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Veggie volunteers challenging food system with Islington delivery service

PUBLISHED: 15:09 12 December 2016 | UPDATED: 15:09 12 December 2016

Angel Green founders Camila Barboza and Africa Alconchel-Guido outside Nanna's cafe in St Paul's Road, which will be one of the pick-up points for the organic veggie bag scheme. Picture: Polly Hancock

Angel Green founders Camila Barboza and Africa Alconchel-Guido outside Nanna's cafe in St Paul's Road, which will be one of the pick-up points for the organic veggie bag scheme. Picture: Polly Hancock

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A group of volunteers reckon organic vegetables can boost Islington’s economy.

Angel Green founders Camila Barboza and Africa Alconchel-Guido outside Nanna's cafe in St Paul's Road, which will be one of the pick-up points for the organic veggie bag scheme. Picture: Polly HancockAngel Green founders Camila Barboza and Africa Alconchel-Guido outside Nanna's cafe in St Paul's Road, which will be one of the pick-up points for the organic veggie bag scheme. Picture: Polly Hancock

Angel Greens is set to launch next month. It is a not-for-profit scheme that will supply organic veggie bags direct from farms.

Starting at £8, they will be available for pick-up in Islington shops and cafes every Wednesday.

Angel Greens is an offshoot of Hackney’s 20-year-old “Growing Communities” scheme, and volunteer organiser Camila Barboza said: “The idea is to change the food system into something more sustainable, more resilient.

“That system is falling apart at the moment, and is not environmentally friendly.

“Transport has made it so easy to buy something from a supermarket that was grown 2,000 miles away.

“We have forgotten how food is grown, when a lot of the time we can get it from around the corner.

“Our main aim is to promote seasonal food grown from farms a maxiumum 100 miles away from Islington – though preferably much less than that.”

As well as customers, Angel Greens also hopes to nourish businesses.

Camila said: “With our pick-up points, we hope to promote the local economy. If you pick up the veggies from your nearest cafe or shop, the idea is you may buy a coffee or other goods while you’re there.”

For more information about the scheme, or to volunteer, see angelgreens.co.uk


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