School meals guru headlines at the Royal Welsh as organic food gets a boost
Jeanette Orrey, one of the UK's most widely respected and inspirational experts on school food policy, will be speaking on Local Food for Local Schools at the Royal Welsh next week in a seminar organized by Organic Centre Wales (OCW).
Jeanette is working with OCW project on a project in Monmouthshire which is part of OCW's Better Organic Business Links initiative to increase public understanding of sustainable food and farming, and in particular to promote awareness of organic food.
You can find out more in the Organic Food and Farming marquee in the Countryside Care Area, where all are welcome for tea, biscuits and the best organic coffee on the showground.
Take your children's picture (no height restriction) in front of our 'talking leeks' poster, and come up with your own captions. The posters are part of our 'OCW Naturally different' campaign and you can have your own copy of the poster to take home along with an exclusive sticker.
Find out how you can give the thumbs up to organic on Facebook and see if you can work out where the next phase of our Organic Centre Wales Naturally Different campaign will go.
Read our englyn, produced by Talwrn y Beirdd poets last year, and feel free to write your own.
Mae'r rhai iau'n ymroi i'r hâd yn unol
â'r hen, hen draddodiad,
gan drin daear yr arad
fel fy nhaid, nid fel fy nhad.
Throughout the show we're being joined by organic producers and processors from around Wales. Talk to enthusiasts about thatching straw, protein crops or beautiful wool and textiles (Llynfi Textiles or Ystrad Organics). Meet Emily Davies from Capestone Organic Poultry, who will display chicken products.
The three main certification organisations in Wales – Soil Association Certification, Organic Farmers & Growers, and Quality Welsh Food Certification – will have stands in the marquee and producers can meet them over a coffee or talk to them about joining the organic evolution.
To round the show off on Thursday we're giving visitors a chance to talk to Patti from the Treehouse organic food shop and restaurant in Aberystwyth about enjoying the best food. Patti, like Picasso, is an accomplished artist and will be illustrating the topics people want to talk about. Spend some time chatting to her and you could well feature in one of her famous cartoons.
To reserve a place at the seminar with Jeanette Orrey on Monday 23 July at 2pm in the Aberystwyth University pavilion, please e-mail
Notes for editors
1. Organic Centre Wales is the national resource for consumers, farmers and policy makers committed to more sustainable food and farming in Wales. It is based at Aberystwyth University and run by a partnership consisting of ADAS, the Organic Research Centre Elm Farm, and Aberystwyth University. See www.organiccentrewales.org.uk.
2. Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) is an Organic Centre Wales project and has received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The project is designed to support the primary producer in Wales and grow the market for Welsh organic produce in a sustainable way. The project is developing new, emerging and existing markets for organic produce whilst driving innovation, at all levels, within the supply chain. The overall aim is to support a thriving Welsh organic sector so that the benefits of WG investment in the Organic Farming Scheme to generate agri-environmental benefits, and in the Welsh Organic Action Plan to support rural development and sustainable food production, can be fully realised.