Jamie Oliver Supports Local Food Initiative
By admin on July 17, 2010 in Food
Celebrity chef and food campaigner Jamie Oliver has got behind a new health initiative in the region. The North East Food Discovery project – affectionately known as “Wor Lotty” – has been setup with the aim of educating kids and communities about nutrition through farm visits, food growing, cook and eat sessions and talks from local producers.
The grow-and-eat project run by Newcastle-based food charity East End Health and the Country Trust, will offer pupils from 18 local schools and their families the chance to grow and produce their own food and learn about seasonality, organics and the food heritage of the North East.
Overseen by Laura Wallace and Joanna Lacey, in recent weeks the east-end allotment has been transformed from an overgrown patch of grass into a working space for the local community. Wallace says though that despite their best efforts, they are always keen to hear from local gardening clubs, allotment groups, or individuals who may be able to offer support or practical help.
It’s a good job, then, that Jamie Oliver has stepped in to pledge his support to the project. Look out for our exclusive interview with the chef next week in which we talk about summer diets, food campaigning and health in the north east…