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, 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?

All members are encouraged (but not required) to come and work the land with us. The CSA model encourages 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 educational, fun, social and empowering. 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/abilities.

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

-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 might be weeding, mowing the grass paths, harvesting veg, planting veg, sowing seeds, making up weekly veg shares for members, tilling beds with rakes etc

-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 requirement!

-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 commercial 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 shares (weekly over a month, or fortnightly over two months) and gives you the opportunity to try us before making a commitment. If you love what you receive in those weeks then we ask you to join up where you can choose to pay for the year, monthly or weekly (we discuss your best options at the end of the trial).

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

-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:

£11 for a small and £16 for a medium. All shares contain a mixture of the freshest, seasonal, organic veg grown at Wakelyns. Very occasionally 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. In season fruit also comes into the shares (apples, pears, plums, etc).

-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. But we work hard to create a good variety of veg each week.

-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 and if you are in the Bungay area.

We deliver to local collection points and in some instances direct to your door.

We also have collection points set up at:

The Green Cupboard, Harleston,

Marions shed or The Queens Head, Blyford.

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 in that we ask our members to commit to supporting the growers. We understand how we’re 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 these changing times we recognise our members will be looking to save money where they can and we’re pleased to tell you that we’re now introducing the option to pause your share when you need to. Do let us know if you would like a refund for these periods otherwise we will donate or veg share to someone in need or redistribute it amongst other members .

There is also the option for you to let a local friend have your veg rather than the share be paused and this way the veg has a home to go to, and it spreads the joy of local veg. If you don’t have an idea of who it could go to while you’re away we can store up the share, and once we’ve a years worth we’ll find a family who would appreciate the support and join them as a member for a year (using a compilation of your missed veg share credits, so to speak).

-How can I cancel my veg share?

We recognise that circumstances change in life, if possible please give us a months notice; email at: realveg@wakelyns.co.uk if you need to discuss something.

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

No. We welcome all members who would like to get involved and we 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 we will chat further with you. Through out the summer months we have regular volunteer days.

-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.

-Do I need to bring my own tools?

All the necessary tools will be provided. Do bring food and drink as necessary.

-What footwear should I bring?

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