Farm conference “Launching Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) in Ukraine"
27 of February 2021, free online videoconference in English
We invite to participate in our conference:
- Farmers practicing community-supported agriculture and customers willing to share their experience to help launching this system in Ukraine;
- Family farms wishing to sustain their business in globalized word;
- Conscious customers concerned about their food security;
- Government representatives searching new ways to sustain their local economy and communities;
- Researchers studying environmentally friendly and local food systems;
- Anyone interested in permaculture, ecology and in healthy lifestyle.
Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between a farm and consumers where the risks and rewards of farming are shared. This contemporary model of agriculture is based on traditional connections between a city and a village and its popularity is growing fast in Europe and worldwide. Direct linkage between farmer and consumer has proven its benefits for both parties at the time of COVID-19 pandemic when the interest towards CSA increased twofold.
CSA has multiple benefits:
10 benefits for farmers and rural community
- Secure market which is less sensitive to lockdown and price fluctuations. Continuous positive dynamics of CSA growth in Europe and worldwide.
- Upfront investment from consumers at the beginning of growing season, less dependency on bank loans and escape from corporate control in general.
- Fair price on produce (due to elimination of intermediaries as well as expenditures on certification).
- Increased social protection, healthy on-farm environment for farmers and for their families, rich and interesting life in a big community of likeminded people. Attractive environment for youth and for revitalization of rural lifestyle.
- Possibility to spend more time on farming and less - on marketing and fundraising.
- Encouragement to implement ecological innovations in agriculture in a trusted and supportive environment between farmer and customers, where all parties equally share challenges and risks.
- Motivation to diversify produce helps to develop agronomically feasible crop rotations, supports more workplaces and development of food processing infrastructure, and which aids in maintaining soil fertility (also because of crop-livestock integration).
- Opportunity to diversify farm business with agrotourism and educational activity.
- Performing multiple social missions: local community development, supporting vulnerable groups, decreasing negative impact from food systems.
- Help from customers with farming operations, crop harvesting, developing sale logistics, produce pickup or delivery.
10 benefits for customers and urban communities
- Getting diverse seasonal ecological produce for a premium price (less transportation costs for local produce, no commission for traders and shops because of direct sale, no expenses for certification because of trusted relations, reduced taxes in some models).
- Always fresh, tasty and nutritious produce that is picked ripe in local production (fruits are often picked unripe in long-distance trading, as well as modern varieties with extended shelf-life are preferred, and fruits are chemically treated for ripening and for longer storage).
- Preference to seasonal produce reduces the negative impact of agriculture on the environment and increases general food diversity and quality. Ethical farming of animals under mutual agreement.
- Supporting ecological and family farms that promotes rural development and improves working and living conditions for farmers.
- Food supply is less sensitive to lockdowns and other social and economic disasters.
- Saving time for food shopping. Possibility for home delivery in convenient time in some models. Less time spent in crowded places.
- Diverse educational opportunities: from cooking using seasonal products to ecological gardening.
- Opportunities for agritourism, outdoor activities, reconnecting with nature and with food growing for both adults and children.
- Reduced food packaging and food carbon footprint, possibility for recycling urban food waste.
- Community of like minded people for joyful, active life and for implementation of social projects. Establishing constructive relations with neighbors.
We invite CSA farmers from Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, as well as from other countries, to share experience (see presenters). We will discuss various aspects of CSA, its implementation in Ukraine, present Ukrainian initiatives of direat relations between farmers and customers, and launch regional Ukrainian CSA groups (see participants).
Participation and registration
We are aimed to make our events affordable for anyone. Thus you can participate in the conference for free. But we encourage you to donate 5 - 15 EUR to cover our organizational expenses. The conference will be broadcasted in Zoom and on Facebook, and all presentations will be record and deposited on YouTube.
The project is supported by the Michael Succow Foundation and German-Ukrainian Cooperation in Organic Agriculture. The conference is organized in collaboration with the Visegrad and Beyond Permaculture Partnership.
Within this project we will also:
- Translate into Ukrainian the European Handbook on Community-Supported Agriculture (see translation).
- Provide recommendation on polyculture schemes (intercropping and crop rotation) for vegetables and leafy greens based on survey of CSA farmers and on reviewing academic and professional literature. We invite farmers, researchers and extension specialists (designers) to participate in our survey. Follow project updates on Facebook.
- Compose recommendations for Ukrainian government on supporting development of CSA and the regional food systems.
- +38 096 947 1612 (Viber) Pavlo Ardanov
- +38 099 541 2778 (Viber) Iryna Kazakova
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Format and timetable
Launching CSA - benefits of CSA, developing networks of farmers and clients in different CSA models, planning and logistics.
Economy of CSA - different contractual models and accounting tools, fundraising, governmental and grant support, crowdfunding.
Regulatory aspects of CSA - choosing organizational model (cooperative, NGO, charity, informal association), taxation, food safety regulation, certification.
Multiple dimensions of CSA - defining fair price and supporting low-income citizens, reduced packaging, recycling of urban food waste, biodiversity restoration and combating climate change etc.
Agroecology of CSA (discussion in minogroups): 1. Vegetable growing; 2. Horticulture; 3. Animal husbandry.
URGENCI promotes all forms of partnership between producers and local consumers, all kinds of Community Supported Agriculture initiatives, as a solution to the problems associated with global intensive agricultural production and distribution.
DYNAVERSITY analyses and describes the actors involved in plant genetic conservation for agriculture in order to suggest management and governance models and to construct new forms of networking.
ZALF Programme Area 3: Agricultural Landscape Systems
Lead: Annette Piorr
What we do:
- We examine agriculture and its actors in their interaction with the surrounding landscape and with the food system.
- We analyse transformations and integrate a prospective perspective on future developments and trends (e.g. climate change, digitalisation, agricultural and climate policy, nutrition habits).
- In this way we develop cooperative strategies for more sustainable agricultural landscape systems together with stakeholders.
Our research questions are:
- How do different systems develop and what contribution can they make at landscape level to achieve sustainability objectives?
- Which determinants and patterns do they follow?
- How can they be strengthened in urban rural interactions?
- How do land use, value chain and food system interact and how to develop concepts to coordinate them in such a way that the sustainability of regions is strengthened?