Next week sees the launch of Bord Bia's National Organic Week, and it's your chance to celebrate and promote everything organic about Ireland's food production and retail sector.

Taking place between September 10th and 16th, National Organic Week will celebrate Ireland’s organic producers, growers, retailers and farmer’s markets nationwide.

Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, there will be a series of organic-minded activities across the country all week, from organic farm walks to public BBQs, cookery demonstrations and in-store talks and tastings.

In Ireland today, there are currently 1,721 registered organic operators with over 50,000ha of land being used to produce crops, trees and to farm animals. Organic produce is made using farming methods which are environmentally friendly and incorporate sustainable production practices, respectful use of the countryside and concern for animal welfare.

Since July, all pre-packaged organic food products in Europe which meet organic standards carry the “Euro-Leaf” EU organic logo.

Teresa Brophy, Ireland Market Manager, Bord Bia said “National Organic Week celebrates the work being done by over a thousand food producers all over Ireland who are committed to farming organically. For a small country we produce an amazing selection of organic food and drink and this week-long campaign provides a platform for organic producers and retailers to promote their products while encouraging consumers to learn how to recognise organic food and identify where it can be purchased”.

Billie Barrett (5) and Adam Dunne (4) help launch National Organic Week

The National Organic Awards, recognised as an important feature in the organic food and drink industry calendar, will be hosted by Bord Bia on Thursday 13th September. Some events taking place during National Organic Week 2012 include:

• Thursday, 13th September from 10am - 4pm
Organic Apple Juicing Tasting and a Tour of the Heritage Apple Trees in the Organic Walled Garden
Sonairte Organic Walled Garden, Laytown, Co. Meath

• Thursday 13th September from 7-10pm
An Evening with Organic – bringing the consumer on a journey from organic production to retail and consumption featuring a specialist organic food retailer, a certified organic producer and an organic advocate. It will also include a film screening and tastings of regional organic produce will be supplied by the Organic Supermarket, Blackrock
Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1

• Friday 14th September from 5-8pm
Farm Cookery Demonstration, Food Tasting, Family Friendly Farm Walk and Organic Talk
Darren & Patrick Byrne Organics, Strifelands, The Hills, Balbriggan, Co Dublin.

• Saturday 15th September from 10.30am – 1pm
Organic Farm Open Day with Cookery Demonstration followed by a host of traditional skills including Organic Butter making, Apple Pressing, Bread Making, Basket Making, Demonstration of Apple Tree Planting, on site Killavullen Farmers Market supplying an array of tasty treats and organic produce
Nano Nagle Centre Cork

• Saturday 15th September @ 1.30-4pm
Farm Walk, Food Harvesting, Cookery Demonstration & Food Tastings
Castlefarm Shop, Kildare

• Saturday 15th September from 10am - 5.30pm
Tastings of St Tola and Mossfield Cheese & Special Veg from Sunny Meadow Organics and Philip Drapier all week
Country Choice, Nenagh, Co Tipperary

• Sunday 16th September 3- 7pm
Farm Shop Open Day with Cookery Demonstration featuring local Chef Michael Rath and Pig on Spit, Beef Dishes and Shop Display
Lough Owel Organic Farm, Tullaghan, Mullingar, Co Westmeath

• Sunday 16th September from 11am – 5pm
Brooklodge National Organic Week Market Celebrating National Organic Week Brooklodge Hotel, Macreddin Village, Wicklow

For further information on events taking place during National Organic Week and for a range of organic recipe suggestions visit www.bordbia.ie. To find out more information about organic farming visit www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmingsectors/organicfarming.
 




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