The Isles of Scilly Farmers’ and Growers’ Initiative has recently employed a Local Food Champion to help promote Scilly produce.
The Local Food Champion’s role is to understand Scilly’s food industry, to provide support for local farmers, producers and growers, and to also encourage local residents and visitors to think more about purchasing local produce. For example, work has recently been carried out in developing a revised Local Food Directory. This aims to promote local produce outlets, so that residents and visitors can easily source products from Scilly.
Issy Tibbs, Local Food Champion says, ‘There are important links between local food and the Scilly visitor experience. It is well understood that visitors to Scilly love to purchase local produce where they can. It adds enormous value to their holiday experience. They really want to taste all of what Scilly has to offer’.
Food and farming is also integral to the AONB landscape, for example, in conserving and enhancing the natural environment, adding value to the tourism offer, helping to create sustainable communities and encouraging a sustainable green economy.
You can find out more about Scilly’s Local Produce by following Scilly Food on Twitter @FoodScilly and on Facebook.