Embercombe Garden – Harvest Share Scheme
Receive fresh, local, ecologically-produced fruit and vegetables from £10 a week.
We are starting a new subscription farming scheme based on the idea of Community Supported Agriculture. We produce fruit and vegetables for our own kitchens, but are now able to grow a surplus and will be offering members of the scheme their share of the harvest in the form of a weekly veg box through the year. This is a relatively new approach to farming where consumers become members of the farm and commit to buy a share of the farm’s harvest for 12-months at a time.
In this way we have a secure market and are able to tailor our production to meet our customer’s demand. We farm in an ecological and low-input way and offer to our members the opportunity to take an active interest in where their food is coming from and how it is produced.
Here is how the Embercombe Harvest Share Scheme works:
The season runs for 9 months (40 weeks) of the year, from the beginning of July to the beginning of April. This is the period when we aim to provide you with a veg box of delicious, fresh, local and ecologically produced fruit and vegetables.
In summer, a share may be 10 different items including high value produce such as ecologically produced tomatoes.
In autumn, a share will likely be more than 10 different items including a wide range of fruit and veg, staples and higher value produce.
In winter and into early spring, your weekly share will again be approximately 10 items, including winter squash, a variety of root vegetables, various greens, mixed salad leaves and apples.
For the remaining 12 weeks of the year, we do not aim to provide members with a veg box, as this time includes the hungry gap when not so much is available from the garden. This is why the membership price is calculated based on 40 weeks – at £10 per week (for a small box) and £15 per week (for a large box). It is possible, in a good year, that we will be able to provide some produce to our members during these 12 weeks, but we do not guarantee it.
We do not buy in any produce and so we only supply what we grow. This means that if there is a shortage or crop failure, the members carry the risk in order to support the farm through lean times. The reward is that in a good season the members will enjoy shares that are full to over-brimming with wonderful produce that is ecologically produced, delivered as fresh as it could be, and supporting the local community.
As members you will also be welcome to attend our monthly friends’ working weekends as day guests, and we will keep you informed about all other events.
Your membership helps us to continue to produce high quality, organic fruit and vegetables right here, on the edge of the Teign Valley, and to continue offering valuable educational opportunities for many people – including many local school children – to come and experience how their food is grown.
If you chose to pay by standing order your payment will be spread over the whole year in monthly payments but there will be some weeks when you will not receive any produce (in April, May and June). The model of Community Supported Agriculture works best when members pay up-front at the beginning of the season but we understand that this is not possible for everyone.
Embercombe Garden – Salad Share Scheme
If you don’t want all that veg, you can also become a member of the salad share scheme. Members will get a bag of seasonal and delicious, freshly picked salad leaves every week of the year. Bags will always have a seasonal selection of leaves, and will often have a mix of over 10 different leaves.
Again, we will take on members for the whole year, paying upfront or monthly. Membership costs £78 for the year (£1.50 a week) for a medium bag, and £130 for the year (about £2.50) for a very large bag.
Veg boxes and salad bags will be available for pick up from Embercombe or a local drop-off point on Thursday late afternoons/early evenings.
To become a member of either scheme, contact Dan at email@example.com or on 01647 252 983 and we will send you a membership form.