Tyfu Fyny (Growing Up), a new initiative to boost community growing and local food projects in Wales, launched on Friday, 23rd June at a unique gathering for community gardeners and farmers at Ffarm Moelyci near Bangor.
Community Growing in Wales
There’s been a huge boom in community growing in Wales over the last few years, led by interest in issues such as climate change, health and well-being. There are now more than 400 community growing groups in Wales, according to the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, which has set up the Tyfu Fyny initiative.
Research has shown how much local community growing projects benefit the community. It can help bring communities closer together, boost well being and educate children about where their food comes from. I remember leaving school knowing how to grow only watercress. Teaching children how to grow food is the most basic, necessary thing. It’s great to see projects aimed at supporting this here in Wales.
What is Tyfu Fyny?
Tyfu Fyny was officially launched at the All Wales Gathering for community growers and farmers at Ffarm Moelyci, near Bangor. The Gathering, which ran until Saturday, was a chance for all community growing projects in Wales to come together to share, learn and celebrate. There were informative and practical workshops, opportunities to meet and hear from projects around Wales.
FCFCG Wales Manager Emma Williams said: “The Tyfu Fyny project supports all types of community growing projects in Wales. From community gardens to community supported agriculture projects (CSAs), care farms to orchards, community farms to street planting projects, if you’re bring people together to farm, garden or grow we can help.
We’re really pleased to be able to officially launch Tyfu Fyny at the gathering. Previous events have brought volunteers and staff from community growing sites across Wales together to strengthen the movement, learn new skills and feed in to policy, and this year’s will carry on that tradition.”
Keep up with Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens.
Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens supports community-managed farms, gardens, allotments and other green spaces, creating opportunities for local communities to grow. They work with these community groups to help empower local people of all backgrounds to build better communities and to make a positive impact on their surrounding environment. They also provide the voice of the movement, promoting its work and raise its profile with decision-makers, funders, the public and the media. Visit their website, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to stay up to date!
Invite me to the next Gathering, guys? Please?