I am the director and main grower of Cae Tan community supported agriculture. We grow food for 120 local households, work with volunteers, youth groups, deliver accredited training, work with schools and colleges. All raising awareness on the benefits of small scale local sustainable farming.
Tell us about an experience of your work with Renew…
We worked with COCA in St davids. I was asked to give the grower advise on developing a seasonal work plan and rotational plan. I spent a day with the grower on his farm looking at various aspects of his work. I followed this with a report and plan on how to move forward. He has reported a good season much helped by the plans and discussions we had.
What is your vision of your region in 2050?
There will be considerably more small scale sustainable horticulture with community involvement. This will be due to increased food costs, increased environmental concerns and increased evidence that small scale farming is both positive in economical, environmental and social terms.
Government policy ill recognise the benefits and provide access and support to more young people wanting to work the land. Young people will become more politically and practically engaged in land-based movements such as the land workers alliance.
Organisations like ourselves will pave the way in supporting young people to establish viable small-scale farms.