We're a small local farming company that supplies soft fruit and vegetables to its subscribers in the form of a weekly box all year round. Our crops are grown by organic methods, without the use of any pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilisers.
Because we are a local company growing for local people, our service cuts out distributors and retailers, resulting in subscribers getting cost-price vegetables and soft fruit.
We encourage our subscribers to become involved in the growing of their food and offer a discount if they come to the field to help with labour-intensive tasks such as weeding and soft fruit picking. Over three-quarters of our subscribers choose to do workshifts... and they all seem to enjoy the experience! Subscriber help with workshifts is central to EarthShare's success - without such help we would not be able to farm organically.
Subscribers make a commitment to EarthShare for a year at a time; during that year they receive an equal share of everything that is harvested. If the harvests are bountiful (which they usually are!) you will receive bountiful boxes; if one particular crop fails, you will receive less of that crop than planned. It is all about sharing the risks and rewards of farming.
This concept is known as CSA: community supported agriculture.
Our subscribers pick up their boxes, either a Standard or a Small box, from 3 pm on Fridays or any time during Saturdays or Sundays from our pickup points in Forres, Findhorn or Elgin. (Many of our subscribers have organised a shared collection rota and we are happy to pass on the name of your nearest EarthShare neighbour if you wish).
We have various social events throughout the year based around traditional celebrations, for example the Tattie Festival in October which celebrates the end of our potato harvesting, or the summer garden party when subscribers get together and enjoy strawberries, cream and cucumber sandwiches.