Supporting communities in Wales to grow
A new programme to help people set up and manage growing schemes in their communities has been launched across Wales by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens funded by the Welsh Government. Called Tyfu Pobl (Growing People), the 3 year programme will support a variety of schemes, including Community Supported Agriculture schemes, community gardens, community orchards etc. For more information: http://www.farmgarden.org.uk/farms-gardens/your-region/wales/831-new-fcfcg
FlintShare is a community run co-operative based in Flintshire, North Wales,which provides members with the opportunity to help produce their own food.
Community Forest Farm, Abergavenny
On March 1 Llwyn Ffranc, a farm in the Black Mountains, is launching a community share offer for £132,600 to buy 63 acres of woodland and farmland and create a biodynamic farm connecting people to land, food and forest. The website is www.communityforestfarm.co.uk,
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Caerhys Organic CSA
Organic farm Caerhys Organic have formed a community project on their farm at Caerhys with the support of the community in the St Davids area. The main objective of this project involves families buying a share in the farm plus paying a weekly fee for a share of the vegetables produced as a community cooporative on the farm . This has all the ethics and principles of being sustainable on all avenues – sourcing local food, organic vegetables on a weekly bases, no packaging, no food miles, supporting local agriculture, without supermarket intervention, creating local employment, bonding the community and the farmer in one vision: organic food. Contact Gerald Miles, E: email@example.com
Mike is establishing and converting a four acre market garden and wants to develop a CSA type scheme.
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Cwm Harry CSA
A successful Community Composting Scheme, based on collections of material from residents of Newtown in Powys, sought to find a way to utilise its main product - compost. Through a CSA approach, they complete the loop by providing food, back to residents in the town. Started in spring 2001 the CSA is still very small and has had to overcome major difficulties caused by Foot and Mouth Disease in the area. Read the case study here: