Urban Co-operative Farm Food co-op takes new members for the year 2016!
The Urban Co-operative Farm concept originated with the idea that participants each get an area of a farm the size of a normal allotment, with a professional grower (whom we call a Personal Farmer) looking after it. The Personal Farmer cultivates your piece of the farm and keeps you up to date with what is being done there.
Nobody can afford to hire a grower on their own, but in the Urban Co-operative Farm concept about 100 people hire one collectively which makes it possible. The grower doesn’t cultivate one are, but a hectare. Participants can volunteer to work in the field anytime they wish. Households invest an annual fee in advance and the harvest from the field is distributed amongst participants weekly during the harvest season.
• each growing season ends with a traditional harvest party where we all gather to cook and eat together
Join the Herttoniemi Food Co-operative
Food co-op takes new members for the year 2016!
The membership fee for the co-operative is 70 €* plus a joining fee of 100 €. In 2016 the annual fee is 450 €.
* This is returned to you if you resign from the co-operative
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
is an agricultural model in which a group of consumers collectively pays a farmer at the start of the growing season, enabling the farmer to make the necessary purchases and investments to grow food for them. Usually CSA members also help the farmer out by volunteering on the farm. In the CSA model, the farmer doesn’t have to spend time or money marketing their products or negotiating with wholesalers and retailers. Consumers on the other hand get fresh, high-quality produce that they know the origin of, and have the opportunity to see what a farmer’s working day looks like. The consumers share the risk with the farmer: if there is a bad crop, the shares of the harvest are smaller. There are about 10 000 farms operating a CSA model in the US and the model is also in use in many European countries. The first CSAs were established in Japan in the 1960a. For more information about CSAs: www.localharvest.org/csa
Together everything is possible!
New members welcome!
And read more about Urban Co-op Farm and Foodcircle. Thanks Ann!