On 5 July, pupils at Ysgol Glantwymyn enjoyed a lunchtime special of fine locally produced food, with a hint of organic produce for good measure. The new, delicious menu has been introduced as a part of a project organised through Organic Centre Wales (OCW) and Powys County Council Catering Services.
The meal was organised as part of OCW's Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) project, a part of which focuses on improving the supply of organic produce to public institutions.
Lucy Watkins, Supply Chains Coordinator at OCW said: “We hope the menu will encourage schools to strengthen links with their local and organic food producers. It is also a great opportunity for pupils to discover how the food on their plate is produced.”
Pupils and guests were treated to roast lamb and vegetables, followed by a dessert of apple crumble and custard. The lamb was sourced from North Powys, while the dessert was made from Powys Bramley apples and custard made with organic milk, all served within the school's canteen.
Another facet of the initiative is to encourage and educate children on the benefits of local, organic produce. Through taking the children on an educational journey about where the produce came from, OCW hopes this will encourage future generations to support and consume local and organic products.
Jane Powell, Information Officer at OCW, added: “Education about where food comes from is an essential part of building healthy, local and organic food markets. We hope that this initiative will help to build links between schools and local and organic farms and food businesses in Powys.”
For more information on the BOBL project and Organic Centre Wales visit www.organiccentrewales.org.uk or call 01970 622248
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Notes for the editor
1. Organic Centre Wales is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government to provide information on organic food and farming to producers, food businesses, consumers and others. It is based at Aberystwyth University and run by a partnership consisting of the ADAS, the Organic Research Centre Elm Farm, and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University.
2. BOBL is an Organic Centre Wales funded under the Supply Chain Efficiencies scheme as part of the Welsh Assembly Government Rural Development Plan. 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 will develop 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 WAG 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.