We always strive to be ethical in our buying policies as well as in our relationships with our suppliers.

We do not list any products which contain animal products or those which contain harmful food additives. Our suppliers will not stock foods that would need to be labelled as contains GMO’s under current EU legislation. In addition we avoid some of the well known organic ‘brands’ whose corporate outlook is at odds with the organic ethos, for example where the parent company is an advocate for GM technology or where their irresponsible marketing encourages the use of infant milk formula in the third world.

Where possible we provide options for organic products which are from sustainable farming systems which avoid the use of artificial chemicals, pesticides, fertilisers and GM ingredients.

Our vegetables boxes source as much produce locally as possible, averaging around 75% over the year. This supports much needed local jobs in a region where average wages are so low that it has attracted Objective One funding. Because organic agriculture is labour intensive this provides an even greater benefit.

We are also continually expanding our range of Fair Trade products and provide options for teas, coffees, snacks, herbs, fruit juices and honeys. In addition we try to buy those fairly traded products which are packed in the country of origin so that the value added at the manufacturing stage is retained in the country.

Sustainable livelihoods can only be built under economic security and in a stable environment. The Fair Trade products we sell directly benefit producers in many developing countries, allowing them to invest in their farms and communities:
Fruit farmers in Cuba on the cooperative Jose Martin Ceballos are looking to replace 25 year old irrigation pumps, build and renovate houses for the farmers.
In the Darjeeling region of India the Sanjukta Vikas cooperative is harmoniously reclaiming the Mineral Springs Tea Garden it having been abandoned by its former owners.
The Nuevo Futuro cooperative in Columbia with the help of fair trade are learning to grow organic coffee using natural composting and existing forest shade.