried fruits, cones, seed heads etc. 

extra £1 per week 

Weekly Egg Extension

If you’d like to receive 6 eggs along with your weekly veg bag add an egg extension to your domestic membership. Your extra contribution will go towards the hen feed and other hen care costs, and guarantees you a share of the eggs while the hens are laying. 

extra £1 per week

School Membership

What is a School Membership?

A school membership allows school canteens to pre-order produce to be grown by Stanford Hall CSA.

How does it work?

Through a process of consultation we aim to understand each schools basic requirement. Within seasonal limits, we then plant our crops to closely match the demand.

School children are given the opportunity to become actively involved in growing their food by visiting at key times, such as planting and harvesting. Other learning resources such as educational posters and updates from the farm will also be offered throughout the growing season.

How much does it cost?

Every schools membership contribution is different, depending on the volume of produce required. Once we know the basic requirements of each school we calculate the contribution by conducting a Tesco price match on all ordered produce, and dividing it by the number of weeks in the school term. If crop failures occur we provide a suitable substitute or fulfil the demand via the grower’s cooperative.

All educational activities are provided free of charge.

Commercial Membership

Commercial Membership requires that produce is ordered at the beginning of the growing season to meet the needs of your business throughout the year.  Although we always prioritise our existing members when distributing produce, seasonal gluts may create some availability so let us know if you would like to be notified of what is available. We calculate the contribution by conducting a Tesco price match on all ordered produce,

Growers Cooperative Membership

If you’re a local grower, farmer or producer why not join our cooporative? Through sharing tools, knowledge, and trading seasonal gluts we can produce a resilient local food network, bolstering the local economy and creating food security for all.

Benefits of your membership

  • Access to local, ethical food, grown using sustainable methods. This promotes abundant soil life and creates nutrient dense crops with fantastic flavour.
  • Introduction to a more diverse diet with recipe cards for new ingredients.
  • Access to courses, workshops and information on food growing and storage
  • The opportunity to see how your food is produced and its impact upon the environment.
  • An invitation to become actively involved with the production of your food and to connect with the land on which it is grown. This particularly benefits those who don’t have the land, time or knowledge to produce food at home and offers connections within a welcoming community.

Risks of your membership

  • Paid membership requires that part of each member’s financial contribution be paid before produce is ready for harvest. Similarly, Community Growers may be active in the gardens before produce is available to them. This reflects the natural cycles of growing, enables the employment of a grower and a fair share of risk, and reduces the waste that often occurs when crops are grown without input from the consumer.
  • The risk of crop failure is shared between members of the CSA. Where crop failure results in a shortage of a particular food all efforts will be made to substitute for other produce, or to source a supply from other local producers through a farmer’s cooperative.