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We aim to maximise our impact by applying the Growing Communities Key Principles to the produce we grow, buy and sell through our scheme.
In practice, balancing all the different principles is tricky and involves weighing up a number of different considerations reflected in the veg scheme buying policy. Sadly, we have not yet discovered a magic formula which tells us exactly how to do this! We rely on common sense, integrity and feedback from the community to enable us to balance these principles while continuing to live in the real world...
The policy is regularly reviewed and continues to evolve to reflect and positively influence the external context in which we work.
The key principles are reflected in our current buying policy as follows:
After that we operate a hierarchy of purchasing:
The Urban Farm Shop (a small stall which runs while members of the veg scheme are picking up their fruit and veg at the Old Fire Station) stocks the following categories of produce: