Organic farming will feature strongly at the Winter Fair in Builth this year, with a special organic area on the Balcony in the Livestock Building where farmers can receive specialist information as part of the Farming Connect Organic Development Programme. There will also be numerous organic businesses selling produce in the Food Hall.
Organic Centre Wales will be hosting the organic area, and will have its own stand with organic coffee and snacks. Staff will be on hand to deal with technical queries and there will also be an opportunity to discuss how our new organic marketing and supply chains project, Better Organic Business Links, could help your business.
Also present will be representatives from the three main certification organisations who work in Wales the Soil Association Certification Limited, Organic Farmers and Growers, and Quality Welsh Livestock Certification and organic livestock marketing group Graig Producers. They all look forward to meeting producers.
The Winter Fair is a fantastic opportunity to catch up with friends old and new, says Carolyn Wacher of Organic Centre Wales, so please do bring your queries about production and your views about the future, and we will do our best to answer them. Don't forget also to visit the Food Hall and stock up on some organic produce for Christmas.
The Winter Fair runs for two days, Monday 30 November and Tuesday 1 December, 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 231.
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Notes for editors
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. The Organic Conversion Information Service (01970 622100) is funded by WAG 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. Farming Connect, working closely with its partner organisations, provides one to one support, knowledge, expertise, training and advisory services tailored to the needs of farmers in Wales. Many of these services are fully funded or subsidised and the service is both flexible and accessible. You can register with the Farming Connect Service Centre on 08456 000 813 or contact Farming Connect directly at your nearest WAG Divisional Office. OCW is funded by Farming Connect to deliver the Organic Development Programme.
5. 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 Assembly Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.