Clarifications about the Solawi model


Did my descriptions of Solawi practices seem roughly accurate to you?

Creating a domain and data model and finding a suitable representation

You probably are referring to this comment on github:

Solawi (solidarity agriculture / Solidarische Landwirtschaft ) is the notion for CSA in German speaking areas. Although in Switzerland also the notion of regional contract agriculture (Regionale Vertragslandwirtschaft (RVL)) exists which uses similar practices.

As the idea is still quite young the common foundational basics are still quite loose. The network is working on a common expression of the Solawi basics, but that is not yet finished. It’s true that some Solawi farms are owned by the members, but that’s not true for the majority. One basis of the Solawi approach is to try mitigate the dichotomy of farmer and consumer, mainly with co-working days for consumers on the farm and the like. To emphasize that with language we we sometimes speak of prosumers or co-farmers when talking of members. For city people working with soil, plants and animals has remarkable effects of reconnection with life itself. Of course the farmer is theoretically part of the community, but whether that results in any effects in real life depends a lot of the involved personalities.

An important point is the risk sharing idea, which becomes more and more important during the climate change we are now experiencing. To really become willing to share risks with somebody, some kind of community feeling must exist, that’s why we are emphasizing this. This is an important factor for long time survival of CSAs in our view.

For the bidding rounds the guys from sunu, @carolin.gruber and @kristina.gruber, are planning to develop an app next year. Having this app as an palpable example of this concept, it might become interesting for more CSAs around the world to experiment with this.