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Managing volunteers at your community growing project

This month Tyfu Pobl teamed up with Swansea Community Farm‘s Volunteer and Training Officer Kate Gibbs to deliver a day of volunteer management training. Kate works with other 260 volunteers who provide more than 8,000 hours of their time each year to keep the farm running smoothly. Volunteers are a key component of the farm; without them the farm […]

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Study shows innovative new approach to farming has potential to thrive in Wales

Wales has all the ingredients for an innovative new approach to farming known as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to thrive, a new study from the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens has shown. The five month study looked at locations in every corner of Wales, from Monmouth to Wrexham, Bangor to Aberystwyth, to identify […]

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Welsh Government small-project funding – community growing questions answered

The Welsh Government, Directorate of Environment and Development are inviting applications for to their small-scale project funding stream, offering grants of £1,000 to £15,000. The deadline for applications is 11 September 2015, with the activity proposed needing to be completed by 31 March 2016. Download links: Welsh Government guidance notes for the Small Scale Project Funding […]

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Training – building a cob oven for your community growing project

This summer  Tyfu Pobl held a free two day training course at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, near Lampeter,  on how to build a cob oven.  As a result the farm now has a fully functioning and beautiful oven to add to their list of alternative technologies! Mara Morris, coordinator at Denmark Farm wanted to build a […]

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Weekend of inspiration at Tyfu Pobl All Wales Gathering 2015

This year’s Tyfu Pobl All Wales Gathering was the biggest yet, with over 80 delegates from all over Wales and beyond converging on the Centre For Alternative Technology, near Macynlleth, for a weekend of learning, sharing and celebrating. You can read summaries of all the weekend’s workshops below. Thank you to everyone who came and shared […]

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Restorative pruning training at Moelyci

On Saturday 9 May despite the exceedingly wet weather at Moelyci, near Bangor we all enjoyed Ian Sturrock’s session on Restorative Pruning. The cosy barn at Moelyci was warm and decorated with flowers which sheltered us from the elements while Ian explained the theory of pruning – why, when and how you do it.  Before […]

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Future is bright for The Oaks Garden Nursery

For those of you who haven’t yet had the pleasure of visiting The Oaks Garden Nursery it is run by local charity Vision 21 (Cyfle Cymru), who provide realistic work based opportunities and practical work experience for people with learning difficulties.  The Oaks is a social enterprise located in the Heath area of Cardiff, selling […]

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Community Supported Agriculture in Aberystwyth – do you want fresh, local, seasonal food?

Do you want fresh, local, season food in Aberystwyth? Come along to this open meeting to discuss the potential of a new Community Supported Agriculture in the Aberystwyth area. Community Supported Agriculture is a partnership between the producer and consumer; the farmer and the customer, which gives added security to the farmer and access to […]

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Earth Day, a day to be proud to be community growers

Blog post from Emma Williams, Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens Manager, Wales Today is Earth Day, a day when we’re all encouraged to take responsibility for our planet.  It’s great that we have these days in which we can all come together to take action and consider what we could do or change to […]

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Tyfu Pobl Mid Wales Skill Share not eclipsed by… eclipse

This is a guest blog post from Louise Cartwright, FCFCG Mid Wales Development Worker. This years’ Mid Wales Gathering took place at Ashfield Community Enterprise Ltd (ACE), a socially inclusive project growing local food and focusing on healthy living in Howey, Mid Wales. As one of our longest standing members and a hub for community […]

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