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.
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.
FCFCG Community Support Agriculture scoping study update
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
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
£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
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.