We’ve launched a community-led organic vegetable box scheme as a spin off from our Food Group. Kentish Town’s local and affordable veg box scheme!
Enjoy a weekly selection of fresh seasonal produce sourced from small-scale, organic farms close to London. Profits from Vegbox will be invested back into our local community.
Vegbox is currently 50% paid staff and 50% volunteer run. As we grow, we can pay more and more of our staff costs. We run the organisation along co-operative principles and pay a flat wage of £12 an hour for all Vegbox staff.
Vegbox has been set up with invaluable support from the pioneering box scheme Growing Communities in Hackney.
We hope in time to invest profits from Vegbox in food growing projects in our local area.
We buy fresh seasonal produce weekly from farms as close to London as practicable, and our members pick up their weekly veg every Wednesday from one of several pick up points round Kentish Town:
- The Thanet community centre in West Kentish Town
- The Grafton pub on Prince of Wales Road
- Flapjacks, the social enterprise cafe on Kentish Town high street
- Boma garden centre on Islip Street
- Abbey Tavern pub on Kentish Town Road
- Kentish Town Health Centre on Bartholomew Road
- Gardens Guesthouse, 36 Primrose Gardens
- The Gypsy Queen pub on Malden Road
- Ruby Violet, the ice cream parlour in Tufnell Park
- The Star pub in Dartmouth Park
- The Pineapple pub on Leverton Street
- Camden Market in a re-purposed giant phone box
Small Veg Bag
Contains 5 varieties of seasonal UK produce, or enough for one person.
£7 per week
Standard Veg Bag
Contains 5 varieties of seasonal UK produce, or enough for one or two people.
£9 per week
Family Veg Bag
Contains 6 varieties of seasonal UK produce, or enough for three or four people.
£14 per week
You can add one type of seasonal UK fruit each week to any of the above bags.
£2.50 per week for the Small bag
£3.50 per week for the Standard or Family bag
- Local and seasonal – we source as locally as possible, and work within the limits of what is seasonally available in England.
- A consumer co-operative – our customers are our members. Members attend the AGM and have a say in how the box scheme is run and what we do with any surplus we make in the future.
- Low carbon – our members collect their weekly vegetable bag from community pick-up points around Kentish Town, a sociable way of cutting down on pollution and air miles.
- Not for profit: any surplus we make will be re-invested in the organisation and in growing projects, not distributed to shareholders.
- Fair trade – we’re harnessing the collective buying power of our community and providing a regular outlet and fair price for small-scale organic farmers.
- Accessible – we aim to make our weekly organic vegetable bags as affordable as possible.
- Low waste – we only order what we need each week and any left over after packing is given to local partners – currently The Fields Beneath cafe, the Calthorpe Project, Ladies and Gentlemen bar, and Camden Homeless Solidarity Space.
- Ambitious – by working together, we want to help build an alternative economy in which we support sustainable farms and consume our food more mindfully.