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CSA Cultivating Cooperatives

CSA Cultivating Cooperatives

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Cultivating Co-operatives
organisational structures forlocal food enterprises
 
Contents
4 Case studies
 
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4.10Goddard Farm
51
4.20Gear Farm
52
4.30Growing Communities
53
4.40Wester Lawrenceton Farm
55
4.50Dragon Orchard Cropsharers
57
4.60Thames Valley Farmers’ Market Co-operative
57
4.70Kettering CSA 
61
4.80Bowland Farmers’ Co-operative
63
4.90Stroud Community Agriculture
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4.10 Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch CSA 
66
5 Meetings
 
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5.10Suggested procedure
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5.20Holding meetings
71
5.30Involving the community 
72
6 Further information
 
78
6.10Organisations
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6.20Books and sources
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6.30Websites
84
 Acknowledgements
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Foreword
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1 A toolkit for local food enterprises
 
4
1.10What is this toolkit for?
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1.20How do I use the toolkit?
5
1.30What is a local food enterprise?
6
1.40What are the benefits of local food?
6
2 Developing an organisation
 
8
2.10Getting started
9
2.20Who are we?
9
2.30What do we want to do?
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2.40Making a business plan
12
2.50Getting established
14
2.60Making the most of peopleand information
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3 Protecting your organisation
 
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3.10Summary of legal structures andthe options
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3.20Unincorporated options
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3.30Incorporated options
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3.40Other legal options
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3.50Types of organisations
35
3.60Mutual tax status
36
3.70Social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations
38
3.80Governing documents
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3.90Choosing a structure
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3.10 How to incorporate
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Cultivating Co-operatives is a partnership project between us (Soil Association) and the Plunkett Foundation, working closely with Co-operatives
UK 
 and funded by Co-operative Action.The project was set up in response to the needs of an increasing number of community-based localfood initiatives. These initiatives wanted to findappropriate organisational structures that meet their needs without unnecessary expense or useof time. The project was then expanded to coverthe whole of the local food sector.Food and farming has an important role increating our culture, landscape and health. Wecould have a system that best serves the interestsof a centralised industry, or we can put the interestsof communities, local economies, the environment and health first. Local food enterprises bringpeople together to make this possible. We have produced this toolkit to help local foodenterprises develop their organisations, allowingthem to work effectively and achieve their aims. We have developed it through research andthrough advising a number of new initiatives.The focus of this toolkit is on the law as it appliesin England and Wales, as the laws in Scotlandand Northern Ireland are different (particularly for charities), although the principles of organisational development apply across theUK. If you have any suggestions for how wecan improve this document, please contact us.
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