Introduction of Hosting Organisation

Name of Organisation Work Focus Notes
Liang Shu-ming Rural Reconstruction Centre The centre is devoted to the development of Liang Shuming’s rural reconstruction theories and cultural study, to experimentation and promotion of farmers’ cooperatives, and to the building of new rural villages. The work of the centre focuses on building healthy and sound producer cooperatives in the rural area and on advocating healthy consumption practice in cities through consumer cooperatives. Joined the programme in 2006 when the first phase of the programme was launched.
Beijing DRW Ecology Environmental Technology Center The centre was established in March 2004 and its aims to be “concerned with health, love of land, care for life, and to foster trust and integrity”. The centre was previously a CSA network organised by consumers—a group of urban consumers who were concerned with health and environmental issues and advocated the reading of Chinese ancient classics. They promote collective purchase of (mainly) organic vegetables based on the principle of trust and integrity. Joined the programme in 2007 when the second phase of the programme was launched.
Shichahai Green Living Centre The Green Living Centre was established in 2007 and its focus is on building a platform for public’s participation in preserving and promoting the culture and environment of Shichahai area. “Safety on the Dining Table and Green Choice” is a CSA programme currently implemented by the centre. Community activities organized at the early stage of the programme include community workshops, visits to organic farms, interaction and exchange between producers and consumers, and collective purchase. Joined the programme in 2009 when the fourth phase of the programme was launched, but it failed to recruit any intern.
Lily Vegetarian Restaurant The restaurant is a vegetarian restaurant located at the hutong area in Beijing. It advocates “huosheng actions” the objective of which is the harmonious coexistence of heaven, earth and human beings. It emphasises “respect, love and care for Nature, harmonious living with Life”, deep participation in healthy diet, spiritual environmentalism and organic agricultural practice. Joined the programme in 2008 when the third phase of the programme was launched.
Farmers’ Friends/Ainong Hui Farmers’ Friends/Ainong Hui was established by a group of urban consumers in Liuzhou, Guangxi. Using the CSA approach, they try to bring together the power of consumers to encourage small farmers in the rural area to develop local agriculture on the basis of cooperation and mutual help and to develop alternative marketing channels in the cities for local agricultural products grown in the natural way. The organisation is also a platform for youth training as it encourages them to start their own enterprises in the field of CSA. Currently it owns its own restaurant and organises farm fairs as alternative marketing channels. Joined the programme in 2006 when the first phase of the programme was launched.
Community Farm Fair The Community Farm Fair was set up in Liuzhou in early 2009 by veteran interns of the CSA Internship Programme. The Community Farm Fair aims to bring farmers they collaborate with to the city for direct exchange with consumers so that the latter would learn about the ways food is produced and also the process of production. Joined since 2009
Angel House Angel House is the first public welfare organisation that aims at providing cerebral palsy patients with diverse rehabilitation service, education and guidance on self-care in everyday life. With CSA interns as the link between the organisation and farmers, the organisations hopes on the one hand to encourage farmers to grow organic vegetables and to rear livestock, on the other hand it hopes to promote the farmers’ produce among donors and volunteers of the organisations. Angel House hopes that through these interactions both farmers and consumers have the opportunity to experience the beautiful relationship between human beings and Nature. Joined the programme in 2010.
Shuangshan Natural Farm Shuangshan Natural Farm was established in Guilin in 2007 and it occupies an area of about 30 mu. The whole layout of the farm is planned to coincide with the cycle and the laws of Nature. Consequently, a mode of rearing and cultivation based on the ecological cycle is developed. The farm hopes that more people will learn about natural farming so that farmers in the surrounding area will join in developing natural agriculture and more people are able to have healthy and natural food. Joined the programme in 2010.
Guangxi Maize Research Institute The main task and the research goal of Guangxi Maize Research Institute in Zhuang People's Autonomous Prefecture in Guangxi is to take up national and prefectural research projects and international cooperation projects on cultivation technology research in new varieties of maize, soy beans and sweet potatoes. Joined the programme in 2006 when the first phase of the programme was launched.
Nurtureland Nutureland is a non-profit making organisation established in early 2006 and was established by a group of reflective urban dwellers. Nurtureland is a “everyday life circle” and aims to support reflection and innovative research actions of individuals in social development. Specific activities of the organisation include facilitating transformation of the mode of production of farmers, organising collective purchase among urban consumers and holding workshops on sustainable living. Joined the programme in 2007 when the second phase of the programme was launched.
Guangzhou Green Farming Urban-Rural Cooperative Guangzhou Green Farming Urban-Rural Cooperative is an organisation set up with the support of the Social Work Service Centre of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou to foster mutual help and cooperation between rural and urban population. Using the CSA approach, it encourages farmers in villages with favourable natural and ecological environment not to use pesticides, chemical fertilisers and herbicides, and to use traditional farming methods to cultivate healthy agricultural products. It supports organic farming using the collective power of consumers in order to achieve goals beneficial to both rural and urban population. Joined in 2011 as a new receiving organisation.
Nanling Society Nanling Society is a local environmental NGO in Guangdong. It was set up in January, 2007. It attempts to use the CSA approach to link up the needs of rural social groups and urban consumers. Taking into consideration the concrete condition of the various natural reserves in Nanling, it promotes sustainable and ecological farming that conserves the land and encourages the farmers not to use pesticide and chemical fertilizer. At the same time, it actively works with urban groups on environmental protection, fostering changes in their mode of consumption with the aim to build a healthy and sustainable lifestyle and a consumption system that is based on “fair trade”. Joined the programme in 2007 when the second phase of the programme was launched.
Guangzhou Huiling Farm Established in 2009, the farm adopts the sophisticated management concepts and marketing principles of Guangzhou Hiuling Service for Mentally Handicapped with the aim to provide mentally handicapped people with healthy physical and mental development and the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and talent. The organization also aims to provide mentally handicapped people with employment opportunities and a centre for them to pass their old age. The farm also aims to provide high quality organic vegetables and to provide a venue for the larger society to show their care for the mentally handicapped people and their support for the disadvantaged and to realize their social responsibility. Joined in 2011as a new receiving organisation.
Chengdu Waldorf School The school is the first Waldorf school in China and was established by teachers who had studied the thoughts of Rudolf Waldorf and a group of parents who were enthusiastic about Waldorf education. In the Waldorf education system, nature activity (including farming and gardening) is one of the main components of teaching and learning. The school and CSA interns have tried various practice in relation to healthy and sustainable living including on campus healthy and sustainable living by teachers and students, the healthy living alliance, the establishment of cooperatives for community living and consumption, book reading activities, and the development of urban farming, etc. Joined the programme in 2006 when the first phase of the programme was launched.