Farm Hack & CSA Gathering Cymru

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A couple of weekends back a few of us travelled up to Tyddyn Teg, a CSA based in Snowdonia, where we spent the weekend sharing ideas on small scale growing with farmers from other CSA’s & organic farms.

The weekend had two key focus groups. ‘The Wales CSA Network’ & ‘Farm Hack’. The CSA network come together in order to share best practice & help support new CSA’s to get set up in Wales. Cae Tan ran a workshop on setting up a CSA. Other workshops included a growers round table, farm machinery best practice & seed saving.

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There were some interesting technical workshops including how to build a weeding robot, creating your own hand scale machinery using old bikes & random bits of junk, timber framing & working with horses.

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The best part of these gatherings for me are the informal chats you have with so many growers & farmers from different projects. The farm tour always generates alot of really interesting discussions as we generally all have similar seasonal challenges.

Next month we head back into Snowdonia to join the Landworkers Alliance AGM for more information sharing & to push forward political agenda’s for sustainable farming in the UK.

 

Harvest Party Thankyou’s

A huge thankyou to everyone involved in organising & making the harvest party happen a couple of weeks back. (Especially Lizzy…)

We raised a staggering £3000!!

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This will go towards the construction of a small barn on the new site for storage of veg, tools, packing space etc.

Thanks to the following for your kind donations..

Raflle Prizes
Homemade breakfast hamper (Lara)
Hoogah Pizza
Dr Organics Gift Set
Crumbs voucher
Clipper Gift Set
Arthur Neave cafe voucher
Bottle of red wine from someone really nice
La Doce Vita voucher – Tony & Sarah O’Kane
Vegan Shea Butter – Bobinogs Gonzales!
Auction Promises
Gower Heritage Centre Free entry to cider festival
Artisan breadmaking with Chendore
Gower Heritage Centre Charette cinema screening
Pilates lesson – Mariana
Chiropratic session at Gower Chiropractic Centre – Becky
Sue Kent Foot massage
Picnic hamper – Abbi & Rhys
Crochet lesson
Spin round Gower in Triumph pi – Lizzy & Tim
Swans v QPR football tickets from someone fantastic
Emma Bissonat Lino cuts
Tai Chi class with Abbi’s dad
Neck and back massage with Sue Kent
2 nights in cosy cabin in sandy lane – Tom & Pasacle
Gower SUP 2 hour lesson
Canoeing with Ant
Private gig with Goeff
Spanish lessons with Isabel
landladies meal – Laura & the land ladies
Gower pleasure flight with Alex