Paviland Farm, Rhossili
22nd September 2021 at 13.00-17.00
This event aims to help farmers to work together to address the challenges they face through cooperation.
The South Wales Gathering will be held at Paviland Farm on the Gower, with 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.
Small to medium-scale horticulture and arable producers in Wales face challenges in accessing appropriate and affordable machinery and infrastructure, particularly for processing. The Landworkers’ Alliance Cymru, Sustainable Places Research Institute, and Seed Sovereignty Programme UK & Ireland are organising regional gatherings to help farmers to work together to address these challenges through cooperation.
These regional gatherings follow an online panel and discussion, ‘Cooperatising Resources in Welsh Arable and Horticulture’, as part of the Ffres! Veg Festival where we identified some of the key challenges faces each sector and some potential cooperative solution.
The purpose of these regional events is to make these solutions a reality by cooperating on the local level to look at what resources we have, where they are, and what we need. We will then take the first steps in creating an action plan to set up cooperative solutions whether it’s applying for funding, organising a system for machinery sharing, or beginning to establish a processing hub.