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Mid Wales community groups urged to apply for sustainable food funding

Community groups in Mid Wales who want to support the development of the organic food sector in Wales are being invited to apply for funding.

Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) has launched the Sustainable Food Communities (SFC) scheme, which aims to help change people's understanding of the food they eat and where it comes from.

The project is looking for four initiatives in Mid Wales to apply for funding of up to £3,000 each for ventures that support the development of Sustainable Food Communities. It is being run by the Soil Association in partnership with the Mid Wales Food and Land Trust.

As well as increasing the public's understanding of food production and delivery, the Mid Wales scheme one of four across Wales - will aim to develop sustainable initiatives that focus on the demand and supply of organic and local food, and build better links across the organic business community to improve profitability, sustainability and environmental performance.

The Project Officer, Phil Morgan, will ensure successful ventures get expert support to realise their vision. One of his key aims is to pass on successes from initial projects to other interested groups across the country.

Lucy Watkins, BOBL Supply Chain Development Officer, explained why SFCs are being established.

"Projects in other countries have shown that there are significant increases in the consumption of healthy, sustainable and organic food if people understand where it comes from, how it gets to them, and are taken 'on a journey' in changing their food culture and habits," she said.

"By setting up a similar scheme in Wales, we are looking to improve understanding of organic food across the country and, in doing so, build up the existing sector by bringing current and potential producers together to fill gaps that exist in the market."

The scheme was launched at the Cwm Harry Land Trust in Newtown, Powys, on Wednesday, June 8.

Any groups interested in becoming involved in the Sustainable Food Communities scheme should email Phil Morgan on PMorgan@SoilAssociation.org

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