Organic Centre Wales will be having two stands this year at the Winter Fair in Builth, one for producers and the other for consumers to find out more about organic food.
The stand for producers will as usual be on the balcony in the Livestock Building. Staff will be on hand to deal with technical queries and discuss policy issues including CAP reform, the organic support schemes (OFS and OFCS) and Glastir.
Also present will be representatives from the three main control bodies who work in Wales – the Soil Association Certification Limited, Organic Farmers and Growers, and Quality Welsh Livestock Certification – and the organic livestock marketing group, Graig Producers. They all look forward to meeting producers.
Meanwhile, in the Food Hall, staff will be running a blind tasting session to see if organic carrots really do taste any different, plus activities for children including our Feeling Organic competition, and information on organic food and farming in Wales.
“We hope that farmers, growers, food businesses and consumers will all come and see us at this year's Fair,” said Sue Fowler, Director of Organic Centre Wales. “Linking farmers, food businesses and consumers is essential to a thriving organic supply chain and all the indications are that people want to see this happen.”
The Winter Fair runs for two days, Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 November, at the Royal Welsh Showground. Organic Centre Wales, the certification organisations and Graig Producers will be on the Balcony in the Livestock Building, Stand Number EXB 266. OCW will also be in the Food Hall.
Tony Little, Organic Centre Wales,
, 01970 622248.
Lucy Watkins, Organic Centre Wales,
, 01970 622248.
Notes for editors
1. Organic Centre Wales is funded by the Welsh 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 ADAS, the Organic Research Centre Elm Farm, and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University.
2. The Organic Conversion Information Service (01970 622100) is funded by WG to provide information to producers considering conversion – an information pack and up to two free on-farm visits are available.
3. The Organic Farming Conversion Scheme is currently closed.
4. Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) is a three-year project to build organic supply chains. It 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.