This story has been submitted by leading food and tourism journlist, Angela Youngman.
Welsh community farming and local food projects are set to receive a major boost as a result of a new initiative.
Tyfu Fyny (Growing Up) was launched on June 23 at the All Wales Gathering for Community Growers and Farmers, at Ffarm Moelyci, near Bangor. Ffarm Moelyci was one of the UK’s first ever community owned farms.
Tyfu Fyny is supported by the Welsh Government and will assist in delivering sustainable development commitments, health, education and training, economic development and climate change. It will also provide support and mentoring for Community Supported Agriculture, in which local communities can buy shares in working farms, and care farming projects in which farms are used as therapy spaces.
Emma Williams from the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG) says:
“The Tyfu Fyny project supports all types of community growing projects in Wales. From community gardens to community supported agriculture projects (CSAs), care farms in orchards, community farms to street planting projects, if you’re bringing people together to farm, garden or grow we can help.”
It is a sector which is steadily expanding within Wales. There are now over 400 community growing groups in Wales, many of which receive funding from the Welsh Government’s Rural Communities – Rural Development Plan 2014-2020. Such schemes help to bring communities closer together and educate children as to where food comes from as well as increasing skills. Research has also shown that schemes of this kind boost health and well being and increase community cohesiveness.