Organic South West's Organic Week Roundup 2005
National Organic Week, organised by Bristol-based charity, the Soil Association, took place between 3-11 September 2005. Organic South West, who promote organic food and farming in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, co-ordinated and supported a number of events throughout the region. The following is a brief summary of these:
Bristol Organic Food Festival, 3 & 4 September - a record
breaking 150,000 visitors attended this event. The Cornish
food pavilion was a great success, with both Carleys of Cornwall
and Penheale Organics running out of product by the end of
Saturday resulting in additional supplies being brought up
for Sunday. Also exhibiting were Roskillys, Origin Coffee
and Barwick and Helsett Farms. Cornish organic produce recipe
cards were given away to hundreds of people.
Royal Cornwall Hospital organic breakfast, 5 September -
Staff and visitors enjoyed a traditional breakfast consisting
entirely of organic ingredients including sausages, bacon,
eggs and tomatoes. During the week lunches of organic baked
potatoes were on offer at the Knowledge Spa café. These
were organised by the NHS Food Programme team, which is working
to get healthy, local food into Cornwall's hospitals, and
is supported by Organic South West. Both projects have received
investment from Objective One to help boost the use of best
quality regional produce.
Organic cricket match, 6 September - St Neot Taverners CC,
who play on a certified organic field near Liskeard and count
two organic farmers in their team took on Cornwall's over
'50s. Martin Davies, technical adviser, Organic South West,
is the Club's social secretary and following the home team's
victory they celebrated their success with a sumptuous organic
Cornish organic 'Slow Food' lunch, Thursday 8 September -
Helen Browning, the Soil Association's director of Food and
Farming was the guest speaker at the lunch held at South Penquite
Farm, Blisland near Bodmin. She gave a graphic presentation
of the trials and tribulations of launching a marketing brand
from her own extensive experience as a farmer and owner of
Eastbrook Farm organic meats. The Slow Food lunch, provided
by Angie Dodd of Seriously Good, was a huge success, utilising
the best of Cornish organic and local produce; 65 people attended
including 15 producers who are currently considering conversion
to organic systems.
Organic Barbeque and cocktail party, at the British Kite
Surfing Association Wave Event, Watergate Bay, 9-11 September
- combining the best of everything Cornish throughout this
three day event that became a celebration of organic food
and drink with organic menu items at Watergate Bay Hotel,
the Beach Hut and Extreme Academy. An organic beach barbecue
ran throughout the day and Saturday night's organic cocktail
party entertained over 150 people with a delicious buffet
at the Extreme Academy; Roskillys and Origin also provided
organic ice cream and coffee throughout the event for competitors
Bangors House Organic Farmers Market, Sunday 11 September
- a busy event to round off the week held in the delightful
gardens of Cornwall's only bed and organic breakfast house,
at Poundsgate near Bude. Local organic producers sold milk
and ice cream, fresh vegetables and fruit, herbs, apple juice,
bread and beauty products whilst the restaurant provided Sunday
lunches and cream teas for a steady stream of visitors throughout
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The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Organic South West through the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).
Anyone considering a new horticulture, food and land based industries project is advised to speak with Maria Ford, at Government Office South West - 01752 635015 - before commencing development as there are now only limited funds available due to the successful uptake of funding by the agricultural sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
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