Spotlight on soil health at Edible Cardiff summer event 

June 2021

Edible Cardiff's first face-to-face event of 2021 saw growers get together to learn more about organic and permaculture practices. 

 

Held at Coed Hills Forest Garden in Cowbridge on Saturday 19th June 2021, the event was well attended by people from growing groups across Cardiff.  

 

Stephen Watts, who runs the Forest Garden growing project at Coed, led a tour of the beautiful gardens. The group learnt about the different organic and permaculture practices used to manage the site including 'swales', a way of holding excess rainwater and gradually filtering it through plants and soil back into the area.

 

After a lunch made with fresh produce from the garden, the group got to work creating a two metre high compost heap with expert instruction from Stephen. The compost will be put to good use in the garden, bringing extra nutrients back to the soil. 

The event closed with a relaxing and energising movement, meditation and mindfulness session from Kerry Sanson-Regan. 

 

Lisa Williams from Edible Cardiff, said: "Coed Hills really is the most peaceful and inspiring place and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day. We had some interesting conversations and lots of new connections were made. Look out for our next gathering later this year!"

Growing Hope & our response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Growing Hope 2020

The coronavirus pandemic may have disrupted normal food supply chains but a city-wide project helped thousands of Cardiff families grow their own food at home. Nearly 14,000 plants, seeds and growing kits were distributed to families across Cardiff during lockdown as part of the Sustainable Food City project, which encouraged people to grow their own fruit and vegetables at home.

 

A team of 70 volunteers from 16 community groups came together to help grow and hand out plants and seeds to more than 3,000 households, care homes, and foodbanks. They are also taught people how to their own food with online classes. Food Cardiff, Social Farms and Gardens Wales Edible Cardiff, Cardiff Salad Garden, Global Gardens, Green Squirrel and EggSeeds were among the groups involved. Watch our #GrowingHope video below and read more HERE.

We are running the Growing Hope campaign again in 2021 - contact us for more information. Or keep an eye on our social media pages for updates.

Growing More Food in Lockdown in Cardiff

Working in collaboration with food emergency response networks, Food Cardiff and Edible Cardiff are encouraging residents to grow their own vegetables. A team of 70 volunteers across 16 projects distributed around 14,000 plants, seeds and growing kits to over 3,000 households and more than 100 people joined online growing classes. Read more HERE.

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1,000 people/ homes received  a Growing Hope growing kit

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(L-R) Lisa Williams of Social Farms and Gardens, Ginny Head, Bute Park Nurseries, Poppy Nicol of Global Gardens Project, Chay Sanders, a nursery supervisor at Bute Park Nurseries and Sam Holt of EggSeeds are some of the volunteers that have come together for the project

Lisa Williams from Social Farms and Gardens, which has distributed 1,000 growing kits in Cardiff council’s food parcels, foodbank parcels, and to other community groups. The kits include everything people need to grow salads and herbs on their window sills

Lisa Williams from Social Farms and Gardens, which has distributed 1,000 growing kits in Cardiff council’s food parcels, foodbank parcels, and to other community groups. The kits include everything people need to grow salads and herbs on their window sills

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1,200 packets of seeds were sent out through local community groups and Cardiff food bank

As the Edible Cardiff Network, we delivered over 1,000 growing packs in the Cardiff area through Cardiff Council's food bank scheme