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February 2022

A quick update on our Edible Cardiff gathering on Saturday


We held the first part outside and Isla and Claire, Grow Cardiff told us all about the Dusty Forge Community Garden and an overview of how the social prescribing element works. There was a chance for people to ask questions on this before having a wander around the garden. 

People were given the opportunity to offer help or ask for help before we moved inside for an update on what Edible Cardiff has been up to.  I gave an update on the Plot to Pantry project and opportunities to apply for small grants, growing kits and plug plants for the Spring Festival.  

I told the group about an exciting new project being planned for a rooftop garden in Cardiff Bay and they were invited to provide some input and feedback to BIC Innovation, who are carrying out the research project on behalf of Cardiff Council.

We watched a presentation by Buglife and heard all about the Pollinator Pledge and how to get involved.

The network was keen to talk about seeds and how organic seeds could be bought in bulk and distributed for a reduced cost to those wanting to use organic seed but finding the cost of purchasing them prohibitive.  We also talked about setting up a seed swap event in Cardiff next year and running a seed saving practical workshop later on this year. 

Finally I told the group about events coming up in Cardiff soon, including a seed swap event at Canton Community Garden on 26th February and an event in Bute Park on 16th April. 

November / Tachwedd

What: Grow Cardiff's Community Garden Open Morning & AGM

Who: Open to anyone interested in community food growing in Cardiff

When: Saturday 6th November 2021, 10:30am-12:30pm

Where: Dusty Forge Community Centre, 260 Cowbridge Road West, CF55BZ

Details: Enjoy delicious warm food and a chance to look around award winning community gardens. Hear volunteers talk about the difference that growing makes to their lives. An uplifting morning of people and plants and a chance to learn more about Grow Cardiff. 

More information & booking: To book a place remotely or in person, please email Isla Horton at

What: Tour of Pant Du Vineyard and Orchard plus Resilient Green Spaces: Productive Community Orchards launch

Who: For anyone interested in orchard production processes and the Resilient Green Spaces Project

When: Wednesday 3rd November 2021, 1.00pm-5:00pm

Where: Pant Du Vineyard and Orchard, Dyffryn Nantlle, Gwynedd

Details: Are you thinking about creating a new orchard?  Or want to extend what you already do in your community orchard?  Social Farms & Gardens are looking to support community groups with access to land, who are looking to plant edible fruit and nut trees, plus existing orchard groups who may want to move into processing.  Come along to our physical launch at Pant Du Vineyard and Orchard in Dyffryn Nantlle, Gwynedd. 

Ydych chi'n ystyried creu perllan newydd?  Neu eisiau ymestyn yr hyn rydych eisoes yn ei wneud yn eich perllan cymunedol?  Mae SF&G yn awyddus i gefnogi grwpiau cymunedol, gyda mynediad i dir, sy'n awyddus i blannu coed ffrwythau a chnau bwytadwy, ynghyd â grwpiau perllan presennol a allai fod am symud i brosesu.  Dewch draw i'n lansiad corfforol ar ddydd Mercher 3ydd Tachwedd yng Ngwinllan Pant Du a Pherllan yn Nyffryn Nantlle, Gwynedd – mwy o fanylion isod.

More information & booking: Book your place

September / Medi

What: Edible Cardiff Network Autumn Gathering

Who: Open to anyone involved in community food growing in Cardiff

When: 25th September 2021, 10:00am-12:00pm

Where: St. Peter's Community Hall and Gardens, St Fagans Road, Fairwater, Cardiff, CF53DW

Details: Join us for a morning of discussion and networking at the beautiful St. Peter's Community Garden. We'll be sharing exciting news about a project to distribute food grown in community gardens and allotments to communities around Cardiff. Find out how you can get involved in the the upcoming Food Cardiff Autumn Festival, and learn more about providing wildlife habitats for pollinators in community growing areas and allotments.

More information & booking: Book your place

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What: Meet the Funder: Good Food Cardiff Small Grants Scheme

Who: Open to anyone involved in community food growing in Cardiff

When: 24th September 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Where: Online

Details: The second Good Food Cardiff Autumn Festival aims to get people across the city involved in good food, between 16th – 24th October. Food Cardiff are offering small grants of £50 - £150 to enable not for profit groups to host events or activities as part of the festival. Join Food Cardiff and Cardiff Third Sector Council for a festival planning session and grants Q&A to find out how you could take part.

More information & booking: Book your place

What: Cooperatising Resources Regional Workshops

Who: For small to medium-scale horticulture and arable producers in Wales

When: 22nd September 2021, 1:00pm-5:00pm

Where: Paviland Farm, Rhossili, SA3 1PE

Details: The Landworkers’ Alliance Cymru, Cardiff University Sustainable Places Research Institute and Seed Sovereignty Programme UK & Ireland are organising regional gatherings to help farmers to work together to address challenges through cooperationThis event is part of three regional events happening across Wales. The South Wales Gathering will feature a farm walk led by Chris Harry Thomas. Chris is establishing an oat and barley processing operation so Welsh grain can be processed and sold in Wales.

More information & booking: Book your place

July / Gorffennaf

What: Edible Cardiff Network Gathering - selling fruit and veg through food hubs

Who: For community growing projects based in or near Cardiff, organised by Edible Cardiff

When: 15th July 2021, 6:00pm-7:00pm

Where: Online

Details: Join us for our next Network Gathering to find out how you could generate an income for your community garden through selling your produce. We will be joined by Nick Weir from the Open Food Network to talk about how your growing project could be generating extra income by selling produce in the city.

More information & booking: Once you have registered, you'll be sent a link to a Zoom meeting closer to the time. Book your place

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What: The Urban Buzz Pollinator Pledge

Who: Global Gardens Project  & Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff project

When: 12th July 2021, 7:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Online

Details: Insect pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hoverflies need our help. Find out how you can make a difference with an Urban Buzz Pollinator Pledge from the Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff project. The pledge is a call for people to help create a network for pollinators in gardens and allotments across Cardiff by taking simple actions, such as planting pollinator friendly flowers and leaving lawns to grow. The event will be led by Hayley Herridge, conservation officer at Buglife. 

More information & booking: Book your place

What: Principles of organic gardening

Who: Global Gardens Project & Garden Organic

When: 8th July 2021, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Where: Flaxland allotment, Sachville Avenue, Cardiff, CF143NE

Details: Learn more about how to use organic principles in your garden or allotment with this hands-on workshop. The session will be run by Kim Stoddart, Ceredigion-based author of The Climate Change Garden book, editor of The Organic Way magazine and Garden Organic representative for Wales.

More information & booking: Book your place

What: Riverside Community Garden Open Day

Who: Riverside Community Garden Project

When: 3rd July 2021, 11:00am-3:00pm

Where: Pontcanna Permanent  Allotments, Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF52YB

Details: Riverside Community Garden project are hosting a fun-packed day for all the family with tours and seed giveaways. Find out more about sustainable and organic gardening, or explore wild bee hives and a natural pond full of interesting plants and wildlife. 

More information & booking: Book your place

June / Mehefin

What: The Peas Please Veg Summit Series Wales

Who: The Food Foundation

When: 18th June 2021

Where: Online

Details: The Food foundation are holding a series of events and activities across all four UK nations, including Wales, hosted by the Peas Please partnership. The Peas Please Veg Summit Series will explore the role of veg in transitioning UK diets towards more sustainable and healthy dietary patterns. There are two webinars focused on Wales, 'Is Horticulture part of the deal?' from 10:30am-12:30pm and 'How to shift the dial on demand for veg?' from 2:00pm-4:00pm. 

More information & booking: Find out more and book tickets

What: Green Squirrel workshops and events

Who: Green Squirrel

When: 17th - 20th June 2021, multiple dates

Where: Online and face-to-face

Details: Our friends at Green Squirrel bring you a programme of affordable, friendly and informal workshops and events to make greener living achievable and enjoyable, and make Cardiff a more connected and sustainable place to live. Look out for their seasonal suppers and socials where they’ll be inviting their guests to cook together, share sustainable skills, ideas and meet their community.

More information & booking: See all workshops and book tickets

What: Free Ediculture sessions

Who: Ediculture

When: 12th June 2021, all day

Where: Coed Hills sustainable community

Details: Ediculture is a charitable trust dedicated to education around foraging, food growing and food culture. This event will focus on wild food from 11.00am-12.30pm and growing your own and cultivation from 2.00pm - 3.30pm. 

More information & booking: There are 8 places are available per session, please contact Stephen Watts on 07507 578885 to book.

What: Have a Grow Day! / Tyfwch!

When: 5th June 2021, all day!

Details: The day is a way of promoting and celebrating the work of community growing groups who help transform lives and neighbourhoods all over Cardiff.

More information & booking: click here

*To register, you will be re-directed to the Social Farms & Gardens website who are hosting HAGD this year.

April / Ebrill

What: Network Gathering

When: 27th April 2021, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Details: If you're involved in food growing in Cardiff, whether that's community gardening, small scale food production or on a community allotment, join us for our next network gathering. This is chance to meet others, make connections and share knowledge, skills and ideas. The agenda will be sent closer to the date along with a link to a Zoom meeting.

More information & booking: click here

Spring Festival of Growing / Gŵyl Dyfu'r Gwanwyn

What / Beth: Edible Cardiff Spring Festival / Gwyl Dyfu'r Gwanwyn

When / Pryd: 17th April - 5th June / 17 Ebrill - 5 Mehefin

Details / Manylion: The Edible Cardiff Spring Festival will be running across the city of Cardiff this Spring and we will be encouraging and helping community growing groups to hold events and celebrate all things growing!

More information & booking: CLICK HERE to get all the latest information on our Spring Festival.

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