AN Eden food co-operative which delivers 150 bags of veg a week to communities has been praised by Rory Stewart MP.
Mr Stewart met with the local producers of Vista Veg who grow high-quality vegetables just outside of Crosby Ravensworth.
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The meet up was to celebrate 'Cooperatives Fortnight 2014' where Rory was led around Vista Veg's poly-tunnels and packing facilities by Lynne Barnes, who runs the co-operative.
Delivering 150 bags of vegetables every week to the surrounding communities, the model allows Vista Veg to trade directly with local families and businesses who care about where and how their food is produced.
Mr Stewart commented: "This really is the most wonderful initiative, with local people growing great quality vegetables for families and businesses in the local area. It's a model that not only dramatically reduces food miles, but one that brings a community closer, re-establishing a precious link between local people and our own local, farming heritage."