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