Community Grower/ Coordinator

What is a Community Grower or Community Coordinator Membership?

A Community Grower membership allows you to get involved in producing food on our community farm.  Together, with the guidance of a professional grower, we produce a vast range of food to share between our members.  

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

How much does it cost?

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

How does it work?

Growing food takes real commitment. If you commit to 2 (3hr) sessions per week a share will be packed for you on either Monday’s or Fridays when we do the main harvests. For those who would like to be involved but with less commitment, you can still join us, but a smaller share will be made available on a pick your own basis. 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?

The CSA is open to the community every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 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.

To find out more you can join us for Family Open Farm Sunday, every week between 11 and 2pm.

Domestic Membership

What is a Domestic Membership?

Domestic membership is for those who would like to financially support the community farm, and share in the produce, but have less of an active role in production and distribution. Your annual subscription offers financial stability to the farm throughout the year and is invested in infrastructure and ongoing costs that allow us to work towards food security for all.

How much does it cost?

Family £10 per week 
Single £6 per week 

We find that a Family Membership is generally enough for 2 adults and a child, however, every family is different. A Single Membership works for most of our single members. For those that have a larger family, or eat more vegetables you can add together multiples of these tiers to create the right size of share for your household.

How does it work?

New memberships are offered quarterly (January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, October 1st) subject to availability. By expressing interest you’ll be added to our waiting list and served on a first-come, first-served basis. A strong waiting list enables us to gauge when it is appropriate to expand the gardens and promote for new Community Growers to help grow the food. 

By working together we aim to create year-round food security for all, but there’s a way to go, so for now, we’re operating a credit system.  You commit to paying 52 payments over the course of a year, and we commit to producing 52 shares for you. However, until we’ve built up enough infrastructure for year-round production and storage of crops there will be gaps. In these cases, we’ll let you know and keep your credits on file for when the produce is rolling again.

What if I don’t want a share some weeks?

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.  Just let us know by text or email with at least 24 hours’ notice.

If you’d like to support the project financially but don’t want a share at all, we can distribute your share amongst members, just let us know.

What will be in the share?

The vegetables that are available will vary from season to season, and week-to-week, members will however be offered a swap box so that anything you don’t eat can be switched for something you do. We try to always offer a variety including roots, leaf crops, alliums such as onions, leeks or garlic, and fruiting bodies. We aim to offer at least 8 items per share, but this fluctuates between seasons and share sizes.

Through community involvement and direct interaction, we’re confident that we offer better nutrition, value for money, and sustainability to all members.

How do I get my share?

Shares are provided on a weekly basis when available. We harvest on Mondays for collection from 2 pm and Fridays for collection from 5 pm. Your share will be available at the farm gate for 24hrs from these times. There are also collection points in local towns and community coordinators that may offer a better solution for you.

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 shares, 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 the farm where we’ll care for it until Christmas comes around again. Once your tree has passed its 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 when in season, along with your weekly share, 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

  • 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.