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.
“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