The rise of CSAs in China

On April 16th, Shi Yan, pioneer of the Community Supported Agriculture movement in China will visit Wageningen after participating in FAO's International Symposium on Agroecology. During the day she will visit a selection of CSAs and in the evening she will give a presentation at Wageningen University.

Organised by Stichting Otherwise Wageningen

ma 16 april 2018 19:00 to 21:00

Venue Forum, gebouwnummer 102
Droevendaalsesteeg 2
6708 PB Wageningen
In 2008 Shi-Yan started the first CSA of China in the area of Bejing as a joint project with her university, the district government, and the Renmin Rural Reconstruction Centre. By now some 800 CSA's are operating around China.

Shi Yan had been inspired by her experience of working with Earthrise Farm, a small CSA in Minnesota, USA. “It changed my life,” says Shi Yan. She arrived there thinking that she would study its business model, “but when living there, I realised that farming is not just a model, it’s a lifestyle.” But she decided to move to the northwest corner of Beijing’s Haidian district to found and manage Little Donkey farm, going against the trend of young people abandoning rural villages for jobs in the city. Aftee that she started Shared Harvest farm, where she produces fresh food and also trains both farmers and school children. From: Community supported agriculture thriving in China, Farming Matters, 9 June 2015

With a growing middle class and expanding cities fresh produce has become hard to come by. Novel food production and distribution systems are successfully meeting demands of urban residents in search of fresh and local produce. As the story of Shi-Yan tells, the CSA movement also offers opportunities to young people to shape their lifes according to a different set of principles from the average big city way of life.

Come and learn more about Shi-Yan and the CSA movement in China and join us on April 16th.

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