Solidarity Baskets

Bringing it to the table: Good food that’s accessible!

Our philosophy

A big part of our mission as a farm is to produce good, healthy food that is accessible to as many people as possible.  We know that there are many barriers (time, location, cost, education…) that can prevent folks from having access to fresh, organic produce and we strive to find creative solutions to overcome some of them. We know that cost can be a major barrier to some, and so we have set up a system to help us provide some baskets at a reduced price, while still allowing the producers to work towards earning a just salary.  We call them solidarity baskets, because those who have the ability to donate do so out of solidarity with those who do not.  Here’s how it works:

Receiving a solidarity basket:  Anyone can receive a basket at reduced price, we don’t need to see any proof- we trust you! On our registration form mention in the comment section that you would like to receive a subsidized basket or send us an email at info@fermeauxchampsquichantent.com.  That’s all!  Don’t worry about the prices on the form or the payment schedule- once we receive your email or comment, we will get in touch with you and find a price and a payment timeline that works for you.  We usually suggest around 50% of the total cost, if that works for you, and of course it always depends how many donations we have received.  No proof of income will be requested.

Donating to a solidarity basket:  We receive donations for our solidarity baskets from partners and non-partners alike.  Anyone who wants to help make good organic food more accessible, and has the means to do so, is encouraged support the program.  You can donate to our program by selecting the option “Solidarity Basket” on our registration form. Depending on your capability, you can decide to donate 1, 2 or 3 solidarity basket (value of 27$ each). Although, we accept any donation so if you want to donate a different amount please mention it in the comment section or contact us by email at info@fermeauxchampsquichantent.com.

Our Solidarity Program

As in previous years, we will be using these contributions to offer our vegetable baskets at reduced prices. We are also create opportunities for community organizations to produce their own food on our farm.

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We have an established relationship with two groups in the area that we hope to expand this year to include resources and training for these groups to have their own gardens at the farm, as well as participate in other farm activities. We hope that with a more participatory approach, your donations will go further by providing more food as well as the educational and empowering experience of doing it oneself!

Parallel to this, we are hoping to create a committee involving farmers, community members, and farm partners to provide insight and direction to this project.  We’ll talk more about this at our annual partner meeting, but please get in touch with us if you are already interested in participating! Here’s a link to a blog entry about a donation we made to the Centre d’Entraide in Verdun, as well as the CFAD (Continuité famille auprès des détenues) and Chez Doris (a day centre for homeless women).Café partage 2014

We commit to using all funds donated to directly reduce the price of vegetables for those who request it, and earmark donations outside of our regular flow of farm income.  If not all funds have been used, we will connect with local community groups to refer their participants to us.

Thank you for helping us make good food available to all, and bringing us one step closer to the just world we want to live in!