Thursday, 3 November 2011

Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens at CAT

Many thanks to Gary Mitchell for organising an interesting and enjoyable workshop day for members of community garden groups, which included an opportunity to respond to the draft findings about community food growing in Wales by the Wales Rural Observatory. To find out more about the WRA, visit their website,
Katie Jones gave a good introduction to the FCFCG and showed how membership had grown hugely over recent years. She explained the Tyfu Pobl (Growing People) project and its aims to share knowledge and skills between groups and removing obstacles to the set up of community growing opportunities. Visit the FCFCG website at
Jenny Howell talked enthusiastically about the Riverside Community Garden in Cardiff.You can see her talking about the project on Youtube
Steve Jones From the Cwm Harry Community Garden talked about creating "habitats" for different types of volunteer at Cwm Harry, in order to encourage and sustain a wide volunteer base. He also led a very helpful workshop on using social media to publicise what you are doing. You can read more about his passion for permaculture and access some of his resources by visiting his blog-
Chloe, one of the gardeners at the Centre for Alternative Technology, gave a fascinating tour of the display gardens at CAT and explained the ups and downs of her experiences with forest gardening. She also talked about the seed saving work that she and others at CAT do as members of the group Dyfi Valley Seedsavers. Their website address is

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