Our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares for 2021-22 season are full, to be alerted if any spots open up and for summer 22-23 you can join our waiting list here.

How does it work?

We invite members to pay an amount within a reasonable range for a share – in exchange you get a weekly fruit box over the season.

We offer 3kg and 4.5kg boxes at a suggested price of $500 per season for 3kg box (which is around $7.50 per kilo of fruit) and $700 per season for a 4.5kg box (which is $7 per kilo). We invite members to pay what they can in a range from $420 – $700. Those that can afford to pay more will be supporting others to pay less while still ensuring that the Orchard Keepers are also sustained in their stewardship of the orchard.

Our season averages 22 weeks and includes cherries, apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums, apples and pears – and over 100 varieties of these!

We are aiming to have 80 CSA members this season as local as possible to the farm.

CSAs vary all around the world, but essentially we are seeking to break with more traditional systems of sales and distribution and build closer relationships between customers and farmers. Customers sign up by buying an upfront share in the coming harvest. This means that you are joining a community that can collectively share risk, as opposed to all of that being on the farmer alone. This means that you are in with us and get to share in adversity as well as abundance.

You can check out the CSA member MOU here.

What is Community-supported agriculture (CSA)?

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance articulates Community-supported agriculture (CSA) as a model of food production and distribution that directly connects farmers and eaters – people buy shares in a farm’s projected harvest in advance and for a set period (a season, or a year, for example) and receive regular deliveries.

Being part of CSA is a way for eaters to share with the farmer the costs and risks of farming as well as the bounty.

CSAs vary in their structure and payment terms, but the principle is that farms supply their produce directly to their members through a subscription model – a commitment from the eater is made to accept the produce they are given and to share the risk of the harvest with the farmer.

CSA started in the 1970s in Japan by organic vegetable farmers and is now widespread and growing around the world. It is based on the Principles of Teikei (1978).

Principles of Teikei;

  • Principle of mutual assistance
  • Principle of accepting the produce
  • Principle of mutual concession in the price decision
  • Principle of deepening friendly relationships
  • Principle of self-distribution
  • Principle of democratic management
  • Principle of learning among each group
  • Principle of maintaining the appropriate group scale
  • Principle of steady development

Australia has a growing CSA movement as small-scale farmers move to this solidarity economy for financial security, risk sharing, and deeper connection with the people who eat their produce.