F A Qs

-What do I get as a CSA member?

You become a member of RealVeg Community Supported Agriculture when you sign up for a veg share.

You will receive a quarterly newsletter, invite to socials on the farm, an invite to our annual AGM where you get to share your thoughts and ideas. And you get the opportunity to come down to the farm on volunteer days – meet – socialise and work on the land.

-What is expected of me as a CSA member?

Weekly collection of your veg share from Wakelyns farm where possible.

Attendance at the annual AGM where possible.

All members are encouraged (but not required) to come and work the land with us. The concept of CSA is for there to be collaboration between the growers and members so that members can have a fuller relationship with the food they eat.

We want this CSA to be educative, fun, social and empowering, and of course there will be a little work 🙂 We would like members to come and work with us as much or as little as you like and we will of course aim to fit the work to your needs.

If you don’t want to come and work on the farm or can’t, that’s okay too.

We will plan mass planting days and have regular harvest days where we will send emails out to rally as many members as possible.

And to bear in mind that our need for help will vary throughout the growing season.

-What might the work involve?

We are a no dig farm so no digging please! – the only time spades will be involved is when we put compost on the veg beds.
Other jobs will be weeding, mowing the grass paths, harvesting veg, planting veg, sowing seeds, making up weekly veg shares for members, tilling beds with rakes.

-What if I want a veg share but don’t have the time to help?

No problem, that’s ok, doing the farm work is not a necessity for members.

-What is no-dig?

No-dig is simple; you just don’t dig, you don’t turn the soil, you don’t disturb the soil flora and fauna, you don’t dig in mulch materials. We do cultivate the soil using hoes but we leave the worms to pull down organic materials once we’ve spread compost out with rakes (top-dressing).
Digging soil became common as gardeners copied commerical agricultural practices. Ploughing is an easy way to deal with large fields but is not necessary on a small scale.
“No-dig leaves soil undisturbed, and you feed the masses of soil life with organic matter on the surface, as happens in nature, to maintain drainage and aeration.” Charles Dowding.
No-dig also leaves weed seeds in the ground instead of bringing them up to the surface and most importantly by not digging we leave the mycorrhizal fungi intact. These fungi are nature’s underground communication network, with science only now beginning to understand the importance of mycorrhizal communities.

– Membership options:

Take a look at our Membership page.

Trial membership runs for 4 weeks only and gives you the opportunity to try us before making a larger financial commitment. If you love what you receive in those weeks then we ask you to go on to join up as a rest of year member where you can choose to pay for the year or monthly.

Rest of year membership is set up so you can join at any time and make a commitment to our farm by paying for the remainder of the year up front.

Supporter member is for those of you who do not need any veg but would like to support our CSA project.

-Is there wheelchair access?

From the rains in September through to the dry weather in the spring the site is muddy. Wheelchairs would need to pass over rough grass to access the various parts of the food garden. There are no smooth laid pathways.

-What is the price of a veg share?

There are 2 veg share sizes:

£10 for a small and £15 for a medium. They will contain a mixture of the freshest, seasonal, organic veg grown at Wakelyns. At times we do have to buy in produce from local, organically certified farms.

-What do I get with a veg share?

Super fresh, seasonal, organic, zero food miles veg. Does it get any better!

Everything in the veg share will be grown at Wakelyns by RealVeg in the Agroforestry alleys where possible.

-Can I choose what I get in my veg share?

In order to produce beautiful veg for you we need to keep our admin to a minimum and so at this stage we unfortunately can’t offer choice in what you receive each week.
However we want you to be happy with our shares and we will provide a swap box for those of you who can collect and wish to swap something out for something in the swap box.

-How often can I get a veg share?

Once a week or once a fortnight

-Do you deliver my veg share?

Yes but only within a 6 mile radius of Wakelyns. We deliver to local collection points and in some instances direct to your door.

We also have collection points set up at: Leos Deli in Framlingham, The Green Cupboard, Harleston

Please contact us for further info if this is stopping you from signing up to a veg share 🙂

-Can I pause my veg share if I go away?

As a CSA we are a little different to other veg box companies. We ask our members to commit to supporting the growers and this means committing to a financial investment so that the growers can keep growing the lovely veg for you. It’s a bit like planting a seed, you need to regularly water it and re-pot it to have the seed grow into a beautiful flower.
We understand how we are all used to the convenience of supermarkets, of being able to show up at nearly anytime of the day and get fruit and veg in and out of season throughout the year.

With a CSA we want our members to gain a fuller understanding of what it takes to grow good, tasty, organic veg in a sustainable way for the growers and the land. So, in essence, it is better if you can organise for it to go to a friend rather than be paused this way our veg always has a home to go to!

-How can I cancel my veg share?

We offer a 4 week trial veg share so you can decide if it works for you. After 4 weeks you can walk away or sign up for as a committed member. We recognise that circumstances change in life to please send us an email at: realveg@wakelyns.co.uk if you need to discuss something.

-If I help out 4hrs a week do I pay less for my veg share?

No. We welcome all members who would like to get involved and encourage all members to get involved.
We believe you will enjoy your veg so much more if you personally helped to grow it and formed friendships with those who have been there nurturing it into fruition too! We want you to help out because you choose to support those that grow the food you eat and gain an experience from it.

-How do I help?

Just let us know you would like to help and you will recieve our volunteer email with details and options of how to help.

-When I come and help, what facilities are there?

Wakelyns has toilets and hand washing facilities available; we will provide a sheltered area to sit and rest and have a cuppa. On some days onsite chef Henrietta will be at the farm cafe, where you can purchase snacks, Wakelyns produce and maybe even a warm lunch – please tell us ahead of time so we can see if the option is available.

-Do I need to bring my own tools?

All the necessary tools will be provided.

-What footwear should I bring?

Sturdy shoes or boots that you don’t mind getting muddy or dirty.

Is there anything else we should know about RealVeg?

We run our veg shares from June to March the following year. For 8 weeks of April and May we focus on planting and sowing the new seasons crops. Thus veg shares will only be available 44 weeks a year.