Welcome to Oak Tree Organics!
I'm Alison, and I have worked in food growing for over 6 years. I have also spent more than 15 years working with children and adults from disadvantaged communities, using outdoor and horticultural therapy to expand horizons and increase health and wellbeing.
I set up Oak Tree Organics as a small veg-growing and delivery business with three priorities:
1) To grow fresh, healthy food and deliver it locally.
2) To help restore the environment to ecological balance and health through the use of traditional and innovative organic farming methods. We are in the process of applying for our own certification from the Soil Association, but the land we are growing on has been certified organic for 25 years.
3) To contribute to a more equal and fair society. We give a share of each week's harvest to Fareshare Southampton and will offer work opportunities to people living with social and economic disadvantage. We are currently prioritising deliveries to NHS staff and frontline health workers, as well as those who are categorised as vulnerable and are 'shielding' from Coronavirus. We are a new business on a tight budget, but when we have established a regular and stable income we plan to offer reduced rates to people facing severe financial hardship.
We're renting an acre of land to grow field-scale veg (potatoes, onions, carrots, broccoli and more) and 2 x 30m polytunnels of covered crops (salads, beans, tomatoes, peppers, courgettes, aubergines and more). We are based at Northdown Orchard, a 12-acre family farm that has been farmed organically for 25 years. We've got seeds and small plants in the ground and growing as fast as they can, but until we are able to harvest the full range of veg we will be supplementing our bags with fresh organic produce from other growers, as local as possible.
We're currently offering 4 sizes of veg bags, delivered contact-free to your doorstep or safe place on a Friday:
Small - £12.75, 7 items, small portions, inc. potatoes, onions, carrots, leafy greens, salad/fresh herbs + 2 other items*.
Medium - £15.75, 8 items, medium portions, inc. potatoes, onions, carrots, leafy greens, salad/fresh herbs + 3 other items*.
Large - £19.75, 10 items, large portions, inc. potatoes, onions, carrots, leafy greens, salad/fresh herbs + 5 other items*.
Extra Large - £23.75, 12 items, extra large portions, inc. potatoes, onions, carrots, leafy greens, salad/fresh herbs + 7 other items*.
* 'Other items' will be a variety of seasonal veg, salad, and occasionally fruit, including but not limited to leeks, mushrooms, beetroot, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, lemons, peppers, tomatoes, aubergines.
We look forward to receiving your order and waving at you through your window when we deliver!