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! :)
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 are supporting Fair Farms in Kep, Cambodia. They grow wonderful Kampot pepper that we will gift to our members for Christmas.
Three things to note: