Sunday, 30 August 2009

ORGANIC FORTNIGHT - 5TH-20TH SEPTEMBER

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 30th August 2009 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 079444 71083



ORGANIC FORTNIGHT – 5th-20th SEPTEMBER 2009

Kent Green Party strongly supports the Soil Association’s Organic Fortnight being held between 5th and 20th September this year (1). The Soil Association is emphasising the value of organic food and encouraging people to publicise their use of it as far as possible. Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair of Kent Green Party, comments:

“The best way we can celebrate Organic Fortnight between 5th and 20th September this year is to grow more organic food ourselves. It does encourage other people to do so when they can see your growing herbs on your windowsills and – in my own home – tomatoes and peppers in a conservatory. Raised beds in the garden are also very productive. Far too few people attempt to grow some of their own fruit or nuts. Why would anyone wish to be constantly mowing lawns rather than cultivating their own food in the same space? Our climate in Kent does allow us long growing seasons.
“With more people living in apartment-style developments than before, more allotments are clearly needed to allow people to produce more of their own food (2). New houses often have very small gardens nowadays too.

“Organic box schemes, farmers markets and farm shops can help supply the organic produce we cannot grow ourselves. The continuing growth of such initiatives, and popularity of growing our own food, shows that our culture has changed in recent years. More people want fresh organic food than ever before.”

FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair, Kent Green Party, on 01732 355185 or mobile 079444 71083. Contact address as above.

Notes:
1. SEE: http://www.soilassociation.org/News/NewsItem/tabid/91/smid/463/ArticleID/35/reftab/57/t/Soil-Association-Organic-Fortnight-2009---Organic-values-on-a-budget/Default.aspx Soil Association Organic Fortnight 2009 is a nationwide celebration of all things organic. Look out for events and activities in farm shops, markets, restaurants, health stores, cafes, pubs, schools and supermarkets across the whole of the UK.
2. Kent Green Party has already encouraged local councils in Kent to allocate more land to allotments. SEE: www.kentgreenparty.org

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