Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT -

PRO­DUCED in Kent is a mar­ket­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion set up to raise aware­ness of Fair­trade for farm­ers and pro­duc­ers in Kent. Peo­ple in Ash­ford are be­ing urged to use farm­ers mar­kets, in­de­pen­dent stores and farm­ers shops to sup­port the lo­cal econ­omy and save rural jobs and busi­nesses. Many small busi­nesses in the Ash­ford area strug­gle to sur­vive and of­ten rely on out­side sup­port, as demon­strated by Poul­ton Wood Works. Lynn Cooke, of Poul­ton Wood, said: “Any­one try­ing to make a liv­ing from a small piece of land will have dif­fi­culty with com­pet­i­tive pric­ing and the un­der­stand­ing and sup­port of con­sumers counts for a lot. “Poul­ton Wood Na­ture Re­serve is owned and sup­ported by Can­ter­bury Oast Trust and if we had to rely on the small amount of money made from the sale of our prod­ucts we would not be able to op­er­ate.” Sim­ply Ice Creams, The Chilli Bite, and the Coop are all ex­am­ples of busi­nesses who ac­tively sup­port Kent pro­duc­ers and have been of­fer­ing free tast­ings at var­i­ous venues through­out Fair­trade Fort­night. Visit www.pro­ducedinkent.co.uk for more in­for­ma­tion

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