Food for Your Future
A new way of getting fresh, local food...
FlintShare CSA was started, in 2010, by a group of people who wanted local food produced in a cost effective and sustainable way. We recognise that the days of cheap imports are numbered (perhaps thankfully) and ways of producing more food locally and ‘gently on the land’ must be found. FlintShare members now get fresh, local food, the opportunity to be 'hands on' and there’s more in the pipeline.
FlintShare now has four sites in Flintshire: Ffynnongroyw, a forest garden in the making; Cilcain, a south facing, 3 acre field with woodland and bee hives; Hawarden, community allotment style; and Northop with productive polytunnels, a fruit garden and orchard.
We grow veg on all the sites and members exercise control over how their food is produced and how the land is looked after in the process. Beginners are learning from the more experienced growers and we all learn about the ups and downs of veg growing. Our members are incredibly varied from closet smallholders, through busy families to high flying business folk, all of whom have something to give and much to gain.
All members can have the veg whether they help to grow it or not. We each pay an annual membership (£24). Veg accounts are optional and we start with £25 cash and can then ‘top up’ with either labour or money. This means that those who can spend time on growing (or admin) may never pay more money in but those who can’t contribute financially. We need both sorts! Prices are set pretty low. All members can access produce from any of the sites so there is a good range available.
All the crops are grown by volunteers who are fast learning all about growing fruit and veg and keeping bees from the more experienced members. There is a fair bit of admin and planning, too, but the level of commitment is always voluntary.
All of us are volunteers and we each give the skills and time we feel we can. This varies from none at all to many hours a week! We don’t have all the answers, and may not be a ‘slick’ operation, but have lots of fun and some lovely, organically grown veg. Anyone can join and find their own level of involvement - there are so many ways to help out, we always struggle for enough hours in the day.
People are at the centre of FlintShare and they are always inspiring! It’s wonderful to connect with like-minded people - come and share celebrations, workshops and events as well as the veg. The food is always good!
In 2013 we hope to create a job for a grower to produce on a larger area for us but with our help. We will be offering 20 regular veg shares.
To find out more about us please visit our website.