Congratulations to our winners at the BBC Food and Farming Awards

29 November 2012

The 2012 winners of the BBC Food and Farming Awards were announced on 28 November and organic was the big winner, with two Soil Association licensees taking away the most coveted awards.

Market sceneGrowing Communities in East London is winner of the Best Big Food Idea. A great example of an innovator who is improving the way good quality food is sourced and sold.

"Growing Communities is one of those extra special projects you wish existed in every town in the UK." says Roger Mortlock, Deputy Director of the Soil Association. "The project combines so much innovation in one initiative: it’s a farmer’s market, box scheme and urban food growing project in one. But it’s also rooted in the people who power it and participate in it.

"If ever there were the seed of an idea I’d like to plant everywhere, then this would be a strong contender."

Guy WatsonAnd Guy Watson of Riverford Organic Farms, is winner of BBC Farmer Of The Year. The category criteria being 'A farmer who has inspired, encouraged and risen to the challenge of sustainable farming in the 21st century.'

The Soil Association's Jim Twine says, “I have always thought that Riverford is as much a campaigning NGO as a farming business.

"Whilst their growth has often stolen the headlines Riverford is based on a core set of principles: producing food with a genuine care for the environment and an equally long-term commitment to the farmers and growers that have supported their expansion over the years.

"Above all, Guy has always been prepared to put his head above the parapet and stand up for what he really believes – from equity in trading relationships and concern over GM to being really honest with Riverford customers.

"There may be more deserving winners of Farmer of the Year – but if there is, I can’t think of them."

Congratulations also go to...

  • Mike Duckett for winning the Derek Cooper Award. This award celebrates an individual or team bringing about change in our relationship with food.  Mike uses organic food in hospital kitchens - find out more about his work at the Royal Brompton
  • Cross Lanes Organic Farm in County Durham for being a Finalist in The Radio 4 “You And Yours” Best Local Food Retailer award.
  • Henry Edmunds of Cholderton Estate, an organic farm in Wiltshire for being a Finalist BBC Farmer Of The Year.

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