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Sales help for organic farmers

Tuesday 06 July 2004

ORGANIC farmers and market gardeners are being invited to a special conference in Harrogate this week to get marketing advice on how to sell their produce to local schools.

The conference, organised by the Soil Association, the leading body of the organics movement, is being held on Thursday, July 8, at St Aidans High School, which is one of the very few schools in Yorkshire which already serves fresh, locally bought food cooked in its own kitchens.

There is a growing movement throughout the UK pressing for more schools to follow suit because of increasing alarm over obese children who could become seriously ill in early adulthood as a result of poor diet.

Prince Charles is one of the leading advocates and the Government has asked top doctors and scientists to investigate. Opening up such a market could help organic farmers break through into the mainstream of food production.

The school will serve organic mince for the first time on the day of the event, sourced from CCM Quality Foods in Skipton (01756 692909).


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