Deborah Farrell is launching the Ipswich Good Food Co-Op to buy locally produced healthy food. Photo: Rob Williams
Deborah Farrell is launching the Ipswich Good Food Co-Op to buy locally produced healthy food. Photo: Rob Williams

Consumers give supermarkets swerve

FANCY a regular supply of locally sourced organic fruit and vegetables, meat and other household items?

As it turns out, hundreds of Ipswich people are interested in the prospect, which was put forward by the founders of the new Ipswich Good Food Co-Op (IGFC).

Due to this show of support, the IGFC will launch tomorrow.

IGFC organiser Deborah Farrell said the popularity of her proposal was very satisfying.

"Basically we're looking for 50 households to sign up for the model to be effective," Ms Farrell said.

"We're confident we'll reach that this weekend; I'd say over a hundred people have expressed interest on Facebook, and about the same face-to-face.

"Each member will put in $50, which will go towards buying local organic produce, eggs, dairy products, honey, meat and organic whole foods, as well as chemical-free cleaning products."

Ms Farrell said the IGFC would aim to source food from farms within a maximum five-hour driving distance of Ipswich.

"For instance, our pork and lamb will be from Warwick, and our chicken will be from Toowoomba," Ms Farrell said.

She said the aim of the IGFC was to improve sustainability.

"It's (eating organic food) important for your health, but it's just as important for the health of the wider community," Ms Farrell said.

"I think it's all about provenance - having a link with farmers and knowing where your food comes from."

Ms Farrell said the idea had been tossed around among her Facebook friends for many months, before finally coming to fruition.

Attend the launch this Sunday or "like" the Ipswich Good Food Co-Op Facebook page to find out more.

LAUNCH LUNCH

  • The co-op launch will be held from noon to 4pm tomorrow at the South Street Club, 9 South St, Ipswich.
  • Food suppliers and sustainability experts will give talks.
  • Entertainment includes dance and hula hoop performances, plus live acoustic music.


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