Summer 2022 CSA Program

As you probably know, 2021 has been an exceptionally difficult year for us at Feedback Farms, but we haven’t given up! Actually things are starting to fall into place for us and we are excited for our future again! Our new farm is growing wonderfully and we have been reinvigorated by this new space surrounded by beautiful wildlife - and with wind in our sails we’ve been thinking about what next for Feedback Farms and how we can continue to do what we love: growing the best food we possibly can while respecting ourselves and the environment we work on.

So, we want to try something new. We want to establish a Community Supported Agriculture or CSA program for our farm, and will be trialling a 12-week CSA membership starting in January 2022. A membership to this CSA program will involve individual commitment to support us in our efforts to produce amazing food over this 12-week period, and in return the member takes their share of the produce we are able to grow over this period. Below I will outline the finer details and reasoning for this program.

Our goals and reasoning for starting this program:

  • Income security

    • Through this program we would like to achieve stability week to week, and unfortunately with a fluctuating customer base and the nature of working on the land has led to us making well below a living wage some weeks.

    • The upfront support of the CSA model supports the farm at the beginning of the growing season, allowing us to purchase seeds and materials for the months ahead, instead of scraping together resources to make-do.

  • Connection with our community

    • We believe our ability to develop relationships with our customers is one of the greatest assets of micro-agriculture and absolutely love being able to connect people with the food they eat.

    • Through developing a core community of support we hope to encourage people to visit the farm and be involved in their own food journey.

    • We want to encourage input and suggestions for the direction and focus of the farm from the people who value it the most - because those voices are the most important to us.

  • Seasonal routine

    • Planning for CSA programs gives us structure for our work lives, reducing the time we have to spend acquiring customers, doing administration and removing uncertainty in our week-to-week planning.

    • This structure will allow us to focus on growing food and improving our farm and practises to really excel, rather than juggling unpredictability.

    • Breaking the growing year up will allow us to plan for time off between CSA memberships instead of the uncertainties of working week-to-week which made this difficult.

Why support us in this way:

  • Members of our farms CSA programs will always be our priority

    • CSA seasons will have strictly limited member numbers according to our capacity and goals for the season.

    • We will strive to exceed expectations for CSA share boxes before pursuing produce sales elsewhere.

  • CSA is more than buying food

    • The purpose of CSA is for communities to support their local food networks through the ups-and-downs to ensure their own food security and that the community will retain and develop skills related to food and land stewardship.

    • CSA offers direct access to the freshest food possible, and in our case - food that is grown with an ethical focus (minimal food miles, minimal food waste, no land clearing, pesticide and herbicide free, minimal plastic and agricultural waste, etc..)

    • These programs allow individuals to be involved in the changing face of farming and fostering the future of ethical and decentralised food production by supporting the pioneers in their region.

What exactly is a CSA membership share:

Please note that membership numbers are strictly limited and we will be giving existing and past customers the first opportunity to support this program before we open it up to the wider community. We are open to discussing payment plans for people who may not be able to purchase a membership upfront.

January - March Full-share membership - $420 ($480 with delivery)

  • 12 weekly produce share boxes ($35 per box)

  • Members-only farm tours, farm picnic or workshop days at no additional cost

  • Local home delivery available for $5/box if weekly farm pickup is not possible

January - March Half-share membership - $228 ($258 with delivery)

  • 6 fortnightly produce share boxes ($38 per box)

  • Members-only farm tours, farm picnic or workshop days at no additional cost

  • Local home delivery available for $5/box if fortnightly farm pickup is not possible

Initially we will be offering delivery to Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and Cessnock LGAs but please get in contact if you live nearby or would be happy to organise a drop-off point or something similar.

We are so very grateful for each and every one of you and your past support has been crucial in getting us to where we are today and allow us to live our passions for growing food and we trust you have enjoyed the fresh, organic and locally grown produce that we work hard to grow!! Our regular box subscriptions will continue at this stage, but may need revision once our CSA program is up and running.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions, concerns or expressions of interest!

Warm regards,

Matthew, Lauren and James

Feedback Farms

If you would like to secure your spot for the program please email us at with your name and contact details and we will be in touch!