The Tyfu Pobl team are employed by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens to support communities in Wales to grow through the sharing of knowledge, experiences, good practice and lessons learnt.
Emma Williams, Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens Wales Manager
“I got involved in community growing as a volunteer at Riverside Community Garden. I benefitted so much from that experience, gaining skills, confidence, knowledge, strength and bag after bag of fresh and delicious produce that we’d grown as a group, that I wanted to help make these opportunities available to everyone. I started working for FCFCG in 2009 and was the South East Wales Development Worker between 2011 and 2014. I have now been appointed the Wales Manager with responsibility for both our Tyfu Pobl and Community Land Advisory Service Cymru programmes. I’m relishing the challenges of delivering our current programmes and starting to create a future programme that will help strengthen and expand community growing in Wales.
“In my spare time I grow fruit and veg, make jam and play at sculpting figures from the rich seam of clay I have running through my back garden, it can be difficult to grow on so I’m trying to make the best of it!”
Louise Cartwright, Mid Wales Development Worker
“I joined the FCFCG in June 2013 as Mid Wales Development Worker to support community groups across Mid Wales to come together to grow, farm and garden.
“Before working for FCFCG, I worked as the LAND Network Coordinator at the Permaculture Association, a national charity that supports people to learn about and use permaculture, and as a grower for Kippax Community Supported Agriculture, a vegetable box scheme providing organically grown veggies to local people, which I set up with my partner.
“In my spare time I enjoy growing a plethora of produce, foraging for wild food and pedaling for the planet!”
“I joined the FCFCG in June 2011 at the beginning of the Tyfu Pobl programme. Previous jobs include environmental education for the forestry commission, running a growing project for positive mental health and running a 60 piece improvisational youth orchestra. I feel really strongly that connection with nature through growing is key to our health and happiness, and also essential for building a sustainable future. For me this is truly meaningful work, which is fantastic. In my spare time I play fiddle in a European dance band, and am attempting to set up a co-housing project with some friends. I have an amazing six year old son who reminds me constantly not to take life too seriously!”
“I joined the Fed in June 2011 as the South West Wales Development Worker supporting community growers in Pembrokeshire, Swansea, Carmarthenshire and South Ceredigion. I also support the development of the community supported agriculture (CSA) movement across Wales.
“I have previously worked in community development in Pembrokeshire and before that in Peru supporting a charity with their work to safeguard indigenous autonomy in the Andes mountains.
“Outside of work, I enjoy spending time at my local Community Supported Agriculture site in St Davids (COCA), wild swimming and I’m also a part time baker, experimenting with growing my own wheat.”
“I joined FCFCG as South East Development Officer December 2014 having been involved in community growing projects in Cardiff and Mid Wales over the last 6 years. Since 2012 I have managed Riverside Community Garden, which this year (2014) celebrated its 10th birthday. I am a huge believer in the power of community growing and have engaged with international projects in Czech Republic and spoken at international conferences on micro enterprise and community mapping tools. I am also active member of Food Cardiff – Cardiff’s sustainable food council.
“In my spare time I am known as Sam Sam the Chicken Man as I run a business called EggSeeds, providing outdoor education to schools and groups from hatching projects to starting up and running growing projects.”
Moishe Merry, Community Enterprise and Funding Advisor
“I come from a community regeneration and environmental education background, and have been working in the voluntary sector for the last 15 years in Wales across a variety of roles. My most recent was the Awakening Rural Capital Project at my local Voluntary Sector Council in Carmarthen.
“My love of my local area sees me often being roped into various community projects in my own time as well!
“I live in West Wales and love the local landscape, and enjoy getting my family outdoors in all weathers. I love wild beaches, photography, gardening, making bonfires and enjoying food with friends. I’m eagerly anticipating the arrival of two donkeys from the Donkey Sanctuary, to help me sort my wood pile out.”
“My background is in environmental community development and supporting social enterprises. I’ve previously worked for Sustrans, a placement at the Soil Association, and at an environmental builder’s merchant. I also worked as a Development Officer for Cylch, the Wales Community Recycling Network, providing training, funding and business support in North Wales. I wrote the business plan and successfully obtained funding for Wales’ first FareShare on behalf of a successful social enterprise called Crest.
“I don’t have much spare time with a toddler but I love wild swimming, cycling & trying to grow!”
“I’ve worked for FCFCG since the start of the Tyfu Pobl programme in May 2011. My role as Wales Administrator is to provide support for the ‘Fed’s’ ‘back office’ operations in Wales. I really enjoy the variety of my role and working with people who are passionate about community growing.
“Outside of work, I’m a huge film and music fan. I play flute, piano, ukulele and saxophone, and am also involved in a national organisation for the promotion of amateur musicians.”
“I joined the FCFCG team in September 2014 as Wales Communications Worker to support the Tyfu Pobl network and raise the profile of the organisation and the community growing movement in Wales.
“Before this role, I worked in digital communications at Royal Voluntary Service, a national charity supporting older people, and at The Cardiff Story, a social history museum all the about the city of my birth.
“In my spare time I enjoy cycling, football, travelling and curry, ideally all at the same time.”
The Community Land Advisory Service in Wales (CLAS Cymru) is also managed by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG) and works to help landowners understand the opportunities of working with community groups and iron out any apprehensions and problems.
“As a chartered town planner I previously worked in local government and in the private sector before becoming the CLAS Cymru Coordinator in June 2013. My role primarily involves working with local authorities and other major landowners to encourage the release of land for communities to grow local food. I also provide planning advice to community groups and work to raise the profile of community growing to decision makers.
“I believe a local food supply will be critical to achieving resilient communities here in Wales and that adaptation will soon be essential to our daily lives given the pace of climate change and peak oil production.
“In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog up mountains and eating local food in some of Cardiff’s great restaurants.”
“I joined CLAS Cymru in July 2013 as a Community Land Advisor. As part of my role I help provide impartial advice to both landowners and community groups on issues surrounding access to land.
“Before joining the CLAS Cymru I worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, providing land agency advice on acquiring land for nature reserves and then estate management advice on leases, licences and other regulations that apply to land management.
“I enjoy being outdoors both on foot, on a bike or on a horse. Any horticultural tips are much appreciated, to help with my second year on my allotment!”