Veggie volunteers challenging food system with Islington delivery service
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A group of volunteers reckon organic vegetables can boost Islington’s economy.
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.
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“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.
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“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