My Earth Box Program
Most of the food you purchase is grown very far away, by people you will never meet, often in a completely different country!
But what if it could be different?
My Earth Box Program allows you to receive regular deliveries of locally grown, certified organic veggies and become a part of the Earth Stewards farm family, but that's not where the goodness ends!
- Seasonal eating made easy - if it's not growing, we don't send it!
Even though eating seasonally is the best way to get the maximum amount of nutrition out of your food, it can be time-consuming and a little confusing. But not with My Earth Box Program!
- Supporting local farmers - not your ordinary food subscription
We only do seasonal intakes for a reason: your investment into our program helps support the ecosystem of our urban farm. We operate using a Community Supported Agriculture model, which means you are getting more than just food boxes - you are buying a share in our entire season's harvest. This allows us to buy everything needed at the start of the season, and provides guaranteed income for our staff throughout the year.
What does the program look like in a nutshell?
- You become a part of our My Earth Box Program
- You receive weekly deliveries of seasonal (certified organic) veggies
- You support local, organic urban farmers
- You are now a part of an urban farm family!
HOW MUCH DOES THE TWELVE WEEK PROGRAM COST?
Small Earth Box (feeds about two hungry Earth Lovers) = $540+Shipping
Large Earth Box (feeds about four hungry Earth Lovers) = $780+Shipping
HOW MUCH DOES SHIPPING COST?
At the moment we are only doing deliveries to the Auckland and Waikato regions (we would love to share our veggies with everyone, but we also don’t want to compromise on produce quality).
Freight costs $12 per box.
CAN I PAY WEEKLY?
You can set up a direct debit with us for your Earth Box payments instead of paying in full. Please let us know when you register so that we can send you the appropriate details.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I WANT TO SKIP A WEEK?
Because you aren’t purchasing a box - you are purchasing your piece of an entire harvest. When you don’t get your veggies we can’t put them back in the ground. They have to go somewhere! However, there are some truly awesome options for you to select instead of getting your usual delivery:
- Gift a box - share the goodness of certified organic veggies with a friend! We’ll take care of the delivery, you just let us know the important details in a timely fashion.
- Donate a box - food scarcity is a real issue, even in first world countries. If you don’t have a use for your veggies on one particular week, gift it to a family in need.
WHAT DOES SEASONAL EATING MEAN?
The ability to access every vegetable at any time of the year is a relatively modern concept. For centuries people have been following a much more seasonal cycle of consuming food, and for good reason! Eating what Mother Nature grows WHEN she grows it is the best way to ensure optimal nutrition and sustenance. But don’t take our word for it: give it a try! You’ll be surprised how much more you appreciate the seasons as they come and go.
IS THIS THE SAME AS A FOOD BOX SUBSCRIPTION?
It’s very similar (you get a box of food every week) but there are a few key differences between our program and a classic food box model. Instead of purchasing one box a week with a variety of food, you are actually buying your portion of an entire season’s harvest! We are looking after it, then packaging it up and sending it to you as it becomes ripe and ready. It’s like having your own giant urban garden, but never having to pull a weed!
This model of food distribution (community supported agriculture) creates a sustainable ecosystem for local farmers. They’re able to count on a guaranteed income as they go through the process of growing and harvesting food for you.
WHAT IS AN URBAN FARM?
Take all your ideas of rolling green hills and acres of farmland and throw them out the window. We are a farm situated in the middle of suburbia - and we love being so close to our community! We are a regular functioning farm but because we are working with a much smaller space, we have to be efficient and sustainable at every stage of the farming process.
WHAT WILL BE IN THE BOX?
Here’s the cool thing… it’s different every week! We harvest our beautiful veggies once a week, then clean, portion and package them up for you. As with everything else Mother Nature does, it’s different and unique all the time. We can tell you with some certainty which veggies will be available during which season, but the quantities and varieties will change as they become ripe or go to seed.
HOW LONG DOES MY MEMBERSHIP LAST?
You are signing up for a season - twelve weeks starting April 1st. Once the season is done you can choose to renew or look at being a casual shopper.