My name is Claire Chabrieres. I created ShiokFarm in 2015 when I became aware that the organic pear I was feeding my toddler cost $6! When I became pregnant with twins, I realised that if I wanted to give each child an organic pear, the cost would be $18... Crazy! I then looked at the different existing communities/systems.
ShiokFarm is inspired from the French AMAP. In a nutshell, a group of families gather together and tell a farmer that they will buy all his production. Knowing his revenue is secured, the farmer can offer very competitive prices. This allows families to have regionally grown organic veggies and fruits at a very competitive price - ShiokFarm organic fruits and veggies are actually cheaper than some of the generic products one can find in Singapore, just because we go straight from the farm to your plate! Note that we are plastic free! :)
By joining our program, you also allow an estimated 40% saving on food waste. Indeed, as the farmer knows what he has to grow, the food waste that usually happens with the wholesaler, importer, distributor and retailer do not happen as these intermediaries are not in the chain anymore. Eating what is available at the market is how the humanity has been feeding itself up until 50 years ago & it is sustainable for the environment.
As a social entreprise, supporting the community is very central to our mission. Since we started in 2015, we have donated almost 3 tonnes of organic fruits and vegetables to Cheshire Home for the Disabled. We also support Onesimus, a farm project that uses farming as therapy for the disadvantaged in Singapore. For Christmas 2017, Violaine, one of our members, worked with Martin from the Onesimus Café to make a roselle jam that we gifted to our customers. For Christmas 2018, we supported Fair Farms in Kep, Cambodia. They grow wonderful Kampot pepper that we gifted to our members for Christmas (you can now buy some from the "Our Dry Food" section). For Christmas 2019, we gifted chocolate made by the Wildness project, a wonderful initiative started by Marie Monmont who makes delicious organic chocolate in a kitchen where she trains disabled workers (check "Our Dry Food" section to buy your own).
Three things to note: