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FCFCG April Newsletter

Newsletter April 2015 Cylchlythyr Ebrill 2015

Welcome to the April edition of our newsletter
Croeso i'r rhifyn Ebrill o ein cylchlythyr
In this edition:  
> Tyfu Pobl News
> General
> Funding
> Mid Wales
> North Wales
> South East Wales
> South West Wales
Yn y rhifyn hwn:  
> Newyddion Tyfu Pobl
> Cyffredinol
> Cyllid
> Canolbarth Cymru
> Gogledd Cymru
> De Ddwyrain Cymru
> De Orllewin Cymru
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Tyfu Pobl All Wales Gathering 2015
To celebrate the achievements of the community growing movement in Wales and to strengthen our network for the future, Tyfu Pobl would like to invite you to Wales’ biggest ever festival for community growers - the Tyfu Pobl All-Wales Gathering 2015.
For one weekend only the Centre of Alternative Technology in Machynlleth will be taken over by all things community growing, with over 20 inspiring workshops and demonstrations led by community growers, experts and pioneers from across Wales and beyond, plus lots of opportunities to share, celebrate and feast together.
Tyfu Pobl training and events
We have lots of exciting (and FREE!) training and events coming up in April and May.
On 25 April join our study tour to the inspirational Incredible Edible Todmorden, where the Incredible Edible movement all began in 2008. If you’ve just started a growing project, would like to involve the community or just want to learn more, sign up and be inspired!
Also on the 25 April, Swansea community growers are invited to join the Swansea Community Growing Network Gathering at Spring Mills Community Garden in Penclawdd. There will be hands on workshops, talks networking opportunities, a visit to Spring Mills and a lovely locally sourced lunch!
On 9 May, West Wales’ community growers are invited to get together for the South West Wales Skill Sharing event at Cardigan Castle. If you’re interested in engaging with food production in Carmarthenshire, learning new skills, getting involved in the community growing movement or just having a nosey around the Castle, this is the gathering for you!
Also on 9 May we are running a Restorative Fruit Tree Pruning training day at Moelyci Environmental Centre, near Bangor. The day will give you practical pruning experience on older and younger trees and learn how to bring neglected trees back to health and productivity under the tuition of fruit tree expert Ian Sturrock.
On 12 May, join our ‘Selling yourself’ marketing training day in Newtown, which will provide you with the tools to sell your organisation to potential volunteers, funders and customers through a variety of workshops and interactive sessions.
And finally on 14 May, join our North Wales Travel Bursary trip to Farm Start and Hulme Community Garden. We will be travelling to these inspiring projects from North Wales, with pick up points at Bangor, Conwy, Northop and Wrexham.
FCFCG Community Support Agriculture scoping study update
The FCFCG commissioned scoping study to explore the potential of new CSA projects in Wales has now moved into its third phase, working in Wrexham, Aberystwyth, Conwy, Bangor, Swansea, Cardiff, Abergavenny, Monmouth & Caldicot.
Work is now under way in these areas with partners in local authorities as well as with community groups, land owners & growers, with the first community consultation meeting to be held in Aberystwyth on May 7.  There are also plans to work with farming groups over the next couple of months to help raise the profile and understanding of CSA within the farming community. Plans are well progressed in the study areas, with the focus on some, including Cardiff and Wrexham,  on identifying suitable land.
Overall the study is producing some very positive results, showing that potential across Wales for Community Supported Agriculture - given time & resources - is significant. 
If you know of some land that might be suitable, know of enthusiastic and skilled growers/farmers or people within a community who can really make something happen, then please do contact Jane Clough on 07570 097787 [email protected]
Cardiff becomes one of first Sustainable Food Cities in UK
In March, Cardiff became one of just four cities in the UK to be awarded Sustainable Food City status. A huge well done to Food Cardiff for their incredible hard work in achieving this milestone on the road to making healthy affordable food available to all in Cardiff and beyond. The award recognises not only the achievements of policy makers and the organisations within Food Cardiff Council, but also of the city’s grass roots food movement which promotes healthy, local and sustainably sourced food for all.
Take the #PumpkinChallenge
The sustainability charity Hubbub is launching the #PumpkinChallenge to squash food waste this Halloween. 18,000 tonnes of pumpkin are currently sent to landfill each year in the UK. In 2014 Hubbub successfully reduced waste at the Oxford Pumpkin Festival and they’re now looking for 15 towns or cities to sign up for 2015 with the aim of cutting food waste by 50 tonnes and giving 30,000 people the chance to do good, meet others and learn new skills. 
If you want to join the festive fight to squash food waste, contact Hubbub at [email protected].
Growing the Future courses
Growing the Future’s practical and very reasonably priced courses are held all over Wales and cover a range of growing topics, from growing unusual vegetables to an introduction to natural beekeeping. Check out their website to find details of what’s on near you.
Community hops projects
Cardiff Hops is a community growing project which sees hops planted in Cardiffians’ gardens across the city now entering its third growing season. When the hops are harvested, they’re passed over to local micro-brewery Pipes, who brew them into ‘Taff Temptress’, a green hop ale and very Cardiff beer in every sense. With over 140 growers so far, Cardiff Hops and Pipes hope to brew 1,000 litres of Taff Temptress in 2015.
If you want to start up your own community hops scheme or join the Cardiff Hops project contact [email protected]. Cardiff Hops can share their whole project setup and support resources to help you get started.
Morgan Parry Environmental Learning Fund
Morgan Parry, our late colleague here at the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, was an inspirational advocate for a sustainable Wales. He campaigned throughout his life for the sustainable use and equitable distribution of natural resources, and now a fund has been set up in his name to help people to learn to create the change we need to live within our means.
Dulverton Trust Fund
Deadline for applications 5pm, 30 April 2015: The Dulverton Trust Fund offers grants of £500 to £5,000 awarded to small charities and organisations normally with an annual income of under £200,000. These grants support the following themes: Youth Opportunities, General Welfare, Conservation and Preservation
There are a wide ranging eligibility criteria, but you can fill in aneligibility criteria quiz on the Dulverton Trust website to see if you are eligible to make an application.
£1,000 to £25,000 from Aviva Community Fund
Deadline for applications 24 April 2015: The Aviva Community Fund can provide grants of up to £1,000, £5,000, £10,000 and £25,000 in the following categories: health, disability, and wellbeing; supporting the younger generation; supporting the older generation; community support.
Projects that successfully apply are opened to a public vote to see who receives the grants.
Jewson £100,000 funding for communities – deadline approaching
A reminder that the Jewson Building Better Communities fund, which awards funding between £1,000 and £50,000 to community projects, closes on 12 April 2015.
If you’d like any support with any of these funding opportunities or funding in general, even if it’s just a proof read of your application before you send it off, please contact [email protected]or [email protected] with a reasonable lead in time prior to the application deadline.

Go to the Tyfu Pobl blog to read the latest news from North Walesand to find out about the wide range of fantastic events at community growing projects in your area including ....
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Go to the Tyfu Pobl blog to read the latest news from South West Wales and to find out about the wide range of fantastic events at community growing projects in your area including ....

Cynulliad Cymru Gyfan Tyfu Pobl 2015
I ddathlu cyflawniadau’r mudiad tyfu cymunedol yng Nghymru, ac i gryfhau ein rhwydwaith ar gyfer y dyfodol, hoffai Tyfu Pobl eich gwahodd chi i’r ŵyl fwyaf erioed yng Nghymru ar gyfer tyfwyr cymunedol – Cynulliad Cymru Gyfan Tyfu Pobl 2015.
Am un penwythnos yn unig, bydd Canolfan y Dechnoleg Amgen ym Machynlleth yn canolbwyntio ar bopeth sy’n ymwneud â thyfu cymunedol; cynhelir dros 20 o weithdai ac arddangosiadau dan arweiniad tyfwyr cymunedol, arbenigwyr ac arloeswyr o bob cwr o Gymru a thu hwnt, a bydd llawer o gyfleoedd i rannu, dathlu a gwledda gyda’ch gilydd.
Hyfforddiant a digwyddiadau Tyfu Pobl
Byddwn yn cynnal llawer o gyrsiau hyfforddi a digwyddiadau cyffrous (a RHAD AC AM DDIM!) ym mis Ebrill a mis Mai.
Ar 25 Ebrill, ymunwch â’n taith astudio i brosiect ysbrydoledigIncredible Edible Todmorden, lle dechreuodd y mudiad Incredible Edible yn 2008. Os ydych chi newydd ddechrau prosiect tyfu, eisiau cynnwys y gymuned neu eisiau dysgu mwy, cofrestrwch i gael eich ysbrydoli!
Hefyd, ar 25 Ebrill, gwahoddir tyfwyr cymunedol Abertawe i ymuno â Chynulliad Rhwydwaith Tyfu Cymunedol Abertawe yng Ngardd Gymunedol Spring Mills ym Mhenclawdd. Cynhelir gweithdai ymarferol, sgyrsiau, cyfleoedd rhwydweithio, ymweliad â Spring Mills a chinio hyfryd o fwydydd lleol!
Ar 9 Mai, gwahoddir tyfwyr cymunedol gorllewin Cymru i ddod at ei gilydd ar gyfer digwyddiad Rhannu Sgiliau De-orllewin Cymruyng Nghastell Aberteifi.
Hefyd, ar 9 Mai, byddwn yn cynnal diwrnod hyfforddi Tocio Coed Ffrwythau Adferol yng Nghanolfan Amgylcheddol Moelyci, ger Bangor. Bydd y diwrnod yn rhoi profiad tocio ymarferol i chi ar goed hŷn ac iau, a byddwch yn dysgu sut i wneud coed sydd wedi cael eu hesgeuluso yn iach a chynhyrchiol eto, o dan hyfforddiant yr arbenigwr coed ffrwythau lleol, Ian Sturrock.
Ar 12 Mai, ymunwch yn ein diwrnod hyfforddi marchnata ‘Gwerthu eich hun’ yn y Drenewydd, a fydd yn rhoi i chi’r offer sydd eu hangen arnoch i werthu eich sefydliad i ddarpar wirfoddolwyr, arianwyr a chwsmeriaid, trwy amrywiaeth o weithdai a sesiynau rhyngweithiol.  
Yn olaf, ar 

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