Archive for the 'Food' Category

CI Co-operative Society Plan Bee launched at Castel Primary School

June 7th, 2013 by The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited

Castel Primary School pupils planting wildflower seeds to launch Plan Bee with the Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited (click image to expand - image courtesy of the Channel Islands Co-operative Society Ltd)

Castel Primary School pupils planted bee friendly wildflower seeds to launch the Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited Plan Bee (click image to expand – image courtesy of The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Ltd)

The Channel Islands Co-operative Society has launched its Plan Bee project in the Channel Islands at Castel Primary School, following the success of the initiative in 2012.

Colin Macleod, The Channel Islands Co-operative Society’s Chief Executive, and Geraldine Silk, of the Guernsey Bee Keepers’ Association, joined pupils at Castel Primary School to educate them on the plight of the honeybee, and to plant wildflower seeds to encourage bees into the school’s outdoor woodland classroom.

The initiative was set up to help, support and expand the Channel Islands’ struggling bee population. Continue reading

Waitrose speaks to Forest School pupils about benefits of healthy diet

May 30th, 2013 by Waitrose

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Allyson Walker with year six students from the Forest Primary School learning about healthy eating (click image to expand)

On 17 May 2013, Allyson Walker, personnel manager of Waitrose Rohais, talked to students in year five and six at the Forest Primary School about the benefits of healthy eating.

Mrs Walker was one of nearly 1,000 Waitrose Partners to promote healthy eating in schools to almost 15,000 pupils throughout the British Isles to mark the UK’s biggest day of volunteering, the Business in the Community (BITC) Give & Gain Day.

The initiative is part of the Waitrose Partner Volunteering Programme which will see 11,000 full working weeks donated to local causes across the UK and Channel Islands by 2017.

Allyson Walker, personnel manager at Waitrose Rohais, said “I really enjoy going into schools to talk to students about healthy eating and educating them about nutrition.”

“It was encouraging to see how much they knew about the food groups already and for children of their age it’s vital for their growth that they’re eating a variety of all the food types – as I tell students, they should be eating a rainbow of food.”


Thebestof Guernsey promotes Buy Local Week from 3 to 7 June 2013

May 22nd, 2013 by Events

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(click logo to go to the best of Guernsey website)

Buying Guernsey produced products and services is good for the local economy, and is a message that marketing company thebestof Guernsey has been promoting as part of a national drive with an ongoing Buy Local campaign.

Many local businesses and people already actively support this campaign by displaying ‘Buy Local’ stickers in their shops, offices, cars and even on packaging.

To enhance these initiatives, Buy Local Week is being launched in June 2013 to support the current drive and encourage islanders to choose local business first. Continue reading

Waitrose helps Guernsey’s primary school children grow and sell food

May 12th, 2013 by Waitrose

Waitrose ‘Grow and Sell’ initiative aims to encourage seven to eleven year old children across the UK and Channel Islands to grow their own produce and sell it to Waitrose customers.

The initiative, in association with the Waitrose farm on the Leckford Estate, aims to inspire over 100,000 children to grow their own produce during the summer months.

The children will learn more about where food comes from, the impact of seasons and develop entrepreneurial skills by selling their food directly to shoppers.

Waitrose Admiral Park and Waitrose Rohais will work with four local primary schools each, including Amherst, La Houguette, Le Rondin, St Andrew’s, St Mary and St Michael, Forest, Vauvert and Vale School. Continue reading

Jersey in Transition permaculture workshop on 20 and 21 April 2013

April 5th, 2013 by Nigel Jones

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Jersey in Transition have organised a Permaculture Weekend Workshop on 20 and 21 April 2013.

The educational workshop spills over to Monday 22 April 2013 with tours of some of Jersey’s gardens and farms. The workshop takes place at Frances Le Sueur Centre, Five Mile Road, La Mielle de Morville, St Ouen, Jersey. Continue reading

Floral Guernsey’s Spring Festival Week begins on 20 April 2013

March 31st, 2013 by Floral Guernsey

Floral Guernsey’s Spring Festival Week returns on Saturday 20 April 2013 with a diverse programme of events running throughout the island until Monday 29 April.

The initiative, aimed at all gardeners and budding botanists, features a number of guided walks, open gardens and talks from experts including award-winning landscape designer Cleve West, who will deliver an RHS Growing for Success talk, ‘From Spuds to Chelsea’, at Les Cotils, St Peter Port, Guernsey on Wednesday 24 April 2013.

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(Cleve West, former long jumper, passionate vegetable grower, and one of Britain’s leading garden designers after winning the top award at RHS show two years in a row, will give a presentation at Les Cotils on 24 April (click image to expand – image courtesy of Floral Guernsey)

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C.I. Co-operative Society Fairtrade product sales continue to grow

March 3rd, 2013 by The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited

Fairtrade bananas (click image to expand - image courtesy of the Channel Islands Co-operative Society Ltd.)

Fairtrade bananas (click image to expand – image courtesy of the Channel Islands Co-operative Society Ltd.)

The Channel Islands Co-operative Society‘s sales of Fairtrade products have reached £2.5 million as existing products continue to sell well and more products and manufacturers achieve Fairtrade status.

Mark Cox, the Society’s chief operating officer, said that this demonstrates the continuing appeal of Fairtrade products to consumers, despite the economic downturn and squeeze on household spending.

“These tough economic times are making shoppers think carefully about how and where they spend their money and value is important.”

“Some people think Fairtrade means more expensive but in a lot of cases that isn’t true and they are actually very competitively priced. Our customers can also see the benefits of buying Fairtrade and the ethical difference it can make in ensuring a fair price is paid to suppliers around the world,” he said. Continue reading

WWF-UK and Food Ethics Council report on valuing the meat we eat

February 14th, 2013 by WWF

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The WWF-UK and the Food Ethics Council have published a report that examines whether reducing meat consumption, and instead placing greater value on the meat we consume, could potentially be beneficial for people’s health, the environment, and for producers and consumers.

High meat consumption is associated with a number of factors related to important challenges facing the global food system, including climate change, obesity, water scarcity, land use change, global poverty and inequality.

Yet a simple ‘eat less meat’ message is controversial and overly simplistic.

Producers and primary processors raise legitimate concerns about impacts of reduced meat production on their businesses, and politicians remain wary of industry and public reactions to the message. Continue reading

Cheap food isn’t to throw away

February 9th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Seeing destitute people at Victoria Station in London rushing by outdoor tables of eateries and snatching disposable plates of leftover food abandoned by paying customers is a reminder of how many people are perpetually hungry. Many of us take food for granted.

About one third of the weight of Guernsey’s household waste is made up of food waste. Some of this weight is vegetable peelings but much of the weight is food that has spoiled.

Guernsey’s household food waste is currently left out on the street for collection largely in black bags where it is vulnerable to gull and cat attack. These animals rip open the bags in search of food and leave a mess on the pavement, which is time consuming to clean up.

A gull rummaging through household waste on Pedvin Street, St Peter Port on 7 May 2012 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

This problem is heightened during the longer daylight hours of spring and summer when gulls raise their young.

The cost to dispose of household food waste at the Mont Cuet landfill in 2013 is over £152 per tonne, which adds up to a total Continue reading

Guernsey smallholders AGM at St Margaret’s Lodge 19 February 2013

February 3rd, 2013 by Guernsey Smallholders

The Guernsey Smallholders Association AGM will begin at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 19 February 2013 at St Margaret’s Lodge Hotel.

All current committee members are up for election.

Sarah Brouard feeds her flock of chickens on her smallholding (click image to expand ©RLLord)