About Our Food
Our Food is a new project in Wales to grow sustainable and profitable food production for local people.
We are active locally in Crickhowell, regionally in Monmouthshire and Powys, and nationally we are reaching out to others to build a single united voice in favour of change. We are just at the beginning.
We are currently raising funds to develop on this website help for people who want to start small-scale, profitable, agro-ecological farms that supply nearby communities.
Wales cannot feed itself. This has to change fast!
I want to start a micro-farm. Where can I find start-up funds?
An important element of our programme is to work with government, foundations, trusts and banks to develop financing mechanisms for agroecological farming. We will announce any progress as soon as we can. In the meantime, there are various Welsh financing schemes that would be worth checking out.
Where can I learn the most effective farming techniques?
This website will be developed to showcase a selection of the best small farms from around the world that share their techniques for growing and marketing their produce. We are currently raising funds for this. In the meantime, there is a lot of information on YouTube and the internet just waiting for you. If you search “permaculture” that will be a good place to start.
I don’t have access to land. Can you help with that?
We are currently discussing with landowner organisations how best to support new starters requiring land. Progress on this will be reported on this site and in our Facebook Group in due course. In the meantime, do check out Farming Connect.
How do I go about selling to the local community?
Our Food is currently working with producers to establish an on-line farmers’ market in Crickhowell. Once tested, this will be promoted to all producers to help them reach the local market. Our intention is to encourage all towns to develop their own on-line farmers’ markets using the same platform so that any producer can sell to any nearby town. This will be publicised once it is ready later this year.
How are you going to find all these entrepreneurs to start all these farms?
We will be creating a conversation on social media about the programme that will encourage local people to come forward. We will also be working with farming and community institutions to publicise the opportunity in due course.
How can I contact you?
Please email email@example.com if you would like to find out more about what we are doing!
Our Food is a project of the Conservation Farming Trust.
Header photo: Tim Jones.