About ShiokFarm


Hello and a warm welcome to ShiokFarm!

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 are supporting Fair Farms in Kep, Cambodia. They grow wonderful Kampot pepper that we gifted to our members for Christmas.  

 

Three things to note: 

  • This program is a 6 months partnership between the members and the farmers
. The members commit to buy the full production of the farmer, in return of which the farmer gives us a really good price. This implies that when you go on holidays/cannot pick up your share, you will have to find a neighbor or a friend to pick it up for you. If not, your share will be given to a charity (ShiokFarm supports Cheshire Home in Serangoon Gardens Way). 
  • Deliveries happen on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and at a given time (a two hours window). A ShiokFarm member hosts the Collection point and other members have to pick up their shares at that agreed time. If members' schedule does not allow to be at the Collection point on time, we now offer home deliveries at an additional cost of $45/month for your bags of organic fruits & vegetables. 
  • We favor local agriculture and short supply chains (ie: most of our produces come from Thailand or Malaysia). Occasionally, we will top up our bags with certified organic produces coming from organic farms that are further away to allow more variety in our bags.

 

To choose your bag and become a Member, please click here.
To read our Members Guidelines, please click here.

Warm regards,

Claire & the ShiokFarm team

 

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