Local organic produce is fresher
IN THE Bellofoodbox you can expect to find a healthy selection of fruit, vegetables and herbs – all fresh from farms within a 200km range.
The project organisers make 25 boxes for distribution but on Wednesday earned the support of Bellingen Shire Council, attracting a one-off, $5000 contribution to get the initiative off the ground.
This will allow them to purchase a mobile cool room, expand the program and increase capacity.
Most of the produce is organic and people have the choice of a $30 or a $50 order.
It is run by a subcommittee of Northbank Community Gardens and aims to promote local produce, minimise food miles and encourage affordable and accessible healthy eating.
Project co-ordinator Alison Heeley said community feedback was encouraging.
“The initiative creates a connection between farmer and customer and the farmers are excited about this market,” Ms Heeley said.