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OCW producer survey shows rise in organic sales from Welsh farms (23-07-2017)
The Organic Centre Wales 2016 producer survey report published this week has shown a rise in sales of organic products, despite a fall in the land area certified as organic in Wales. At the same time, there has been an...
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OCW founders recognised for contributions to UK agriculture (24-02-2016)
Nic Lampkin and Mark Measures of the Organic Research Centre have been awarded Associateships of the Royal Agricultural Societies in recognition of their contribution to UK agriculture and to research, advice and policy development for organic farming in particular Nic is...
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Nutritional benefits of organic food (23-02-2016)
Studies confirming the nutritional benefits of organic meat and milk, carried out at Newcastle University, have been published the “British Journal of Nutrition” . The benefits are mainly related to are higher levels of polyunsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids in...
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Consultation on the future of the Organic Sector in Wales (27-07-2015)
There is still time to comment on the roadmap to guide the development of the organic sector in Wales up to 2020. The roadmap has been developed in recent months in consultation with sector stakeholders and was presented to the BOBL...
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New website to help grow Welsh organic business (06-07-2015)
Interest in organic produce is on the increase and as a result a practical website has been launched by BOBL to help businesses in Wales wanting to develop in the organic sector. Developed by the Better Organic Business Links (BOBL)...
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BOBL Final Conference (27-05-2015)
The Welsh Government and EU funded Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) project held a closing conference in Builth Wells on 21 May. The conference brought together 60 delegates from organic supply chain businesses and stakeholders organisations. It...
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Wake up to Organic (27-05-2015)
A summer campaign celebrating the best of British organic produce. Introduction The Organic Naturally Different Campaign wants to get your customers excited about organic produce this summer. That's why we are running a special initiative that has been designed to deliver...
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Food Values around Wales (20-03-2015)
It's been a busy month for our Food Values project, which looks in depth at how we get organic food messages across, and to find out what really resonates with people who, unlike us, don't talk about it all day!...
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Optimism in the UK organic market (20-03-2015)
Two recent events give rise for optimism in relation to the UK organic market. The Soil Association Market report was launched on the 24 Feb 2015 and the Organic Trade Board (OTB) held a trade briefing under the motto of...
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Growth of the European organic market (20-03-2015)
In 2013 the European organic market grew by approx. 6% to a value of more than 24 billion euros. Consumers in the European Union spent 22.2 billion euros on organic food and some countries such as Switzerland, Sweden and Norway...
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Organic food for students (18-03-2015)
Aberystwyth University has an organic food coop, thanks to some enterprising students and the Organic Fresh Food Company in Lampeter. Once a week, organic fruit and vegetables, mostly British grown, are on sale in the Students Union. Here, students can...
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Chester Food Assembly (12-01-2015)
Food Assembly is a social enterprise, supporting small scale food producers. We aim to work with farmers, food producers and growers who are working in sustainable ways, connecting them with local customers. Food Assembly is a famers market but it is...
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Job vacancy on the Gower peninsula (12-01-2015)
Are you 16 to 24 & living in Wales? Do you want to be employed in an exciting new community supported agriculture project on the Gower Peninsula? We're looking for someone who is passionate about sustainable growing, seeking to learn more...
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Organic food values (14-11-2014)
The food we buy reflects the values we hold. But what values lead people to choose organic? Can those values help create a sustainable food system? And are we putting the message out clearly enough? We are inviting everyone with...
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Organic catering at Trinity St David (30-07-2014)
Congratulations to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), which is the first university in the UK to achieve a Food for Life Gold Catering Mark from the Soil Association for its banqueting and events services across all campuses. Janine...
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Welsh grain revival (23-06-2014)
The Welsh Grain Forum held its third meeting on Monday 16th June at Ewan Brook farm near Crickhowell and Talgarth Mill. The forum is a community of growers, millers, bakers, maltsters, brewers, thatchers and others committed to using and promoting...
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Lamb recipes (13-05-2014)
Roger Stevens, our Organic Champion Chef, has been giving some thought to family meals and demonstrates that, with planning, organic lamb can be an affordable source of meat and a very healthy and reliable meal time option. Roger has created...
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New icecream range (13-05-2014)
Organic farmers Anna and David Taylor have a new range of 'Chilly Cow' ice creams, made from milk produced by their 80-strong herd of Swiss Brown cows. The new venture is based on Stryt Fawr, a 60 ha farm in...
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Penrhyn Coch pupils shake up their wake up with OCW (03-02-2014)
On the 29th January FACE (Farming and Countryside Education) and Organic Centre Wales hosted an event to celebrate all things breakfast during Farmhouse Breakfast Week. Pupils from Penrhyn Coch Primary School visited the IBERS Gogerddan Campus, to enjoy a breakfast...
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Organic food in schools and colleges (16-12-2013)
A new video explains how important it is to teach children where food comes from, and how it is produced. It presents our recent work with schools in Monmouthshire, and shows what the Food for Life Catering Mark has meant...
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OCW keeps Cardiff green! (11-12-2013)
Through November into December BOBL is running a series of advertising as part of our Organic.Naturally Different campaign in the centre of Cardiff, look out for our Organic Champions on buses, bus stops and at train stations. Featuring our Organic Champions...
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UK ORGANIC INDUSTRY WINS £1.4 MILLION FOR ANOTHER 3 YEARS (27-11-2013)
The UK Organic industry have received approval from the EU to continue their campaign to promote organics with the Organic. Naturally Different Campaign. Winning a further £1.4 million to continue until December 2016, the campaign will continue to build on the...
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Cardiff to receive funding from the Sustainable Food Cities programme (15-11-2013)
Cardiff Food Council has announced that they are among only six UK cities to be awarded funding through the Sustainable Food Cities Programme.The Cardiff Sustainable Food Cities Programme is a partnership between Cardiff University, Cardiff Council, Cardiff and Vale University...
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Organic Centre Wales joins Aberystwyth University in celebrating Local and Sustainable Catering at the University (24-10-2013)
Organic Centre Wales (OCW) and Aberystwyth University hosted an event on the 23rd October to celebrate the University's recent achievement in gaining a Bronze Food for Life Catering Mark Award from the Soil Association, for all of their campus restaurants....
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Organic success at the Farmers Weekly 2013 Awards! (04-10-2013)
Two organic farms have tasted success this week at the prestigious Farmers Weekly Awards,hosted in London on the 3rd October. Rhug Estate in Corwen scooped not one but two awards, Lord Newborough was named Farmers Weekly Farmer of the...
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Llandovery Sheep Festival (04-10-2013)
Organic Centre wales had a successful couple of days at the recent Llandovery Sheep Festival. Featuring our Organic Wool Wales project, a collaboration between LLynfi Textiles, Ystrad Traditional Organics and Organic Centre Wales. The display showcasing the garments...
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Abergavenny Food Festival (04-10-2013)
Abergavenny Food Festival took place over Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd September and we sponsored this year's Food Academy. Taking place in the Dome we had lots on offer for visitors including; butter churning, apple pressing, food...
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Nantclyd Farm scoops a Soil Association food award! (03-10-2013)
Local organic poultry farmer Liz Findlay has scooped this prestigious award for her delicious organic eggs produced in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. Here's what the judges said: "Great yolk cooked dark, incredible flavour, thicker texture, one of the creamiest, old fashioned 'eggy'...
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ORGANIC FOOD SHEDS ITS 'ELITIST' TAG (16-09-2013)
A survey of Welsh shoppers published this week has revealed that organic food may no longer be seen as a luxury purchase, reserved just for the more affluent consumers. The research1, commissioned by Organic Centre Wales, found that the trend towards...
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Study links UK deaths to over-use of antibiotics in chicken farming (16-09-2013)
A new study [1] has found that approximately 280 people are dying every year in the UK from blood infections caused by the highly antibiotic-resistant E. coli superbug ESBL, acquired from chicken. ESBL (extended spectrum beta lactamase) E.coli have become an...
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Royal Welsh Visitors make and taste organic, naturally different food (05-08-2013)
The Organic Centre Wales team had a fantastic time in the new Food and Drink Wales exhibit at the Royal Welsh Show, 22-25th July in Builth Wells, connecting consumers directly with great organic food. Across the week visitors got the chance...
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CAMPAIGN UNVEILS ORGANIC CHAMPIONS (15-07-2013)
A co-operative dairy farmer, a lamb and beef producer, a poultry expert, an ethical chef and a market gardener have joined forces to spread the word about the benefits of organic food and farming as part of a new campaign. At...
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Spring Festival visitors join Organic Centre Wales to 'Talk Shop' (05-06-2013)
Organic Centre Wales recently hosted a successful Ten Minute Talk Shop within the Green Horizons area at the Spring Festival in Builth Wells (18th & 19th May). Featuring a diverse mix of speakers, covering subjects areas such as: organic thatching straw,...
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Organic Centre Wales puts Children Centre-Stage at Festival (30-05-2013)
We are pleased to announce we will be sponsoring this years Food Academy at Abergavenny Food Festival. With our sponsorship the Food Academy will feature an 'organic takeover' showcasing the very best of Welsh organic food, with visitors getting the chance...
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Wonderful Wool! (07-05-2013)
Wonderwool Wales took place on the 27th & 28TH April at the Royal Welsh Showground and featured a fantastic showcase of the BOBL Organic Wool Wales project. Aimed at highlighting the exciting opportunities for organic wool in Wales is a...
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Welsh action plan to halt decline in bees (03-05-2013)
Welsh Ministers want to encourage green spaces, allotments and gardens to boost Wales' bee population. The value of pollinators to the UK government is estimated to be £430m a year, but populations have been on the decline for 30...
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Calon Wen launch the first bottled milk vending machine (03-04-2013)
Calon Wen launched their very first vending machine, home to delicious organic milk, butter and cheese produced by the Co-operatives family farmers milk. It is situated outside one of their farmer's local shops in Holt Wrexham, the farmer thought of...
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A growing success for every child (28-02-2013)
Horticulture is set to become part of the national curriculum from 2014, giving every schoolchild a chance to grow their own food. It follows a campaign from charity Garden Organic that began in 2011 to lead the government-backed Food Growing in...
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Ready Steady Grow for Community Supported Agriculture (27-02-2013)
Community supported agriculture (CSA) groups, from as far afield as China gathered in South Wales on the 23rd February to join forces and work in partnership to ensure their long term success. Organised by the Federation of City Farms &...
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Tough Tomatoes - Research suggests organic tomatoes are healthier (25-02-2013)
A news research study suggests that organic tomatoes are healthier than conventional tomatoes. The increased concentrations of vitamin C and chronic disease fighting compounds is thought to be a result of their 'tough upbringing'. Conventional tomatoes are pampered in comparison...
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The Great Food Debate (19-02-2013)
In January, the Women's Institute held an event at the National Assembly of Wales to launch a new project on food security. Speakers included ALun Davies AM, Nick Fenwick of the FUW, Terry Marsden of Cardiff University and Patrick Holden...
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Growing the Future - grow your own food (07-02-2013)
The Botanic Garden has launched a website for its new project, Growing the Future, which will be organizing gardening courses around Wales and online. They say: "If you love the happy hubbub of a class, or prefer to learn online in...
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Consumer attitudes survey (21-01-2013)
The BOBL project is about to embark on a reprise of the survey conducted by Beaufort Research into the attitudes of consumers to organic produce from Wales. The report will review Kantar Worldpanel data for the 12 months ending...
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Retail and Sales Networking event and Training course 5 March 2013 (08-01-2013)
OCW has an exciting training opportunity for 2013, which we have developed by working closely with a number of organic businesses. There is no charge for this training which is provided as part of the BOBL project. The training will include...
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Sustainable Food Communites activity reports now available on-line (17-12-2012)
The final report on the Sustainable Food Communities (SFC) project was published to the Organic Centre Wales website in July 2012. The reports of the individual activities supported by the project have now been completed and are available on-line....
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Mobile farm shop (14-12-2012)
Mobile Farm Shop 'Get Ffresh' is a new venture in Cardiff that sells organic vegetables from the Riverside Market Garden as well as soups, jams, cheese and bread. It visits Llandough Hospital and Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, on Wednesdays and is...
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Learning about food and farming in Monmouthshire (11-12-2012)
As part of the BOBL school meals project in Monmouthshire, OCW has been running workshops in six primary schools. Pupils have been tasting apples, making personal food maps and compiling questionnaires for farmers, shopkeepers and others. Next term they will...
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Consumers continue to over estimate the cost of organic food (06-12-2012)
The Organic Centre Wales (OCW) recently conducted a survey at The Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells on the 26th & 27th November which highlighted the common misconceptions of the cost of organic food. Staff at the Organic...
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ORGANIC CAMPAIGN PUTS CHRISTMAS TURKEYS UNDER THE MICROSCOPE (25-11-2012)
Welsh families are being encouraged to do their research before ordering their Christmas turkeys, as part of the latest phase of a national publicity campaign by Organic Centre Wales (OCW). OCW is inviting consumers to “Treasure our Turkeys” and visit the...
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Welsh Organics Taste Success at True Taste Awards (02-11-2012)
Organic businesses across Wales tasted success last week, at this year's Wales the True Taste Food and Drink Awards. The award ceremony is in its 11th year and was hosted by the Welsh Government at The Royal Welsh Showground,...
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Food in a recession (12-10-2012)
'Food and food festivals in a recession' was the title of a conference organized by Miller Research in association with the Abergavenny Food Festival in September. Speakers included Alun Davies AS and Kim Walters of the Food Festival. Ruth Tudor, an...
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Organic Campaign Comes Back with a “Baaaaa” (05-09-2012)
Wales's first advertising campaign to promote the benefits of buying organic produce is set to return today (Monday 3rd September) to mark the start of National Organic Month in the UK, as posters featuring two new 'characters' start appearing at...
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New organic blog by David Frost (10-08-2012)
OCW now has a new blog on its Facebook page, from organic consultant and producer David Frost. David is a senior organic consultant with ADAS, a science-based, environmental and rural consultancy, and a partner of Organic Centre Wales. Dave, and...
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OCW and BOBL publications August 2012 (06-08-2012)
A comprehensive list of recent publications has been published to the OCW website. The list includes reports on Sustainable Food Communities, Public Sector Procurement, technical information for producers and material communicating the benefits of organic produce. Download the summary document...
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EU organic leaf logo now compulsory (16-07-2012)
The new EU organic logo is compulsory from 1 July 2012 onwards on all pre-packed organic food products that meet the necessary standards, Europolitics reports. Operators had a two-year transition period to adapt to the new rules in order to...
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Sign up to the Gwynedd Food Charter (13-06-2012)
The Gwynedd Food Charter, which is supported by the BOBL project, was launched by Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas at the Urdd Eisteddfod on Wednesday 6 June. Cynthia Hughes of Sustainable Gwynedd Cynaliadwy Ltd said: “Food is central to the livelihoods, culture and...
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New Campaign Encourages Shoppers to Choose Organic (12-06-2012)
A new marketing campaign, launching in Wales today (11 June), will set out to convince Welsh consumers of the benefits of selecting produce that is produced organically. The campaign, managed by Organic Centre Wales (OCW), will be the first of its...
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Hay on Earth - the Dragon Series 5-9 June 2012 (18-04-2012)
In 2012, the Green Dragon's Den event will be running for the third year, with up to £40,000 grant funding from Welsh Government available to help winning projects in Wales (up to £10,000 maximum for the winning project in each...
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Linking farmers and consumers in Wales (18-04-2012)
We are all familiar with the idea of farmers working in partnership, but what about partnerships between producers and their local communities? This is the big idea behind Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and it's one that is catching on. The...
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Royal Welsh Spring Festival 19-20 May (17-04-2012)
Come and visit Organic Centre Wales in the Green Horizon Sustainable Living Area, which is in the new food hall at the Royal Welsh Showground. See www.rwas.co.uk/en/garden-festival for full details.
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Cardiff Sustainable Food Charter launched (16-04-2012)
A Sustainable Food Charter for Cardiff was launched on 3 April, as part of the BOBL project. The Charter aims to promote a diverse and sustainable food culture in the city and get more people buying local Welsh produce, and provides...
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Education about the food supply chain (16-04-2012)
It's often said that the public needs more education about how food is produced, so that they can make good choices about what food to buy. However, really effective education needs to take into account the attitudes and values that are...
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Aspiring to Supply Chain Sustainability (01-02-2012)
A presentation given by Sue Fowler, Director OCW, to a workshop at the Elm Farm Organic Research Centre conference held on 16&17 January 2012 at Aston University, Birmingham.
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OCW loses core funding (31-01-2012)
Welsh Government funding for the Organic Conversion Information Service (OCIS) ceased on 31 December 2011. This means there is no longer a free dedicated service to help farmers who are considering organic certification. It is not clear if the...
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School farmers market on Anglesey (30-01-2012)
Many schools in Wales have now organized their own farmers markets, helping children learn about food and business and promoting organic and local food. One of them is Valley Primary School in Anglesey, who also visited an organic farm. See...
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Daioni milk links to Welsh rugby (07-12-2011)
Welsh organic flavoured milk brand Daioni has struck a three-year deal to become the Wales Rugby League's official community partner. The Daioni brand will now appear on the back of the Wales national shirt and on clothing worn by Wales...
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OCW at the Winter fair (02-12-2011)
OCW added a new string to its bow this year, with a new consumer focused stand in the food hall in addition to our usual station up on the balcony of the livestock building. We were joined at the latter...
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Community growing survey (08-11-2011)
The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens is interested in obtaining some feedback from community growing groups and organisations that in some way support community growing initiatives in Wales. In order to do this, they have put together an...
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Organic: Better Business Conference (08-11-2011)
A report of our recent conference is now available here. Over 90 delegates attended a day of talks and workshops at this year's Welsh organic conference. The theme was improving business performance in the organic sector and strengthening its economic,...
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Sustainable Food Cities (08-11-2011)
Last month the Soil Association launched its Sustainable Food Cities Network, which will help cities across the UK develop sustainable food initiatives. Speaking in support, Professor Kevin Morgan of Cardiff University said: “Having lagged behind places such as North America and...
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Encouragement and prosperity for organic businesses (04-11-2011)
Missed our Organic: Better Business conference? Don't miss out,
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Congratulations to organic True Taste Award winners (31-10-2011)
Six gold awards for organic products were among the organic winners on the night of celebrations of the Wales the True Taste awards at Venue Cymru in Llandudno. Four other organic products received silver and three received bronze awards. The 10th...
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Guaranteed minimum price agreed for organic lamb (25-10-2011)
The UK's leading organic livestock producer group has made a landmark agreement with meat supplier Dunbia Llanybydder on guaranteed minimum prices and premium for organic lamb. The objective of the agreement is to ensure a year-round supply of organic...
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Organic holidays (06-10-2011)
Congratulations to Linda Moss, author of Organic Places to Stay, who has been named an organic eco-hero by Greenhouse PR. Linda's guide lists plenty of organic holiday destinations in Wales. See www.organicholidays.co.uk.
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Food Waste Forum (06-10-2011)
The organization 'This is Rubbish' is to host a Food Waste Forum and Feast at The Centre for Alternative Technology on Saturday 5th November. During the day there will be a mixture of workshops, discussions, films and an exhibition, looking...
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Sustainable food: course (07-09-2011)
Food contributes to at least 20% of our greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. CAT is organizing a weekend course for educators and communicators on 28-30 October which looks in depth at food sustainability. See cat.org.uk/shortcourses or e-mail courses@cat.org.uk, ...
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Welsh food festivals 2011 (31-08-2011)
Organic Centre Wales will have a stand at the following festivals: Welsh Food Festival, Glansevern Hall, Welshpool, 2-4 September Aberystwyth, 17 September Abergavenny, 24-25 September Mold, 24-25 September. Come and see us!
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Wales leads the UK as Organic land has increased by 34% (23-08-2011)
Wales has boosted its take up of organic land more than any other UK country according to a national report. A recent report by DEFRA shows that Wales is leading the UK as organic land in Wales increased by 34%...
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Community Supported Agriculture Study Tour (23-08-2011)
As part of the Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) project, Organic Centre Wales is organising a study tour to the West of England. The tour will include attendance at the Soil Association Conference on Friday 16 September and a visit...
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How to use social media tools to build your business (16-08-2011)
Wondering whether Blogs, Twitter and Facebook are worth the bother and can really help your business? Come to this FREE two hour Better Organic Business Links, Social Media Workshop and find out how businesses like yours are using social networking sites...
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Win organic products worth over £100!! How can the organic sector become truly sustainable? (09-08-2011)
Creating organic products and getting them to the end customer in the most efficient and sustainable way is essential for the advancement of the organic sector. What is the one thing you believe the industry should do to become truly...
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Be organic and proud: new sign for organic land (20-07-2011)
Wales' first sign to let walkers and tourists know when the land under their feet is organic has been launched. During The Royal Welsh Show, The Better Organic Business Links Project (BOBL) introduced their new bi-lingual 'Tir Organig' signs. Available...
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Royal Welsh Agricultural Show (20-07-2011)
OCW is present in the Organic Food and Farming marquee in the Countryside Care Area at this year's event. The marquee showcases elements of the Better Organic Business links project, hosts the Organic Development Programme Farming Connect team and...
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Organic September (20-07-2011)
The Soil Association is urging people to 'discover organic this September', with events and promotions around the UK. This includes a list of farms which welcome visits from the public, and courses.
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Business success in times of change (11-07-2011)
In an event to be held at the Royal Welsh Show next week, Stephen Weir and Chris Stanley of Weir Total Supply Chain Sustainability will present case studies on the sustainability of businesses in post farmgate supply chains. They will...
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Local food school meal in Powys (11-07-2011)
Children at Ysgol Glantwymyn, Cemmaes Road, Powys, enjoyed a school meal of local food recently. Roast lamb from north Powys was on the menu, with organic potatoes from Pembrokeshire, carrots from Shropshire and leeks from Lancashire. The project was organized by...
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Sustainable Food Communities - Cardiff (16-06-2011)
Invitations have been issued to a range of organisations across Cardiff to attend a Sustainable Food Communities Wales consultation event on 30 June. Participants will be able to learn more about the purpose of the project and to hear about...
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Royal Welsh Agricultural Show (15-06-2011)
The Organic marquee in the Countryside Care Area at this year's event will host the Organic Development Programme Farming Connect team and the Organic Certification bodies, and showcase elements of the Better Organic Business links project. We will include...
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Mid Wales community groups urged to apply for sustainable food funding (08-06-2011)
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...
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Open Farm Sunday 12 June 2011 (28-04-2011)
Several organic farms around Wales are opening their gates to the public on 12 June. For more details see www.farmsunday.org
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Community growing with Tyfu Pobl (27-04-2011)
The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens has secured funding for a new three-year programme Tyfu Pobl (Growing People), to develop and expand its work in Wales. Tyfu Pobl will provide support and advice for both existing and emerging community...
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Wales Sustainability Week, 14-21 May 2011 (30-03-2011)
The Welsh Assembly Government is organising Wales' second Sustainability Week which will take place from 14 to 21 May 2011. They are inviting individuals, organisations from all sectors and communities to: • take action to make Wales more sustainable; • celebrate and...
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True Taste Awards 2011/12 (29-03-2011)
Reminder – The deadline for entries into the True Taste Food and Drink Awards is 15th April 2011 – to enter please go to www.truetaste.tv. The 10th annual True Taste Food and Drink Awards will be held in North Wales on...
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Selling organic vegetables at school (29-03-2011)
A Ceredigion primary school has been growing organic vegetables for sale to the public. Ysgol y Dderi at Llangybi, Lampeter, originally set up a Fruit and Vegetable Coop last March, selling produce from Blaencamel, a local horticultural business. In June,...
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Community share offer: Llwyn Ffranc Forest Farm (23-03-2011)
On March 1, 2011 Llwyn Ffranc Limited launched a community share offer to buy part of Llwyn Ffranc Farm on the slopes of the Skirrid, a holy mountain close to the Welsh town of Abergavenny. Llwyn Ffranc Limited is a...
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Growing fruit in Wales (07-03-2011)
Dyfi Valley Seed Savers have published the results of a survey of Powys orchards, conducted in response to demand for knowledge on fruit growing in Wales. In 2009 and 2010 they surveyed 22 orchards and gathered the experiences of fruit...
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Benefits of organic milk (07-02-2011)
Researchers at Newcastle University have found that milk collected during a particularly poor UK summer and the following winter had significantly higher saturated fat content and far less beneficial fatty acids than in a more normal year. However, organic milk...
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Welsh angle on a new advertising campaign for organic food (10-01-2011)
Organic Centre Wales (OCW) will be supporting a high profile three-year campaign to promote organic food in the UK. The £2m campaign, paid for by organic businesses and match-funding from the EU, invites consumers to discover what organic means to them,...
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New campaign launches to highlight benefits of organic (10-01-2011)
The organic industry is launching a high profile 3-year campaign that is set to deliver sales growth by increasing consumer demand for organic food in the UK. Match funded by the EU, the aim of the £2m 'Why I...
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Threat to school meals (06-01-2011)
Public sector spending cuts could mean the end of healthy school meals in the UK. Writing in the Western Mail, Prof. Kevin Morgan of Cardiff University says that school food is the test of a society's commitment to social justice,...
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Permaculture courses (04-01-2011)
Through BOBL, OCW is funding a Permaculture Course to support the Caerhys Organic Community Agriculture project in St David's. We suspect there are other organic producers and CSA projects in other parts of the country with similar interest, and if...
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Support for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) (04-01-2011)
OCW is supporting Secure Alternative Markets such as CSA projects through BOBL. We are currently working with 6 projects all across Wales, providing advice and information on establishing CSA, advice and training on producing for CSA projects. Contact E-mail: jll...
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Organic bread from Ceredigion (08-12-2010)
A loaf of bread made from organic wheat grown in Ceredigion was the centrepiece of OCW's stand at this year's Winter Fair. The wheat was grown at the Aberystwyth University farm at Trawsgoed and milled at Felinganol, a working watermill...
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Organic Producers make their mark in Wales the True Taste Awards (12-11-2010)
Organic producers are well represented amongst the winners of Wales the True Taste Awards. Of the 80 awards organic food products were eligible for, 13 went to organic producers and eight of these were gold. These are in...
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Sustainable food from Wales (04-11-2010)
In the run-up to the True Taste Awards 2010, the Guardian profiles some Welsh producers and businesses who have won awards in the Sustainable Development category in previous years. These include Paul Benham who grows organic vegetables at Primrose Farm...
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Imported animal feeds (04-11-2010)
Friends of the Earth and the Soil Association are both campaigning for more sustainable meat and dairy production in the UK. The FoE's Food Chain campaign calls for reduced reliance on imported feeds which often have high environmental impacts. Now the...
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BOBL at Conwy Feast (08-10-2010)
The Better Organic Business Links project had a stand at the Gwledd Conwy Feast on 23 and 24 October. Visitors to the stand were able to see at first hand what the BOBL project is aiming to achieve over the next...
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Welsh organic producer conference 21 October (08-10-2010)
Over 135 people attended the Organic Producers' Conference on 21 October at the Royal Welsh Showground. Patrick Holden talked about his radical ideas for the transformation of our present industrial food and farming systems to a more sustainable alternative,...
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Organic cheese at the Olympics (08-10-2010)
West Wales cheese company Sancler Organic is to supply its organic yoghurt cheese to the 2012 Olympics. The company won a contract to supply food to the Games following a visit to the Speciality and Fine Food Show in London...
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Food and the Big Society (08-10-2010)
The Soil Association is holding its annual National Conference in Manchester on 9/10 February in Manchester Town Hall. The conference will discuss how food and farming can provide a mechanism for combating some of the major challenges that are confronting...
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Marketing Organics in a Changing World (04-10-2010)
The Better Organic Business Links Project has published a review of information on consumers' attitudes to organic produce from Wales. The review was carried out by Beaufort Research to inform the development of a survey to monitor the current...
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FACE and Farms for Schools conference (17-09-2010)
FACE and Farms for Schools are organizing a conference for farmers on working with schools. It will be held on Tuesday 19 October at Cefn Mably Farm Park on the outskirts of Cardiff. All farmers and teachers are welcome. Download flyer
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Organic strawberries are healthier (13-09-2010)
Researchers from Washington State University in the US have found that organic strawberries contain higher levels of anti-cancer nutrients than fruit sprayed with chemical pesticides. Naturally-produced strawberries also have a longer shelf life and a richer more fruity flavour. Researchers...
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Food strategy (13-09-2010)
The long-awaited Food and Drink Strategy “Food for Wales, Food from Wales 2010-2020” has been launched. WAG are keen to receive feedback from individuals so please visit www.wales.gov.uk/food and respond directly. If you wish to contribute to a response by...
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A month of food festivals (02-09-2010)
September is packed with food and drink festivals to visit, including the Organic Food Festival (11 & 12 September). Buy organic produce from over 200 stalls and watch chefs such as Raymond Blanc, Giorgio Locatelli, Oliver Rowe and Thomasina Miers....
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Organic Fortnight 3-17 September (03-08-2010)
'Choose organic every day' is the slogan for this year's Fortnight. Suggestions for what to do include visiting an organic farm, hosting an organic dinner party and having an organic holiday. Several organic farms in Wales are hosting Organic Farm...
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Growing food in the community (03-08-2010)
The Welsh Assembly Government has launched an action plan to promote community grown food in Wales. Community growing has become very popular in recent years, in response to concerns about food security, climate change and health and well-being. A list of...
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2 million for UK campaign (27-07-2010)
The EU has approved funding for the UK's first generic promotional campaign to increase awareness of the benefits of organic food and farming, giving a boost of £2 million to the organic industry in the UK over the next three...
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Food for Wales, Food from Wales 2010:2020 (07-07-2010)
A new consultation on a Food Strategy for Wales seeks your views on the Welsh Assembly Government's proposed food strategy for Wales. The strategy takes into consideration cross-cutting issues to provide the basis for an integrated approach to food policy...
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Fork2fork: promoting local food in Wales (07-07-2010)
Fork2fork is a new website with information on local food, including farmers' markets, farm shops, online producers through to local box schemes. It also has useful information for producers, including case studies and newsletters. See www.Fork2fork.org.uk The fork2fork campaign is a two...
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Soils seminar at the Royal Welsh Show (06-07-2010)
Soil is a living entity - and under threat. The speaker in the Organic Centre Wales seminar this year in the Aberystwyth University Pavilion, at 2.00pm on Monday 19 July will be Dr. Liz Stockdale from Newcastle University. She...
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Elm Farm Events (06-07-2010)
The Organic Research Centre Elm Farm, in Berkshire, which is a partner in Organic Centre Wales, is organizing two public events in July to celebrate its 30th anniversary. An Open Day on 16 July will include a range of technical...
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Reducing food waste (06-07-2010)
The Welsh Assembly Government says the average family wastes £50 a month on food that is thrown away, and has set a target to recycle 70% of waste in Wales by 2025. It has committed £34m between 2009 and 2011...
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Aminopyralid: the threat continues (06-07-2010)
The Soil Association and the Organic Growers Alliance (OGA) are calling on growers and gardeners to be vigilant following renewed cases of damaged crops due to manure contaminated with the herbicide aminopyralid. The symptoms include misshapen leaves and fruit, reduced...
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Community growing in Wales (06-07-2010)
Minister for Rural Affairs Elin Jones last month launched a map of community farms and gardens in Wales. The map, which was produced by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, lists 45 projects. All welcome visits by the...
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Gwynedd food garden competition (01-07-2010)
Gwynedd Environmental Partnership and Sustainable Gwynedd recently launched a Food Garden Competition to inspire people to grow their own food. The competition is open to gardens producing fruit, vegetable or herbs in Gwynedd whatever the scale – from a few...
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Royal Welsh Show (01-06-2010)
Organic Centre Wales will be joined by the main certification organizations, advisory and producer organizations at this year's Show on 19-22 July at Builth. Our speaker this year at 2.30 on Monday 19 July will be Dr. Liz Stockdale...
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Feeding the world (01-06-2010)
At a conference entitled "How can organic + fair trade guarantee global food security?" which took place on 22 April in Munich, delegates called for the strengthening of smallholder and organic agriculture in order to achieve long-term global food security....
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Organic market garden for Cardiff (01-06-2010)
The Riverside Community Market Association is selling shares in its new project, a 10-acre plot outside Cardiff. It will produce a wide range of organic vegetables, with a focus on higher value crops such as salads, and some fruit. Some...
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Stockfree organic farming (01-06-2010)
Vegan organic growing uses green manures, mulches, composts and careful crop rotation to build soil fertility without using animal manures. Five UK growers are already certified as stockfree organic. People who would like to get into organic horticulture can study...
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Queen tastes organic lamb (01-06-2010)
On a recent visit to the livestock mart and farmers' market in Welshpool, the Queen met farmers, food processors and schoolchildren, and sampled a range of Powys produce. Margaret Thomas of Organic Aran Lamb, near Bala, said: "We made a...
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New factsheets: labelling of organic products, and gene technology (26-04-2010)
The new EU organic regulation has brought with it a number of important changes to the labelling of organic products. If you package and/or sell any organic produce, you need to read our new factsheet on Labelling of organic products:...
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Soil Association Organic Market Report 2010 (26-04-2010)
The Soil Association's latest Organic Market Report was published on Monday 12 April. Sales of organic products in the UK fell by 12.9% in 2009 to £1.84 billion. Yet despite the tough economic climate, the report also indicates signs of...
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Hay on Earth and the Sustainable Development Challenge Fund (07-04-2010)
The Sustainable Development Challenge Fund is intended to support organisations, communities and businesses develop innovative new approaches to sustainable development in Wales. As part of the Hay Festival, a series of workshops are to be run under the title Hay...
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Wales Sustainability Week, 17-23 May 2010 (07-04-2010)
The Welsh Assembly Government has announced the first Wales Sustainability Week which will take place from the 17th to 23rd May 2010. Individuals, organisations and communities are invited to: • take specific action to make Wales more sustainable; • celebrate and...
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One Pot Pledge (31-03-2010)
The One Pot Pledge® is a new gardening campaign from Garden Organic, aimed at people who have never grown anything before. The target is to recruit 30,000 people to start growing their own food with a single pot. People who...
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Why I Love Organic (22-03-2010)
The Organic Trade Board campaign is now entering its second month and has launched a website to support the campaign. To learn more and check on progress visit: whyiloveorganic.org.uk.The campaign has been funded by donations from organic producers who...
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Mid and north Wales local food heroes (15-03-2010)
The Cambrian News is looking for individuals and businesses that grow, make and sell the best local produce in mid and north Wales. It will make awards in two categories: 2010 Direct Sales Champion and Local Retailer of the year. The...
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The Future of Food (01-03-2010)
A report of the Soil Association's recent annual conference is now available. It contains recordings of the main speakers, including Monty Don, Graham Harvey and Joanna Blythman, Patrick Holden, Oliver Walston and Jeannette Orrey. There are also reports from some...
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Vegetarianism and the environment (01-03-2010)
A study by Cranfield University, commissioned by the environmental group WWF, suggests that vegetarianism may have disadvantages for the environment. Switching from beef and lamb reared in Britain to meat substitutes such as tofu would result in more foreign land...
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Return to farming with nature (01-03-2010)
In an article originally published in Natur Cymru, and reprinted in an edited version in the Western Mail, Soil Association director Patrick Holden argues that an unhealthy schism has developed between food producers and the nature conservation movement. He calls...
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Fair trade flourishes - how about organic? (01-03-2010)
Figures released at the start of Fair Trade Fortnight show that sales of fair trade products grew by 12% during 2009, while those of organic fell, by 31% for bread and 16.5% for fruit. Sue Fowler, director of Organic Centre...
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Powys Orchard Project: take part in a survey (18-02-2010)
Dyfi Valley Seed Savers are surveying fruit growing in Powys. DVSS are interested to know how people are getting on with fruit growing in our beautiful, but damp land. We think the people and wildlife of Powys could benefit from the...
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Local Food Talks 2010 (11-02-2010)
Local Food Talks draws together a group of organisations and businesses who are passionate about promoting food and drink from Mid Wales. A series of events will be held all over Mid-Wales during February, March and April, offering opportunities to...
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New EU organic logo (09-02-2010)
The European Commission has officially announced the winner of the EU organic logo competition. The winning design is by Dusan Milenkovic, a student from Germany, who gained 63% of the overall vote. From 1 July 2010, this logo will be...
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Food, Inc documentary (04-02-2010)
Food, Inc is a US documentary about the food industry which is being released in the UK this year, with support from the Soil Association. Screenings: Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells, Powys: 14, 15, 16, 17 & 18 March Aberystwyth Arts Centre...
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Report on consumer attitudes (04-02-2010)
The financial crisis and subsequent recession has forced consumers to re-think their purchasing decisions across all their expenditure, including food. Organic consumption has generally fared well, but producers are having to work harder for their share of expenditure and compete with...
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Eating the planet (20-01-2010)
Compassion in World Farming and Friends of the Earth recently produced Eating the planet? How we can feed the world without trashing it, which says that a mixture of organic and free-range farming could feed the world in 2050, while...
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Low Carbon Wales (20-01-2010)
A report from the Sustainable Development Commission Wales sets out a regional plan for transition to a low-carbon economy, covering housing, transport, food, natural environment, economy and society. Organic food and local procurement are both mentioned. Download report and the...
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Organic vegetables in school (07-01-2010)
Children at Kitchener Primary School in Cardiff enjoyed organic leek and potato soup with their school lunch in November, as part of the BOBL project. After the meal, the local Food Coop sold vegetables and fruit to the parents.
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Choose the new organic logo (10-12-2009)
Vote for the EU's new logo: click here. Closing date is 31 January 2010 and the new logo will be used from July 2010.
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Local food school meal in Conwy (10-12-2009)
Organic Centre Wales recently held a local food school meal in Conwy, featuring organic produce.
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Seasonal food (07-12-2009)
The Food Ethics Council last month published a discussion paper on seasonal food. It suggests that supermarkets should consider greater seasonal variation in their product ranges as part of their commitment to improving environmental performance, but not as an end...
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BBC Food and Farming Awards (07-12-2009)
Congratulations to Riverside Community Market Association, runners up in the Best Food Market Category. BBC website
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Organic food directory (07-12-2009)
OCW is updating the 2008/09 edition of Organic and Local: Where to buy organic and local produce in Wales. Initially it will be a web-based directory, but we hope to print it in 2010. We will be checking existing entries...
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True Taste Awards 2009/10 (07-12-2009)
Congratulations go to those organic producers who have taken many of the top prizes in the True Taste Awards earlier this month. Sam and Rachel Holden of Bwlchwernen Fawr, makers of Hafod cheese won two gold awards; Paul Benham of...
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National Trust awards for organic food (04-11-2009)
Cynan Jones of The Mushroom Garden, Beddgelert, is one of five Welsh winners of the National Trust's Fine Farm Produce Awards. He produces organic shiitake, chestnut and oyster mushrooms and supplies many restaurants. Another winner was...
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