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Ffarm Moelyci Bulletin July 2016
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Ffarm Moelyci Bulletin July 2016
AGM and Open Farm Day
 
It started wet and kept on raining but that didn’t stop the local people, members and our volunteers visiting the Farm.  Thank you all for coming.  The Open Farm Day was really well attended and there was a good turn-out for the AGM.  For the Open Farm, we had a wide variety of information stands highlighting the areas of Ffarm Moelyci people might not know.  From Allotments to Wildlife, Renewables to Woodlands we were joined by our tenants from Llais y Goedwig and Wood Knowledge Wales, Snowdonia Donkeys, Aim Higher and fabulous dairy produce from Cosyn Cymru.  Pat and Pete demonstrated cooking in our ‘Kitchen to Rent’ whilst Steve was on loan from Carol to stoke up the Forge.  Blas Lôn Las got it’s official opening too and we gathered quite the crowd.  The open day marked the start of the cafe and shop being open 5 days a week, from Wednesday to Sundays.
 
The sun really shone for the end of the day and a lot of people stayed on the farm to meet and talk to the volunteers and staff.  We had a great day all around.
 
There is so much more to see and do around the farm these days.  It is much more open to the local community, walkers and visitors to the shop and cafe.  There are office spaces to rent, a barn to hire for parties, pop-up restaurants and conferences and a kitchen available to hire for making your own foods or hosting foody groups.  For more information please get in touch at office@moelyci.org
 
Pick Your Own PYO
 
The fruit season is here and the PYO fields are open.  They are open every day the shop is open, Wednesday to Sunday and there are loads and loads of current and berries to pick including red gooseberries, white, red and black currants and raspberries.  There isn’t a better pick your own out there with the same view!
 
Start and finish at the shop.  Get your punnets from the counter.
Blas Lôn Las
 
What an exciting month! The official opening of the Blas Lon Las shop & cafe by our special guest Gareth Wyn Jones, the champion of local food.  A feast of local products sold in the shop was on offer for all to sample & the turn out was fabulous despite the horrendous weather.A huge thanks to our suppliers who supported us with products. We are so lucky here in Dyffryn Ogwen that we have a whole range of fabulous award winning fresh products on our doorstep & now sold in our shop, one of them being our very own Carrie,Cosyn Cymru with her fantastic sheep cheese that has not only been awarded the gold award as the best new cheese in wales but throughout the uk!! An amazing achievement which sits comfortably along our award winning pies, preserves,yogurts,breads and ever increasing delicious products now sold at the shop.
 
If there is anyone out there with an idea for a new product or needs a retail outlet to market your goods come & talk to us , we would love to help you ...It's time to make everyone sit up & see that the wealth of quality products on offer locally is amongst the best you will find anywhere in the country.
 
July in the Growing Space

There is still a lots to do in the Growing Space. The polytunnels are planted out with their summer crops. The outside growing space is struggling with the wet cool weather, it suites the weeds very well.
There has been a band of young volunteers in the garden what a difference they have made.Thank you.
I am pleased to welcome the first WWOOFer to The Growing space, it was Alex and he was from France. Throughout the summer expect to see more wwoofers(willing worker on Organic farms) help out , come and say hello.

The PYO Fruit is now open , in conjunction with the shop, open shop hours. The flower gardens are looking beautiful. Come and pick some flowers to take home.
 
Panad a Sgwrs
 
Every 1st Saturday of the Month
 
Are you looking to practice your Welsh outside of the classroom, then this is the place to be.  Once a month we reserve a table in the cafe; Blas Lôn Las and any one of any skill level is welcome.  We discuss just about everything and especially welcome is the £1 tea and coffee as an attendee.  Come along and join in, we need to keep the numbers up!
 
Wildlife Group
 
Wildlife is abundant at the moment on the farm.  One of the less common dragonflies, the keeled skimmer, was seen at Ffarm Moelyci last month, by a small moss-edged stream, the typical breeding habitat of this species.  A white-petalled form of common hemp-nettle is also in flower on the steep path up the ffridd and in the top paddocks. Other finds have included more butterwort plants on the ffridd, and Sue Andrew found a sundew near the summit of the mountain.
 
An experiment has begun to see whether the butterfly orchids set more seed if bracken is cleared to let the light in or left to hide them from grazing. As there is currently (early July) no grazing on the upper fields, an important component of the experiment is missing.  Bracken has always been an invasive problem at the farm and is rapidly closing up the remaining patches of grassland on the ffridd, reducing its value both as wildlife habitat and pasture. Some Bracken however has been cleared from two colonies of adder's tongue fern on the ffridd, though in one case this may not have been the best thing to do as some of the adder's tongue fronds appear to have suffered from the sudden exposure to full sun. So next year we will encourage and prevent the bracken forming a canopy in the first place by pulling it up as it comes through in May. There used to be two more adder's tongue colonies on the farm. If anyone finds this plant on the east side of the path up the ffridd from Cae Newydd, please let us know.

The absence of grazing has had some positive effect,  allowing the bird's foot trefoil to flower in profusion in Cae Newydd, and this is attracting the mountain bumblebee Bombus monticola to forage. The first waxcap fungi, for which Moelyci is Famous for, are already showing in Cae Newydd and the ffridd.
John
 
wildlife@moelyci.org
Woodlands and Conservation Group
 
With summer here we have been doing invasive species control. So far we have removed a patch of Japanese knotweed, then continued removing Himalayan balsam from the upper reaches of the stream. We have also cut bracken and balsam in the hazel enclosures. We have done some informal hurdle making workshops using willow from by the stream and have plans to thicken up and coppice this area, possibly for basketry materials.
 
The Llais y Goedwig conference held at farm MOELYCI went well. Our contribution to the event was a management plan walk around some of the woodlands on the farm, which was well supported, and a green woodworking demo / have ago session, which was also very popular and went into overtime, being the last event of the day. The conference also involved a visit to the Wild Forest Products Fair at Glynllifon, where we had an unmanned static display, and a visit to a new community woodland group- LLyn Parc Mawr woodland at Newborough. Llais y Goedwig also sponsored a visit to Elwy Working Woods, a cooperative of 15 woodsmen and timber framers. Our host Adrian Farey showed us his saw mill operation, a 25 year old woodland planted by him, and his extra-large workshop for laying out timber framed buildings.
 
Future plans include a visit to the Royal Welsh Show in support of Llais y Goedwig, and of course lots more invasive species control.
 
Everyone is welcome to join in our volunteer days; Wednesday’s and Sunday’s between 10am and 4pm.  For more info contact woodlands@moelyci.org
 
Jono
 
Forge for Rent
 
Did you see the mini forge running at our Open Farm weekend?  Steve and Carol have refurbished the forge and re-insulated its base.  The forge is up for rent if there are any budding blacksmiths out there.  If you’re interested get in touch on office@moelyci.org or 01248 602 793.

 
Kitchen for Hire
 
As well as renting out the Barn for conferences or parties or whatever you can think of, the kitchen is up for rental too.  It contains all the basics for making just about anything and is a great open space for teaching or training.  How about showing off your skills and starting a cookery group, or baking club or sugar crafting?  Get in touch with us for a tour.
Tweet Tweet
 
To add to the communications for the Ffarm we are now on Twitter.  Dave is trying to be as creative as possible looking for things about the farm to post.  Too many exciting things to talk about.  If you’re a tweeter out there look for @FfarmMoelyci or tag your posts when you visit the farm #FfarmMoelyci or even #BlasLônLas if you visit the cafe.  We really welcome anyone posting about the farm and if you fancy doing it for us too, we’d welcome some tweet’eers (tweeting volunteers, sorry) to give access to our account to.
 
Let us know if you’re interested.  davee@moelyci.org
Allotments
 
There are a couple of allotments vacant at the moment present so if you're interested in having an allotment please contact allotments@moleyci.org

Telephones
 
You may be interested to know that our phone system has changed.  Now you can call us on 01248 602 793 but get directly through to Blas Lôn Las, the office, the growing space or the finance office.  Got a problem with a Vegbox?  Leave a message directly with the shop for Carol.

 
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