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Nick Rebbeck

Sadly, one of Wales' organic stalwarts, Nick Rebbeck, died on 23rd April, following a battle with cancer. Nick farmed at Bwlchwernen Fawr near Lampeter with Patrick Holden for nearly 30 years and in 2004 started to co-ordinate school visits to organic and Tir Gofal farms. In 2005, he launched Learning on the Farm, which achieved over 400 visits from schools in Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Llanelli, Swansea and the Gower, and in 2008 he was awarded Organic Centre Wales' Welsh Organic Farming Award.

He said: “My aim is to tell people there is a fantastic resource close to every school and college which offers real education, and that is a farm”. Over the six year period, he and his colleagues connected approximately 7500 children and adults with food, farming and the environment and also produced a DVD for Organic Centre Wales called “Learning along the food chain” (watch it here) which has been distributed to schools around Wales. Real change depends on the determination of individuals and Nick was one of those determined people that changed hearts and minds, but with good cheer and spirit.

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