Amy Boyd, Steve Smith, Alison Heeley and Belinda Schroder are pioneers of the Bellofoodbox initiative.
Amy Boyd, Steve Smith, Alison Heeley and Belinda Schroder are pioneers of the Bellofoodbox initiative.

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.



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