Principles and Vision

Our Vision

Stroud Community Agriculture (SCA) provides a link between people and farming. It does this by providing an opportunity for people to support and benefit from farm projects in various ways:

  • by paying towards the costs of running farm projects,
  • by receiving a share of the produce
  • by volunteering time to help with farm work and other work linked to the running of SCA,
  • by setting up and attending events linked to the farm,
  • or just by being interested in SCA

SCA aims to provide as many people as possible in the Stroud area with opportunities to make these direct links with farming and food.

SCA aims to:

  • pay the people who work on the farm a fair wage
  • develop a rich variety of crops, livestock and other projects that meet the needs of the farm and the people who support the farm
  • provide opportunities for as many people as possible to make connections to the farm in whatever ways work for them.
  • manage the farm in a way that is sensitive to the environment, wildlife and ecological system that the farm is part of
  • encourage other, similar projects to set up

Our Principles

The guiding principles of Stroud Community Agriculture are:

  1. To farm in a way that enhances biodiversity and reduces our carbon emissions.
  2. To develop a sense of community around the production of our food.
  3. To ensure our farmers have a decent livelihood and can afford to live in Stroud District.
  4. To continue to pioneer a new economic model based on mutual benefit and shared risk.
  5. To offer opportunities for learning, therapy and re-connecting with the life of the earth.
  6. To practice organic and biodynamic agriculture.
  7. To be inclusive in welcoming people from any background or situation, including those with low or no income.
  8. To encourage members, in co-operation with the farmers, to use the farm for their individual and social activities and celebrations.
  9. To be transparent in all our affairs. To make decisions on the basis of consensus wherever possible. To strive towards social justice.
  10. To network with others to promote community supported agriculture to other communities and farms and share our learning (both economic and farming).
  11. To work co-operatively with other enterprises that share our principles.