How We Work

Derrybeg Farm CSA operates under the model of community-supported agriculture (CSA). Under the CSA model there is a direct relationship between the farmer(s) and those who consume the food produced (International CSA Network). The farmer(s) work the land and the consumers become members of the farm, committing to pay in advance a certain amount of money, for an agreed period of time. The members’ money provides a modest income for the farmer(s) and covers the day-to-day running costs of the farm. In return, the members receive seasonal vegetables weekly during our nine month season.

The aim of Derrybeg Farm CSA is to integrate community and agriculture in a mixed, biodiverse, sustainable and environmentally responsible farm, managed for the benefit of everyone involved. The farm can thrive by having direct commitment from local supporters. We hope to develop a rich diversity of crops that will change and develop with the opportunities and interests of the support community and those who work the land.

The community is made up of people living within approximately ten kilometres of the farm; people who commit to the farm aims. The community organises activities to provide enjoyment and understanding of food and farming for its members, and to develop their connection to the life of the earth and their sense of responsibility to and involvement in the farm enterprise.

Steering Group

The steering group is made up of the farmer who receives an income, while the other steering group members act on a voluntary basis. Aisling is our current farmer. Other roles include volunteer co-ordinator, social media contributor, treasurer and membership officer. Steering committee members are members of the farm, and have changed over time as people move on and new people get involved.

How we started

We started in September 2012 with the vision of creating a CSA scheme for the local community from the ground up. We thought this would be a positive move toward creating a sustainable food system in our locale.

Our ethos and values

We strive to:

  • Support mixed, biodiverse, organic and sustainable agriculture that respects the earth and the people involved.
  • Pioneer an economic model based on mutual benefit and shared risk and ensure that the farmer(s) have a decent livelihood.
  • Achieve a financial situation where low income shall not exclude anyone.
  • Encourage participation, collaboration and practical involvement of the farm community members on all levels.
  • Develop a sense of community around the farm, which includes social activities.
  • Involve the community in transparent decision-making as much as possible.
  • Provide opportunities for learning about growing your own food and sustainable farming.
  • Network with others to promote CSA schemes in neighbouring communities and share our knowledge.
  • Work co-operatively with other organisations which share our principles.

Constitution

The Constitution is available to download here.

GDPR Policy

The GDPR Policy is available to download here.

Privacy Notice

The Privacy Notice is available to download here.

CCTV and Data Protection

We have CCTV at the farm to ensure a safe environment for all. We have a full policy on its use, available to download here.