growing communities – our impact

 

OUR IMPACT: we monitor our Key Principles to see what we are achieving over the course of each year. Here are some of our results for 2008. 484 households across Hackney providing sustainably produced fruit and veg to over 1000 people in our community every week. The box scheme and farmers’ market together provide a key outlet for 44 small‐scale local organic farmers and producers. This includes 4 food producers from our immediate area: our newest producer is Hatice Trugrul who makes traditional Turkish pancakes, using organic ingredients from farmers at the market. 75% of the veg and 24% of the fruit supplied by our box scheme came directly from local farms while 59% of our fruit and 81% of our vegetables are fairly traded. 780 bags of fruit and vegetables are packed each week – over 96 tonnes annually. The average distance travelled by producers to the market is 56 miles. Over 1,500 people shop at the market every Saturday. 94% of customers at the market walk, cycle or take public transport to get to the market. Annual turnover of producers at the market is nearly £500,000. Salad production from our sites reached 260 bags per week this year. Yields were the equivalent of 24 tonnes per hectare per year and we generated just over £8,800 from sales of Hackney grown produce – from a total land area of 0.5 of an acre. The turnover of the organisation as a whole for last year was around £330,000. 100% of that income was self‐generated. We employ 18 part‐time members of staff. 80 volunteers worked with us over the last year along with 2 apprentice growers. In July 2008 we introduced a Pensioners’ discount for the box scheme. We already accept Healthy Start vouchers which allow people on low incomes to get discounted veg or fruit bags. 30% of people joining the box scheme considered themselves to be on a low income.

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