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5.08.05
Helen Browning Invites Sw Farmers To 'Slow Food' Lunch

Join Helen Browning, Organic South West and Organic Livestock Farmers Cornwall & Devon for a slow food lunch near Bodmin to celebrate national 'Organic week' on Thursday 8 September 2005.

Helen Browning, the Soil Association's Food and Farming Director, will address guests at a special slow food lunch to be held at South Penquite Farm, Blisland near Bodmin on Thursday 8 September. Hosted by Organic South West (OSW) and Organic Livestock Farmers Cornwall & Devon (OLFCD), an open invitation is extended to all members of the farming community in the southwest to celebrate National Organic Week and find out more about organic farming.

A successful farmer and business woman, Helen Browning runs an organic farm in Wiltshire and manages her own range of Eastbrook Farm meat products. Her talk will focus on marketing challenges and business opportunities for farmers in Cornwall and Devon. Up to a hundred places are available and the lunch offers a chance to meet local organic farmers and some of the organisations, involved in all technical and marketing aspects of organic food and farming.

Slow Food is an international organisation that promotes food and wine culture but also defends food and agricultural biodiversity worldwide. The Cornish Slow Food convivium was established earlier this year by Bob Lindo of Camel Valley, with Rick Stein as its patron. This will be their first public event and it will be a great opportunity for the farming community to not only enjoy a slow food lunch but to find out more. Tickets for the lunch, which features a delicious selection of local produce, cost £5.00 and are available from Laura Wellington at Organic South West on 01208 78988.

Dominic Fairman, who farms South Penquite, started converting the farm to organic production in 1999 and runs a successful hill beef and sheep enterprise on the edges of Bodmin Moor. Guests are invited to walk off their lunch by taking a tour around his farm, which is also actively involved in educational visits and farm tourism. The day will be rounded off with a delicious traditional Cornish cream tea, provided by Bangors organic tea room.

An extensive programme of events to mark Organic Week is taking place across the region Visit: www.organicsouthwest.org for a full listing.

For further information please contact Laura Wellington of Organic South West on 01208 78988 or email: lwellington@soilassociation.org.

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Editor's notes:

Organic Week, organised by the Soil Association takes place from 3-11 September, starting with the Organic Food Festival on Bristol's Harbourside, 3-4 September where Cornish organic producers will be exhibiting.

For a full list of events across the region visit: www.organicsouthwest.org or see: www.soilassociation.org

For more information about South Penquite Farm visit: www.southpenquite.co.uk

More Information About Organic Week
Images of last year's Organic Food Festival, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Jamie Oliver, and of organic food and farms, are available from www.soilassociation.org/images.

Celebrity Support
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who will once again take part in Organic Week, says, "Buy local and organic and you have the satisfaction of knowing you have contributed to the diversity and vitality of the countryside around you."

Jamie Oliver says, "I want to cook with the best ingredients and that's why I support the Soil Association. They're working to ensure that food is the way it should be: healthy, tasty and grown with nature."

Sophie Grigson says, "I eat organic and use organic ingredients where I can because I believe it is a logical step when you think more carefully about where your food comes from."

Sponsors
Organic Week is sponsored by Hambleden Herbs, Highland Spring and Whole Earth Foods.

The Organic Food Festival is organised by the Soil Association in partnership with Yeo Valley Organic. The event is also supported by additional sponsorship from Green & Blacks, Suma, Freshwater Company, the Village Bakery and Attwoolls.

Press release issued and distributed on behalf of Organic South West by Emma Parkin, PR and Media. Tel. 01392 490009 or email: em.parkin@blueyonder.co.uk.

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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