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Hexham, Northumberland, United Kingdom, 2006/11/10 - Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Kielder Organic Meats today and were introduced to their namesakes, 2 organic Aberdeen Angus cattle named after the Royal couple on the occasion of their wedding in 2005.
The Royal couple were given a tour of parts of Dunterley Farm and its Farmshop then took tea and sampled some of the farms organic meats, which included the Princes’ favourite – organic mutton, in the farmhouse kitchen.
Colin and Michelle Anderson have been changing to be fully organic over the last four years. The organic process is now complete with full Soil Association approval. Since becoming fully organic Dunterley has been a runaway success.
This is already their second meeting with the Royal Family. Earlier in the year they were invited with their daughter, Tracy, to a garden party at Buckingham Palace and were specially selected to meet with Prince Philip and Prince Edward and had a lengthy conversation with them about the way they farm.
Dunterley’s Farm Shop is situated in the farmyard, selling the farm’s own organic lamb, beef, pork and eggs alongside locally grown vegetables and local produce. Works on a bakery and coffee shop on the farm will start in 2007. Visitors will be able to see a working farm in operation as they sip coffee and buy their produce. Colin and Michelle are great believers in letting their customers see how all the food is produced and always happy to let people have a trip around the farm.
Jamie Oliver has been a huge influence on the couple who are now organising school visits to the farm to enable urban children to see just where healthy food comes from. A plan to send food to the urban schools, for the pupils to cook and serve to their teachers and parents, is underway. As Colin and Michelle say “We are happy to invest in these kids as we see them as our future customers”.
As Colin and Michelle tend to the livestock they have observed that they are also helping to protect wildlife habitats - now they see twice as many song birds, curlews, lapwings and grouse sharing the pastures with their stock. They feed the animals food grown on their own land, peas barley and oats - all completely natural.
Kielder Organic Meats (kielderorganicmeats.co.uk) is owned and operated by Colin and Michelle Anderson, their farm, Dunterley, is situated at Dunterley, Bellingham, Northumberland, nestling in the North Tyne Valley where the livestock grazes around the very picturesque Kielder Water and on the banks of the Tyne. Kielder was named as one of the least polluted areas in the country by Country Life Magazine, which assessed the impact of air, noise and light pollution.