Yesterday (22 June 2017) Food for Life rubbed shoulders with Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall, Monty Don and of HRH the Prince of Wales as we celebrated 70 years of the Soil Association at a star studded event in London.
Joining us to fly the flag for Food for Life was Northbury Primary School, who are currently working towards their Gold School Award. They were one of the first to welcome Prince Charles as they took part in a growing workshop, run by Local Programme Manager Carrie Bewick and Communications Officer Jess Pennock. As they planted seeds including baby pak choi and pea shoots, Prince Charles asked them: ‘Do you eat your vegetables?’ ‘Yes,’ the children chorused.
The children then went on to explain to Prince Charles about their Food for Life work, including how they grow their own produce and have school chickens which lay eggs for them to use in their cooking activities.
HRH Prince Charles then accepted a lifetime achievement for services to organic farming award with a speech. He looked back to where we began: "The foundation of the Soil Association is inspired by a small group of extraordinary individuals that understood the indivisibility of the food we produce, and the health of our soils, plants animals and people". But he also looked towards the future, which poses both threats and opportunities, saying that he looks forward to seeing what the Soil Association achieves in the next 70 years.
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