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 potential barriers 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 as well as free produce to local organizations, 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 30% – 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 $30 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.

Not sure how much to contribute?

We encourage our partners to consider these guidelines:

Consider contributing more (4 + baskets) if you: Own the home you live in, have investments, retirement accounts, inherited money, travel recreationally, work part-time by choice, have access to family money and resources in times of need, have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education (or gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.) Even if you are not currently exercising your earning power, we ask you to recognize this as a choice.

Consider contributing less if you: Are supporting children or have other dependents, have significant debt, have medical expenses not covered by insurance, have tuition/educational expenses, receive public assistance, have immigration related expenses, are a senior citizen.

The scale is intended to be a map, inviting each of us to take inventory of our financial resources and look deeper at our levels of financial privilege. It is a way to work towards economic justice on a local level. While we do ask you to look inward, please don’t stress about it.

*We have used language from Rock Steady Farm, and would like to thank Underground Alchemy, Soul Fire Farm, Radherb, Third Root, and the Kula Center for their inspiration, dedication, and work developing sliding scale models.*

OUR SOLIDARITY PROGRAM

As in previous years, we will be using these contributions to offer our vegetable baskets at reduced prices. We will also offer produce free of charge to a number of local community organizations including Maison de l’Amitié, Bureau de la Communauté Haïtienne de Montréal, and Café Partage D’Argenteuil.

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). 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!

Vegetable basket
Cabbage field