Terra Madre SA provides a much needed service in Pretoria. We sell organic produce on behalf of the local small farmers in the form of a weekly organic box scheme.
We make contracts with the farmers in advance – guaranteeing to purchase their produce and thus giving them some income security.
Our customers who want to take part in this scheme must sign up for the box scheme and pay for their weekly box advance. Terra Madre SA is a Community Supported Agriculture scheme (CSA) that facilitates the commitment between the micro-farmers and the consumers/members.
Our objective is to foster growing connections between the farmers and members, and we encourage members to get involved by volunteering or simply coming to visit some of the farms and meet the inspiring micro-farmers. Regular tours are offered which is a great way to see the farming in action and show your family where their lovely fresh food is coming from.
Who are the farmers?
In order to supply their produce to our box scheme, the farmers need to have achieved high levels of quality and need to be farming according to strict organic principles. Training and support from us and others is helping to bring more and more eligible micro-farmers into our supply chain.
Who are the consumers/members?
Terra Madre SA started in 2012 with box orders of 10 per week. By the end of 2015 we average 40 boxes a week but we now need to remodel our system in order to manage supply and demand.
Many of our existing members have been ordering from our mailing list which carries over 10 pages of products. With the growing interest, and more and more people subscribing to this socially and environmentally responsible way of obtaining healthy, organic produce, we need to request that should you want to be part of this project, you sign up as a member and commit to weekly, bi-weekly or monthly orders, payable in advance.
Cost of the boxes:
Mini (8 half portions): R85
Half (6 items): R95
Medium (9 items): R135
Standard (12 items): R180
Jumbo (16 items): R215
This can be paid quarterly or monthly. Debit orders are usually the easiest, but we also take EFT and Cards in store.
How does it work?
Members fill in a simple sign-up form, in which they select their box size and preferred collection day (Thursday, Friday, Saturday). Once the new member has received their first invoice and made the payment (including a once-off deposit for their box), they will be added to the member list and can start collecting their weekly box. Each week members return their box and collect their new box.
Why choose Terra Madre SA?
By becoming a member you are supporting a growing community of micro-farmers to have dignified, sustainable livelihoods. Terra Madre SA is driving the urban farming movement in Gauteng that has poverty relief and sustainable, responsible consumerism at its heart. You will experience that the quality of the produce is very high, and probably the freshest you can access in Pretoria and we carry the widest variety of fresh, organic, hormone free, free range produce in Pretoria.
Please join us in this positive movement.