Book your place at Wales' biggest festival of community growing
Tickets are selling fast for this year’s Tyfu Pobl All Wales Gathering, set to be the biggest festival of community growing Wales has ever seen!
From 12-14 June, the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth will be taken over by all things community growing, with over 20 workshops, talks and demonstrations as well as film, music, dancing and a chance to meet fellow community growers from across Wales.
A full weekend ticket is £25 with dormitory accommodation or £15 with camping pitch.
For more details and to see the full programme, visit the FCFCG website.
Free Tyfu Pobl marketing training event, May 12
There are still a final few places available at the Selling Yourself! Marketing training day on 12 May at Cwm Harry in Newtown. The day will provide you with the tools to sell your organisation to potential volunteers, funders and customers, and includes sessions on writing your elevator pitch, working with business and selling your produce, as well as a tour of the impressive Cwm Harry site.
For more information and to book your place, visit the FCFCG website.
Free study tour to Farm Start and Hulme Community Garden, 14 May
Join our North Wales Travel Bursary trip to Farm Start and Hulme Community Garden on 14 May. We will be travelling to these inspiring projects from North Wales, with pick up points at Bangor, Conwy, Northop and Wrexham.
To find out more and book your place, visit the FCFCG website.
FCFCG Community Support Agriculture scoping study update
The scoping study to explore the potential of new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) projects in Wales has now moved into its final phase. A community open meeting is taking place in Aberystwyth on May 14 and after distributing information throughout the town and parking a tractor with leaflet distribution we are hoping for a good turnout.
In Abergavenny, the Incredible Edible team are working on gaining community interest whilst working with the local authority to identify some suitable land.
Several land options are being pursued in Cardiff in partnership with Food Cardiff and Cardiff Council and social media has thrown up a huge amount of interest, while plans are progressing for new CSA projects near Monmouth and in Caldicot.
A key element in setting up a new CSA is the question of governance and how to establish the most appropriate legal framework and management structure. To help new and existing CSAs, a Governance Workshop is being held on Saturday 30 May. Places are still available for this workshop which will also include a short session on start up funding.
Overall the study is producing some very positive results, showing that potential across Wales, for Community Supported Agriculture, given time & resources is significant.
The study is continuing to collect information on any other potential CSA schemes to include within the final report. 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]
Future looks bright for The Oaks Garden Nursery
Great news for The Oaks Garden Nursery in Cardiff, a social enterprise run by charity Vision 21 to provide realistic work based opportunities and practical work experience for people with learning difficulties. Last autumn, Cardiff Council transferred ownership of a Victorian house ‘The Lodge’ at the front of the site to The Oaks, providing them with a lasting home and replacement for the portakabin they had been using to meet in and store their tools, which had suffered several break-ins over the last two years.
The Lodge was in desperate need of a facelift, and thanks to the huge generosity of local volunteers and businesses, it has been given much needed tlc allowing staff and users to move in in April this year. Plans for the future now include installing new herbaceous border and trainees have been designing a new wildlife garden and learning about what plants can be used to attract butterflies and birds!
Find out more about the new facilities and Vision 21 on the Tyfu Pobl blog.
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.
Can you help a project looking for plants, grow bags and compost?
Smooth Start Plus, an organisation working with disabled teenagers in Marshfield, Newport, are looking for donations of fruit and vegetable plants/seeds, grow bags and compost to help them create a sensory garden, to be built by the children who use the service.
If you can help at all, please contact Sam Holt, FCFCG South East Wales Development Worker at [email protected]
Swansea Community Farm looking for a gardening trainer
Swansea Community Farm are seeking a qualified and experienced gardening trainer with a focus on organic food growing to oversee the farm’s Grow Local Project, helping local people gain skills, confidence and qualifications in food growing on the farm’s allotments.
For more information about role and to download a copy of the application pack, visit the Swansea Community Farm website.
Fantastic opportunity for a grower to take on an established vegetable farming business in Pembrokeshire
Around 13 hectares of land near Haverfordwest are available for horticultural crop rotation on an open-field scale, for which a five-year tenancy would be available to the suitable candidate, as well as full use of the farm’s equipment and machinery, a building and office, two polytunnels ready to be set up, and a poultry house for around 300 laying hens.
The current owner has successfully grown potatoes and other field vegetables for nearly 25 years, but is looking to take a step back and find someone with the passion and drive to take the business forwards.
Find out more
Network Rail volunteers available for projects in South East Wales
Six Network Rail staff members in South East Wales are looking for opportunities to volunteer for a community growing project as part of their Community Scheme. If you would appreciate a day’s help from some strong railwaymen and women, contact Sam Holt, South East Wales Development Worker at [email protected]
Community project funding available in Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Bridgend and Ceredigion
The People’s Health Trust, Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations with an income of less than £350,000 or average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years.
The projects need to be:
- Be designed and led by local people
- Create stronger connections between people
- Be seeking funding of between £5,000 and £25,000 a year
- Last for between twelve months and two years
- Be small and local, for example, a few streets, a small village or be a community of interest, experiencing social and economic disadvantage
- Be in one or more of our fundable neighbourhoods
It is a two stage application process over a six week period that begins with a short online form. There is step-by-step guidance to help you along the way but if you need any support, please call them on 020 7697 4021.
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]with a reasonable lead in time prior to the application deadline.
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