A project led by the Soil Association seeking British ‘food pioneers’ has been awarded £25,000 by The Prince’s Countryside Fund.
The Soil Association project aims to develop opportunities for young people seeking a career in horticulture. Skilled applicants engage with some of Britain’s largest organic producers, enabling them to share knowledge and invent fresh ideas.
Helen Browning, CEO of Soil Association said: “We are thrilled to be given this opportunity to test a new way of getting determined, skilled and enthusiastic young people into careers in horticulture. The slightly larger, more commercial organic growers have also recognised a need for a pilot like this and are keen to offer these placements and career paths. Working with these businesses can not only provide a sustainable income for young people, but also ensure they feel they are making a difference to the world, something we know is really important to them.”
The Prince’s Countryside Fund is in its 6th year of helping distribute over £6.7 million in grants and funding, benefitting more than 210,000 people who live and work in rural areas. This particular grant forms part of a £557,418 investment into rural projects, ranging from digital exclusion to declining countryside industries.