Saturday, December 28, 2013

The year of the Local Vegetable

2014 is almost upon us and while many readers of this blog will be thinking about the local elections in May the first major event of the year is the launch of Organic Ilford’s full vegetable box scheme in January which follows their successful pilot scheme this year. If you haven’t signed up already you can do so at the website or contact Toni Dipple on 07934 768 825 or email:

To mark the occasion Toni will be our first guest speaker of the year at our January coffee morning on Tuesday 28th when she will explain what it’s all about, Oi!

In the meantime, or if you can’t make it, here’s a preview from the Farm Wyfe herself:
Building Soils & Communities
Organic Ilford CIC is a veg box scheme with a difference! We’re a social enterprise rooted in finding practical and positive local solutions to global problems. Set up and run by Redbridge residents, OI! puts people and the planet before profit, so we pay local small-scale organic farmers a fair price for their produce keeping them in business, pay our staff a living wage and reinvest the rest in projects that benefit the local environment, community and economy.
We’re community-led which means we give a monkey’s about people’s health. Fresh, local, seasonal chemical-free food is tastier and more nutritious but is hard to come by in Redbridge. Organic food accounts for only 4% of food grown in the UK yet ALL food up until 100 years ago was organic. It’s what food was.
Food unites us and we’re determined to make chemical-free food the norm, NOT a lifestyle choice. The OI! box scheme is the first step. By keeping our overheads low through minimal or reusable packaging and offering community collection points rather than home delivery, which then supports other local businesses, we can pass those savings on to you. Every penny spent on the right kind of food is a vote for a more resilient, fairer and localised food system. Together, there is much we can do. OI!


  1. Do we know how many of the local vegetables will be standing for election in May?

    1. By May Brussels will be out of season but we expect May's veg selection Boxes to include spring greens, spring onions, red cabbages and turnips with possibly some fiddleheads.

    2. That's sounds like all the usual parties with a sprinkling of independents.

    3. Rumour has it that two rotund local Hainault varieties that have been missing for a while may be making a comeback due to popular demand ...