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Ffarm Moelyci Bulletin September 2016
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Ffarm Moelyci Bulletin September 2016
Panad a Sgwrs
First Saturday of Every Month.  Saturday October 1st.
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Fungi Foray
Saturday 22nd October 2016

Training Courses to Grow Your Own Food
Saturday 1st October 2016
Saturday 5th November 2016

Ffarm Moelyci Apple Festival
Saturday October 15th 11-3pm
Celebrate the Apple Harvest
Shaping the Future
"Have Your Say"

Saturday October 15th 11-3pm
On 15th October we are holding a new style of steering group.  If you are not aware, once a month we hold a steering group on the farm where representatives of our groups, our staff and other interested people get together to discuss issues on the farm, updates and then chew some larger decisions over.  It’s really great with all the different viewpoints and collective decisions.  We want to open this wider so on 15th October it’ll be an open session where members and the community can find out more, bring suggestions and find out more about how the farm works.  We also welcome people to help chew over ideas and help us find solutions on limited budgets.

 
The Growing Space
 
This September has seen summer hanging on in the Growing Space, with autumn slowly raising its head with cooler longer nights. It’s at this time of harvest in the polytunnels that thankfully we have had some of our last sunny days to help with ripening. It’s also at time for new sowing to see the polys through their winter cropping.

Outside the grass loves the warm sunny days, as are the butterflies in the cutting garden and the cabbage whites defying us, laying eggs on the brassicas, despite the netting.
 
There have been 2 courses held in The Growing Space during September, both were well attended and successful, look out for details of monthly growing courses starting in October.
 
A new group from Coleg Menai are coming TGS every Tuesday for a day of work experience in horticulture. It’s lovely having young people around, working away.
 
Remember, a lot  of the work done in TGS is done by volunteers, come and join us any Thursday at 10am new people always welcome, tea and biscuits supplied.
Ffarm Moelyci Apple Festival

Celebrate the Apple Harvest
  • Apple Games
  • Identify your fruit and trees
  • Juicing and tasting
  • Moelyci Orchard Plans
Saturday 15th October 11-3pm

Saturday October 22nd, 2-5pm

Discover a fascinating world of fungi at Ffarm Moelyci and learn to identify them for yourself.
Come along to our popular annual event and see how many different types of fungi you can find in the woods and fields around Ffarm Moelyci.

The event is free but we suggest a donation of £3.
September on Moelyci allotments
 
The best September days on the allotments are those soft mellow ones when the sun, now noticeably lower in the sky, filters shafts of golden haze through drifting seed heads from thistles and rosebay willow herb. Not that the seed heads are really welcome but they do dull the realisation that summer is spent. As do the September sights of mad daddy long legs flying in all directions at once , spiders webs after a heavy dew, jays and grey squirrels harvesting acorns along the fringe of the oak woodland and burying them in the plots-no wonder we have so many seedling oaks here. Blackbirds and thrushes are still gorging on blackberry, sloe, crab apple, elderberry, rose hips and haws in the scrubby environs of the two allotment fields. Some plot holders collect hips and haws for wine making and syrups to ease winter colds and coughs.
 
On the plots we are harvesting leeks and calabrese, a welcome respite from six weeks of trying to vary servings of courgettes. This has been an excellent year for beetroot and beans, parsnip and celery. The bumper slug population has done for some plot holder's summer cabbage and cauliflower.  Onions have suffered from too much wet weather and the pumpkins sulked through too many grey sunless days in July and August. Autumn raspberries have flourished and there's a bountiful apple crop.

As we get into the darker months, some more plots have become available.  If you’re interested in a plot or want to take a look get in touch 01248 602 793 or allotments@moelyci.org  This is an ideal time to make a start, control the weeds and get the plot ready for the new year.
Blas Lôn Las

In addition to all the fabulous fruit & veg we have in abundance at this time of year ready to make all sorts of delicious preserves & jams…. we’re smiling from ear to ear as we have our very own honey thanks to Gareth, Maria & their bees!! Very exciting to see our first Blas Lon Las label on a product for sale , but be warned it’s in a limited supply & selling fast.

New products are still arriving in the form of bread: Pantique, Rye, Pumpkin Seed, Oat & Barley ; Tasty Beef & Ale pies, fresh Moelyci watercress, & we now offer a range of Baked Potatoes with various fillings, hearty Soups & freshly filled rolls.
 
Recent visitors to the shop will have noticed that the interior is having a makeover which will hopefully make shopping & eating in the café an easier experience for staff & customers.
 
Cosyn Cymru
 
After a busy month recording an item for S4C Ffermio, juggling Beaumaris Food Festival, Marchnad Ogwen (thank you Ruby Bye for helping out!) and making cheese as usual, it meant that I wasn’t able to join Calum Muskett and Gabriel Lees (Abercaseg) for their wedding in Dorset.  But a Cosyn Cymru ‘Cheese Cake’ was there instead.  A full wheel of Caws Chwaral for the base with a Môn Las (Caws Rhyd y Delyn) in the middle, a Caws Calan on top and Brefu bach around the edge.  Congratulations you two a phob lwc!
 
Talking of cheese and cakes: an interesting case of Chinese whispers from ‘cheese’….to ‘cheesecakes’….to simply ‘cakes’…….meant that Abergele Rotary Club were expecting a Bake-off style demonstration for their September talk and were quite surprised when I turned up with a large wedge of Olwyn fawr and a collection of cheese stories from France!  But it was a very entertaining evening and thank you Abergele for the warm welcome despite the surprise.

The courses will be held regularly throughout the winter and spring at The Growing Space.  A mixture of theoretical and practical learning, tailored to attendees needs will help you successfully grow your own crops.

£10

Booking via our WEBSITE or office@moelyci.org
Get Involved!
 
There are many different ways to get involved with Ffarm Moelyci either as a volunteer or in one of our groups.
 
Volunteer sessions include:
 
  • Thursdays 10am - 4pm In the Market Garden in the Growing Space
  • Wednesdays and Sundays 10am onwards with the Woodland and Conservation Group
  • Volunteers are always welcome in the shop too.
 
How about joining one of our groups too.  Are you interested in the Wildlife at the Ffarm, Health and Wellbeing, interested in joining a Food Group or how about being on the Allotment Committee.  If you’re in for a challenge too, we’re looking for new people to join in a smaller steering group to form a management group, looking at budgets, finance and reporting back to the wider steering group.
 
On 15th October we are holding a new style of steering group.  If you are not aware, once a month we hold a steering group on the farm where representatives of our groups, our staff and other interested people get together to discuss issues on the farm, updates and then chew some larger decisions over.  It’s really great with all the different viewpoints and collective decisions.  We want to open this wider so on 15th October it’ll be an open session where members and the community can find out more, bring suggestions and find out more about how the farm works.  We also welcome people to help chew over ideas and help us find solutions on limited budgets.
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