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World Food Day celebrated in Enfield

Published Thursday, 16 October 2014

Today (Thursday 16th October) is World Food Day, and to mark the event Cllr Alan Sitkin, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development went to Forty Hall Farm to see for himself the success of the Enfield Veg Company.

Cllr Sitkin

World Food Day, which is run by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations aims to ensure that people all over the world have regular access to enough high quality food to lead active, healthy lives.

Their goals are to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, eliminate poverty and find sustainable ways to use resources such as land, water and air for the benefit of all.

Cllr Sitkin visited Forty Hall Farm to watch crops being harvested for Enfield’s very own sustainable food enterprise, The Enfield Veg Co, which was set up by Enfield Council and its partners in 2013 and which provides locally grown organic produce to shops and homes via the popular ‘veg box’ scheme.

Enfield Veg Co and the Forty Hall Farm market garden are both part of Garden Enfield, a borough-wide project seeking to promote training and employment within horticulture and food production in Enfield. The project is funded by the Greater London Authority and aims to combine community growing with large scale food production to create hundreds of jobs and generate income.

Cllr Alan Sitkin, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development said “The Enfield Veg Co is the most amazing scheme and a real embodiment of World Food Day.

“Local people work on the farm, many of them trainees, who learn vital skills in horticulture and animal management. The farm produces top quality, delicious organic vegetables and fruit which are then sold on to local shops and straight to residents via the weekly ‘veg box’ delivery scheme.

“This is not only great news for the environment, promoting sustainable farming methods but fantastic for the customer who receives affordable, delicious, locally grown food, reducing food miles, pesticide use and waste.

“Why not celebrate World Food Day by finding out more?”

Be part of something bigger, find out about the Enfield 2020 Project here: Link
 
To find out about the Enfield Veg Co, or the veg box scheme go here: 
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