Innovations in funding community supported agriculture (CSA)


location Arts at the Old Fire Station | 12 PM-1 PM Wednesday 15 April 2015 (BST)

How can social finance support CSA?

Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between farmers and the local community, in which the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared. This session looks at some of the innovative funding models being used to support community farming and asks whether and to what extent community shares are the way forward; and how CSAs can take advantage of the social investment tax relief (SITR).

This event is being organised by Funding Enlightened Agriculture (FEA) and the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC). For more information on what FEA does see out website - http://www.feanetwork.org/

Programme

Michael Norton (Co-founder UnLtd, Co-founder Buzzbnk)

Michael will look at the importance of developing a sustainable business model and of measuring social impact and the use of social finance.

Doireann Lalor (Cultivate Oxford)

Doireann will talk about how Oxford’s local food cooperative - Cultivate - has used innovative funding models to bring local food to the city

Tracy Jones (CSA Network UK)

Tracy sits on the board of the CSA Network UK and will give an overview of how CSAs are developing across the country as well as focussing on some specific examples.

Gareth Davies (Canalside Community Farm)

Gareth will present the work being done at Canalside Community Farm, an organic CSA producing veg boxes.

Location

Arts at the Old Fire Station

40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ, United Kingdom

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