Westmill Organics is Proud to Supply Boris Johnson-Backed London Food Initiative With Fresh Organic Vegetables!

Written by Pete Richardson. Posted in Latest News

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Love him or hate him, London Mayor Boris Johnson is backing a new local food initiative in north-west London – and Westmill Organics is a key supplier.

Some great news: we’ve been selected as suppliers for an exciting new pilot food initiative to develop the independent food sector in and around London, which was backed by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, last week!

As part of a new agreement, we’re going to supply seasonal organic vegetables to the new Field to Fork Organics Co-operative – a community-run fruit and veg box scheme which sits at the very heart of an exciting new food initiative in London announced by Boris.

The Field to Fork Organics Co-operative, which officially launches on 4th July in north-west London, is going to buy fresh organic products directly from local farmers and community food growers, such as Westmill Organics, and sell them at an affordable price to customers via cafés, schools and independent shops. So each week we’re going to deliver a range of Soil Association-certified organic vegetables to the Field to Fork Organics Co-operative, helping to supply nutritious, affordable, fresh produce to communities in the Kensal, Kilburn, Willesden, Portobello, and Queens Park areas.

We’re really proud to have been selected. The London pilot seeks to demonstrate that innovative food businesses can be profitable, while also striving to regenerate high streets and improving access to healthy, affordable, locally produced food. By taking part in this initiative, we also hope to show that this model of linking urban communities with local farmers and growers can be replicated in other cities across the UK, such as Swindon and Oxford. Not only do I think this model can really work, but I believe that re-localising food production and distribution in this way is going to become increasingly important in a world where peak oil and climate change will have an ever-greater impact on how we grow and consume our food.

Exciting times indeed! I’ll keep you informed of how we get on.

What’s in your box: Chard – aka Swiss chard, silverbeet, rainbow chard…

Written by Pete Richardson. Posted in Latest News

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Along with a range of other fresh, tasty, organic veg, this week’s boxes will contain the good old favourite, chard.

Also known as Swiss chard, silverbeet, rainbow chard, and roman kale, chard is in the same family as spinach and beets. As such, it’s an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, and the B complex group of vitamins, as well as magnesium, potassium, iron and fibre. Health-wise, it’s great for preventing osteoporosis and anemia, and protection from cardiovascular diseases, and colon and prostate cancer.

If you’re looking for inspiration with what to do with your chard, why not try this delicious Greek-inspired silverbeet (chard) pie? It’s perfect hot or cold – making it ideal for what’s beginning to look like yet another changeable British summer!

Weed killer residues in our urine? Another good reason to choose organic

Written by Pete Richardson. Posted in Latest News

Another good reason to choose organic: Independent laboratory tests commissioned by Friends of the Earth have found traces of the weed killer, glyphosate, in the bodies of people across numerous European countries, including Britain. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in some of the most widely used herbicides in the world, but it’s probably best known as Monsanto’s RoundUp weed killer.

Things are taking off at Westmill Organics – literally!

Written by Pete Richardson. Posted in Latest News

As the old saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. Sorry for the lack of communication of late, but we’ve been extremely busy getting things up and running – not to mention dealing with some pretty atrocious weather!

A couple of weeks ago we lost one of our six polytunnels in the gale-force winds: it literally took off and landed spectacularly in the hedge! Fortunately, no one was hurt and no crops had been planted, but it’s in tatters and it means we’re going to have to rethink some of our cropping plans.

          Before…                                                    And after…

            Westmill 10 - Polytunnel              Damaged polytunnel 3

But apart from flying polytunnels, things are generally shaping up very nicely and it’s getting to the point where I’m beginning to find a little more time to get on with other things. So this blog is the start of more regular communications with you all. I’m also excited about using Facebook and Twitter to keep you up-to-date with what’s happening here at Westmill Organics and to answer any questions you might have.

So what have we been up to since February?

Welcome. Welcome. Welcome.

Written by Tony Hillier. Posted in Latest News

This is the first day of trading for Westmill Organics.

We are very pleased to be continuing to deliver quality organic produce. Ian, is up to his wellies in harvesting parsnips and carrots and leeks and Pete is putting the final touches to the state of the art Packing Shed ready for our first delivery next week.

Boann, who completes our Westmill Core Team of three, has been in earlier to set up the office ready for her first day next Thursday.

Clearly, we may meet some glitches in our systems in the early weeks and we apologise in advance if this happens. To this end, we would like you to contact us immediately if any issues arise for you. … and in the fields outside this window at Westmill Farm … your organic vegetables continue to grow …

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