Organic is on the menu at Eden
A dedicated Organic Development Officer has been appointed
to the Eden Project team to work with local farmers and food
businesses to create opportunities for local producers to
supply Eden with high quality Cornish organic food and drink.
The new post has been created from the partnership between
Eden and the Soil Association's £1.2 million Organic
South West project, which has received joint investment from
Objective One and DEFRA.
Organic South West provides support, information and advice
to existing and new organic businesses in Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly, working specifically on developing new markets
and supply chains to maintain a profitable sector.
The appointment of an Organic Development Officer at Eden
is the project's latest commitment to boosting the regional
market for quality, locally grown organic products in the
region by working with local attractions and businesses.
Charlotte Russell, regional manager for Soil Association
Organic South West said: "Eden has already developed
close links with the food and farming community in Cornwall
and purchases locally sourced goods wherever possible.
"The initiative will provide a great opportunity for
its visitors to further explore the interdependence between
plants and people through the story of organic food production,
so creating awareness of the links between food, farming and
Eden has established a firm commitment to source organic
food for its restaurants and shops in association with agreed
plans with Cornish producers. Clare Gardner, the newly appointed
Organic Development Officer will develop this objective within
Eden and the wider community.
Claire Gardner said: ''We aim to inspire the commercial development
of organic products in the region which will secure new and
additional economic benefits for Cornwall, as well as increasing
public awareness of organic and sustainable living."'
With National Organic Week between 4-12 October, visitors
to Eden will be encouraged to sample the delights of organic
food for themselves next week at food tasting sessions held
in the indigo tent at the bottom of the pit.
European Agricultural Guidance
and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF)
EAGGF is one of the four funds that make up the Objective
One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, which
is making £314 million available to support the local
economy between 2000 and 2006.
EAGGF aims to:
||Help preserve the link between diversified farming
and the land
||Improve and support the competitiveness of agriculture
as a key activity in rural areas
||Ensure the diversification of the economy in rural
||Help to keep thriving communities in rural areas
||Preserve and improve the environment, the landscape
and the rural heritage
For further information contact:
Organic South West: 01579 371147
Eden project: 01726 811900 ext 5203
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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