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Fresh veg for residents from Organic Ilford

PUBLISHED: 13:55 09 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:02 09 February 2015

Organic Ilford is starting up its project distributing fresh food bags. The Tap is one of their pick-up points. Toni Dipple with some of the fresh vegtables they have to offer.

Organic Ilford is starting up its project distributing fresh food bags. The Tap is one of their pick-up points. Toni Dipple with some of the fresh vegtables they have to offer.

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A community-led enterprise hopes to bring fresh fruit and vegetables to the residents.

Organic Ilford was created by life-long resident Toni Dipple who saw the need for such a resource in Redbridge after volunteering for the Growing Communities Dagenham Starter Farm.

Organic Ilford started up in May and is working with family farmers and the community to build a “fair and resilient food system”.

It aims to ensure farmers are paid a fair price for their produce while still making the cost of food affordable for everyone to buy.

Alice Holden, an Organic Ilford director and head grower at the Growing Communities Dagenham Farm, said: “Organic can be off-putting for lots of people because they equate it with an affluent and middle class thing, but fundamentally it is about being resourceful and not using things that hurt the environment.

“I think that should be seen as the norm rather than something mysterious. Organic, for me, is just doing things sensibly without lots of waste.”

Organic Ilford covers the whole of Redbridge and the surrounding boroughs and delivers reused plastic bags filled with fresh produce to shops and cafés where it can be collected every week.

Fellow director Peter Hancock, who came on board to help Toni with the business side of things, said: “We are a completely voluntary team and we work very much around the idea that it is about the community and agriculture rather than money.”

Prices for the VegBags start at £34 a month and go up to £54, which can be paid by direct debit.

Visit organicilford.com.


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