Jon Cruddas MP has been a big supporter of the Dagenham Starter Farm since it opened, and has continued to praise the work being done there. The project was originally funded by the Local Food Fund, part of the Big Lottery, this funding lasted until March 2014, when the Starter Farm also became fully certified as organic. Now the project aims to become self-financing through sales of produce.

Over the last year the Starter Farm has produced a huge variety of fruit and vegetables such as: Salad leaves and tomatoes, chillies, cucumbers, squashes, beans, aubergines, courgettes, strawberries and melons. This year the site is also producing leeks, spring greens, spinach and other greens.

Jon Cruddas MP commented: “This is an amazing project and I am so pleased to have our very own organic produce in Dagenham. From what I understand the project is heavily reliant on volunteers, this is an excellent way for local residents to get out and meet others in the community, whilst learning about sustainable living and growing fruit and vegetables.

“One of my office volunteers regularly helps at the Starter Farm and I hope many more people will get involved to help keep Dagenham growing.”

To get involved and volunteer at the Starter Farm just head over on the first Wednesday of each month at 10am for a volunteer induction. The address is: Growing Communities Starter Farm, Central Park Nursery, Rainham Rd North, Dagenham RM10 7EJ

The harvest for 2014 has started to come in at the Starter Farm so if you would like some fresh, Dagenham grown organic vegetables make sure you get down to the Starter Farm on a Sunday between 11am-3pm. The Starter Farm will be open for business every Sunday in September and October.