When you participate in the Mimsbrook CSA box scheme you will not only enjoy the freshest organic and biodynamic produce straight from certified farms but you will also directly support the farmers who grow it.
Like farmer markets, Community Supported Agriculture is a growing worldwide phenomenon that allows consumers a closer connection to the land and people who grow the food that they eat.
CSA systems provide mutual benefits for consumers and producers by developing a regional food system, a strong local economy and a sense of community. CSAs encourage care of the land and acknowledge the experience of growers and producers on smaller farms.
Consumers who take advantage of the Mimsbrook CSA box scheme help farmers by financing farming operations through upfront payments for produce. This allows farmers to focus their efforts on the quality rather than quantity of food.
It also means that farmers of small operations can become viable in a system which favours corporatised and industrialised agriculture and all the negative effects that has on our food.
Why should you participate in our CSA box scheme?
- You will be eating fresh organic and bio-dynamic food
- You will save money - CSA boxes are great value
- You'll know exactly where your food comes from
- You can get to know the people who grow your food
- Learn more about food production
- By helping small farms become more viable you help stop the loss of food-producing land to urban development and help with food system resilience
- Buying direct from farmers reduces the amount of packaging required for your food
- Buying food in season means reducing the environmental impact of the food you eat
The greatest long-term benefit goes to the land itself. Community Supported Agriculture encourages sustainable farming practices which do not degrade soil or water.
Community Supported Agriculture can provide healthier organic food to more people for less money while at the same time sustaining the earth on which we live.
The contents of the boxes in our CSA scheme are fresh seasonal produce that we choose for you from Mimsbrook Farm and from other certified organic producers.
Our boxes are full of beautiful seasonal produce. While the mix of produce in a seasonal box will vary from week to week and some produce may not be available at some times during the year, by eating seasonal produce your food will be fresher, tastier, healthier and more nutritious.
You will also be helping the environment as most non-seasonal produce is kept in storage or transported great distances before it is sold.
We are now offering those who share in our harvest even greater food value and variety with a box for every type of household.
Find out what types of boxes are available here.
Community Supported Agriculture at Mimsbrook Farm
in 1994, Carmel Bainbridge took ownership of Mimsbrook Farm, a picturesque 12 acre farm located on the southern outskirts of Perth, Western Australia (35 minutes from the CBD).
Biodynamic farming practices commenced on the farm in 1996 and Demeter certification was awarded in 2001.
Mimsbrook Farm held a public forum in late 2003 to gauge levels of interest in establishing a Community Supported Agriculture project and the first CSA project in Western Australia was launched in response to overwhelming community support.
As well as being a source of local, environmentally sustainable produce, Mimsbrook Farm Community Supported Agriculture also holds regular training workshops and public lectures.