Being a Share member is simple; you pay a weekly fee, for 52 weeks, to support the running of the farm and receive a Share of the food grown.
As a Solidarity Member you can :
- Come and see where, how and who is growing your food.
- Know that your food is produced using regenerative land practices; caring for the soil and creatures using ecological principles: compost, no dig, no pesticides, no herbicides.
- Access a community friendly farm where education, gatherings and seasonal celebration take place.
- Learn how you can grow food, care for soil and support your local food network.
- Gain ideas on how to prepare your Share and navigate other ecological, economic ways of eating delicious, nutritious food.
- No packaging and only local transportation.
We aim to provide a Share for our members on a weekly basis, using only the vegetables and fruits we grow at Stanford CSA. If we have a gap in our harvest we will add in from other regenerative UK growers and let you know.Members enjoy the difference in the quality of the food from what they can buy elsewhere. The varieties and the quantities vary through the seasons. For example, a Share in September is going to be both larger and more diverse than a Share in, say, May. Join us to learn how to make the most of the abundance, store gluts, create your own pantry and gain year round food security.
A thriving farm, invests in a team and infrastructure to allow 12 month-a-year food security for 100 households & education to local schools and communities. We offer tiered pricing see below :
- £15, Full share + help the farm to thrive, improve infrastructure and grow produce all year round.
- £13, Full share + help the farm to comfortably sustain it’s growers and feed it’s community
- £10, Full share + cover the basic cost of your veg.
- £7 Half Share, half the produce.
- Gift a share, get in touch to arrange.
- If none of these suit you, would you like to be part of the wider support community, £2 a month.
- Apply with your interest here by filling in this form, we will be in touch with availability.
Collection Clubs & Pick up days:
We are keen to reduce car journeys, helping groups to coordinate their share collections communally. If you have a group of local friends or neighbours, maybe a rota or a designated weekly collector could work for you.
We will be working with community groups from Rugby, Crick, Yelvertoft, Swinford & Lutterworth to coordinate pick up days
Market Harborough, Ecovillage – Thursday from 5pm – 8pm, Friday till close, on weekends come and buy any surplus.
- Share Membership does not guarantee a share every week, it is at the discretion of the team.
- If the membership doesn’t work for you, you can stop at any time, but we would greatly appreciate 2 weeks notice to allow us to replace you.
- We aren’t certified organic, we have higher standards for how we treat our soil.
- If you are away for any reason let us know so we can redirect your share, or leave it in the ground for another week.
- We don’t freeze, hold or keep credit on accounts as we need to have a steady income to the farm to support the team to get our shares up to 12 months a year.
- Your weekly membership fee pays for the core growing team and the seeds and equipment needed.
- We will let you know if we top up the share from another producer, we always choose organic or equivalent practices.
- As a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) scheme we invite local people to share in the rewards, responsibilities and risks of farming food locally.
Community Grower Membership
The Community Grower sessions are a great place to learn how to grow delicious nutritious food, regenerate an ecosystem and meet people. Each week we offer a series of 3 hour sessions..
If you would like to become a Community Grower Member we ask for 6 hours of commitment a week.
A Community Grower membership allows you to get involved in producing food on our community farm. Together, with the guidance of professional growers, we produce a vast range of food to share between our members.
How much does it cost?
Community Growers must fill in an application and be given an induction. This membership is free of charge but requires commitment to receive a Share of produce. If you can’t commit you are still welcome to apply and join us, just let us know so we can be flexible too.
How does it work?
Growing food takes real commitment. If you commit to 6 hours per week a share will be picked for you. For those who would like to be involved but with less commitment, you can still join us and we will help you harvest from whatever we have a glut of. Activities include caring for the gardens, using the most up to date, no-dig techniques, building projects and harvesting and packing produce.
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?
Get in touch via our contact form and we can make a plan to suit your abilities and interests.
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.
If you would like to receive produce from the farm throughout the year or for a one-off event please let us know.
We are on an adventure to build better community agriculture. We want to learn with our community and draw on expertise. growers, farmers, schools, urban planners, agronomists, mycologists. 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
- The ability to stand together and create food security for all.
- 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 advice 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.