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What's in the box?

As I'm starting two more urban farm plots nearby, there's No Winter Box! I'm getting ready for better legendary boxes in Spring. Please jump on the wait list (as I only have around 40 spots and expect to sell out) and I'll be in contact with you later in winter to secure your spot.

Email spokeandspade@gmail.com - Subject line: "Save me a spot!"

Boxes are crafted with 5-9 fresh veggies picked and packed fresh for your pick up or delivery. You purchase for an 8 week period with nature determining what $20 is ripe for your weekly box from our diversity of spring vegetables (carrots etc), roots, herbs & greens.

$20 subscription box example: Bok Choy $3, Salad mix (baby tatsoi, baby red russian, lettuce, baby spinach, red amaranth) $5, Herb bunch $3, Bunch beetroot ($5), Greens (Kale/Silverbeet/Spinach bunch ($4). 

Pick up subscription = $240 for the 12 weeks paid upfront. 
Delivery subscription: $300 for the 12 weeks paid upfront. 


Week by week payments: If you'd like to pay weekly, email me. If you hold a healthcare concession card, I'm open to providing a 10% discount. However, if you can spend the full amount, please do as I'm also concession! 
Also, If you'd like to subsidize someone else's box who cannot afford the full amount, please get in touch and I'll create a system to allocate such funds/spots.  
Good food shouldn't be isolated to those with more money, so please contact me if cost is the barrier and we'll see what we can work out.

Value outside the box
Farmings has risks. Box customers are champions of organic agriculture, food and local business. You're part of eating a different story. Your support over a block (12 week) period  gives me stability to get on with planting, growing and harvesting knowing I've got a tummy ready to feed.

Veg box market gardening is also known as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). If we get a great yield, you receive some overflow but, an unheard of early cold snap day means our summer goods are at risk, and you share in part of that risk. This model means the farmer isn't isolated by outlying variables. In my experience working on CSA farms, the customer wins 95% of the time. At Spoke & Spade, I’m working hard to capture your support and translate it to an abundance of goods returned.

I’m thankful to those who look & see problems with our conventional agricultural story in Melbourne and want to be a part of new ways of doing food, community and being agents of change to the environmental and social issues presented to us. 

FAQ and How to Order below
 

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FAQ

Where can I order?
Not boxes until SPRING!
Call Sim 0430818618 or email spokeandspade@gmail.com - Subject: "Save me a spot!". 

How do I pay?
We accept bank deposit and cash. 

What's in the box?
Greens: Baby Spinach; Lettuce; Rocket; Bok Choy; Silverbeet; Spinach & Salad mix variations
Herbs - Coriander, Parsley, Rosemary etc. 
Roots: Beetroot; Spring Onion, Shallots, Green Onion & Carrots!
And lots more, but I try keep it to popular varieties and nothing too out the ordinary. 

I also will add additional extra value (above box value) from customers if its donated to me (last subscription we shared about 20kg of figs over 3 different weeks).
Sometimes storage vegetables like potatoes, garlic or pumpkin are from other local organic principled farmers as I cannot grow these items in Heidelberg effectively.

Where's the food grown?
Across three urban farm sites in Heidelberg West, Heidelberg & Ivanhoe. 

What's the pricing?
We're in line with most Farmers Market pricing and often cheaper than organic stores like Terra Madre. If you'd like the price list, please ask :) 

Is it organic?
More or less, I grow to say yes. We are firm believers in sustainable, regenerative agricultural practices and growing healthy food!  Organic certification has complications my suburban block doesn't allow, so we grow with organic principles at the foundation and try do the best we can to grow "organic" food - chemical free. We've also tested our soil to check for heavy metal contamination at each of the urban farm sites. Ask us more, and we'd love to talk about it and can send you test results! Building healthy soil and growing healthy food in market gardening is what we're about.

Tell me more about what is Community Supported Agriculture...
Here's a CSA charter that describes the relationship a bit more. 

What if I don't want an item, can I exchange it for something else? 
No...but I'd encourage you to gift excess to a friendly neighbour. We may introduce a swap table for pick up customers going forward. Sorry for any inconvenience. The reason I say no is that as we pack 40+ boxes, exchanging items rapidly becomes messy across harvest, packing, portioning, seeding... so thanks for understanding. 

What if I can't use or pick up my box?
Maybe you're on holidays, or have too much food in your own garden! Unfortunately nature will have yielded your order so we recommend that you gift your box by letting me know an alternate delivery address nearby or getting a friend to pickup and enjoy your produce for that week. Otherwise, I can gift your box to a local who can't afford a box. 

Can I cancel my box?
This box program works as a collaboration between farmer and customer. The farm has planned for your 12 week taste bud support, so you can't simply cancel your 12 week box during that time. Instead, we advocate you find another person to take on the remainder of your box subscription and inform us so we can help any transition. If for some other reason you're not happy with your box, please contact us and we can talk about reimbursement and chat about what's going on.

Will there be another veggie box when the current subscription box concludes?
Yes. We aim to have another box ready for summer. 

Have you tested your soil?
Yes, we've tested the soil for heavy metal contamination at all three Spoke & Spade plots, and naturally, we only grow when the results come back positive to grow! If you'd like a reading of these, feel free to ask. We still recommend you wash garden grown produce precautionarily and scrub or peel root vegetables as these have the biggest concern for ingesting heavy metals via dirt and not the vegetable itself. 

How do I know you can deliver to me?
Please contact us through our contact form or call Sim on 0430818618 to check if you're eligible for delivery. 

Each week I deliver riding up to a 3km radius for bike delivery. 

Each week a car drives from: 
Heidelberg to Brunswick
So if you're within a sharp 5mins of our route, we may deliver to you. 

A note on car emissions:  I usually drive this route anyway to visit family, so whilst there's emissions associated with delivery, they're also personal emissions & I take responsibility for these as well. I'm keen to eventually practice offsetting delivery components as part of your consumer cost. But one thing at a time...

Can I get delivery some weeks but not others?
Yes, but you'll need to inform us 2 days prior to your normal delivery date if you wish to pick up your box instead. You'll also need to pay the full subscription upfront and we will reimburse the weekly $5 delivery fee with a $5 note inside your pick up box for the weeks you pick up. On the other side, if you just need a once off delivery, please call to see if possible.  

How does a pick up point work?
We leave the boxes at the front porch/carport/shed of the pick up point house (usually a supportive customer) and you simply pick up the box with your name on it. A minimum of 4 boxes are required for a pick up point. If you'd like to act as a future pick up point, get in contact. 

Any questions, email or call me. Easy.
Cheers, Sim.