*Come along and join the CSA to ensure your summer supply of fresh
local organic vegetables!!*
* When:* Wednesday 23 SEPT. 2009 7.30pm - 9pm
* Where: *The CONTINUING EDUCATION CENTRE SEMINAR ROOM DONALD BRUCE RD
* What:* The CSA Waiheke Trust invites you to a meeting to join up to
the first stage of Waiheke Community Supported Agriculture project.
The CSA has been granted the use of a piece of land in Te Matuku
Bay, there is a farmer, there is a plan, crops are going in the
ground very, very soon - now we need members and the support of the
Please come to the meeting and help turn the CSA vision into a
reality. A good attendance will provide the mandate and support to
take the project forward, so pass this invite on.
* Hear about the Te Matuku Project
* Meet our farmer and discuss the growing and distribution plans –
tell us what vegetables you want
* We’ll be setting up some committees for those with the time to
* We’ll be discussing ways in which you can help us, resources we need.
* AND we’ll be signing up our first subscribers.
* What is CSA and why?*
There has been a huge surge in interest in locally grown fresh
organic food, as people have become aware of the environmental costs
of transporting food over huge distances, the health costs of eating
denatured highly processed food from supermarkets, the improved
flavour of fresh locally produced produce, the concern for the
plight of small farms and family farmers as industrial scale
agricultural enterprises put them out of business, and the desire to
reconnect with communities at a social and cultural level.
CSA is a community-based way of providing our food, with minimum
environmental cost and maximum community gain. Its a partnership
between farmers and consumers, to provide the farmers with a sure
income and the consumers with good quality local food. There are no
middle people. CSA are well established in the USA, and usually
involve an existing family farm. Ours is a bit different, in true
Waiheke fashion. We started without a farm or the farmer, just a
vision, but now we have both farm and farmer. All we need is for
consumers to come on board.
Here’s how it works: people subscribe a weekly amount of money and
in return receive a weekly box of produce. The money pays the
farmers wages and whatever resources are needed to get the crops in
the ground, grown and harvested.
More information on the Waiheke model will be provided on Wednesday
Trustees of Waiheke CSA Trust
Brian Griffiths, Meriel Watts, Eleanor Bauarschi, Sue Connor