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Ffarm Moelyci Bulletin June 2016
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AGM July 16th 2016
 
The Moelyci IPS annual AGM is upon us again.  Not only will the farm be hosting the meeting but we are holding an Open Farm too.  On the day there will be opportunities to visit all aspects of the farm, meet volunteers and staff and see what going on.
 
We are planning to hold activities like walks and talks and have things for kids to do too.  You can meet some of our farm tenants too like Snowdonia Donkeys and Aim Higher.
 
There will also be planning for real sessions where we will be discussing the master plan of the farm, renewable and farming at Ffarm Moelyci.
Dyffryn Ogwen Show

A great day  was had by all attending the Dyffryn Ogwen Show earlier this month despite the inclement weather!

We had a great response by young & old alike,with great interest in all the products,activities & groups currently available on the farm,beautifully illustrated using information & picture posters prepared by Dave & Julie.

Tasty treats were on offer from the new range of products for sale in the shop, & by lunchtime I had spoken to so many people that I'd nearly lost my voice - not a bad thing some would say!

A huge thankyou to all who came to see us & to all of you who helped set up the marquee & were around to give people an insight to all that is on offer here.The marquee was buzzing for the majority of the day.

Great to see so many people genuinley interested in all the activities & projects we currently have here & are striving to achieve.

Very positive day.
The Construction Crew.
 
May was a busy month with preparations being made to host the annual gathering of Llais y Goedwig.  We took advantage of the newly cleared and levelled area in front of the red barn which had previously had a few ‘small stones’ removed from it (!) to erect one of the two 12m marquees, and the barn itself was walled with Mike’s wicker hurdles and floored with woodchip. The client was extremely happy at the level of service we provided.  Further clearance has taken place North of the Lein Bach railway bridge to provide a level area for Snowdonia Donkeys to erect their proposed field shelter.  Trenching work has also been completed at the top of the allotments to allow for modifications to the mains and river water supplies to the new tank. I don’t know what Maria is feeding Gareth, but he can certainly dig for Wales!! As ever, all welcome on Fridays between 9.30-4.30. 
Ffarm Moelyci Health & Wellbeing Group
 
A couple of volunteers here at the farm have got together to form a Health and Wellbeing group.
 
The first activity that the group will start will be teaching healthy cookery classes which will be available to the people in our community.
 
Volunteers wishing to take part in teaching these classes will be provided with training free of charge by the NHS dietetic department. This training will involve volunteers doing training one 5 hour day a week over a 5 week period. One more day training will be available to anyone who would like to teach these courses to WEA level. 

If you would like to join us teaching this course you would be really welcome. Please contact Maria at healthandwellbeing@moelyci.org or call the farm office on 01248 602 793
 
Ffarm Moelyci Allotments
 
There are a number of allotments available for rent at the moment. If you are interested in having an allotment contact  allotments@moelyci.org     01248 602 79
 
Allotments Update
 
It’s a really exciting time up on the allotments at the moment as things are really moving forward . We’re making great progress with a sustainable water supply, and this is something allotment holders have wanted and needed for a long time, so fingers crossed that will go ahead soon. Many thanks to Nathan and Gareth for all the time and energy they are putting into making this a reality for us.
 
The new service arrangement agreed on by allotment holders will make a really big difference up there too, as the foot paths will be maintained much better, and so the allotment site should become a really well maintained, tidy and safe place for everybody to enjoy. 
 
We've had 8 new allotment holders join us since November and they all love the views over to the Carneddau. We are so lucky, as it must be one of the most beautiful places to have an allotment in Wales.
 
So it’s all looking good.
 
We've had some suggestions that we should offer micro allotments where it would be possible to have just one or two raised beds and pay rent for a very small amount of land. This would keep the rents to a minimum on those plots and give people with very little growing experience an opportunity to try it out without taking on too much too soon. If you would be interested in an allotment of this type please do get touch; email allotments@moelyci.org or  tel  01248 602 793

If you would like to have a look around our allotments, we  meet up at the farm house on any of our community workdays which are held every 3rd Sunday of the month 2-4pm, where you will be given a very warm welcome.
Blas Lôn Las
 
Last month we introduced our new shop manager Carol Williams.  Many of you will know her from the radio and gardening programs however now she is the face of our shop, newly called Blas Lôn Las.  Blas represents the taste of good food from the Ogwen valley area and with Carol’s appointment the opening hours will change to include Sundays and then 5 days a week, Wednesday to Sunday from 16th July onwards.
 
There is a lot of new things to discover in the shop too.  We have apple juice from Anglesey as well as different cheeses and Carrie’s award winning sheeps cheese.  We have a new baker bringing along fantastic bread and cakes but also some smaller bakers are making us gluten free and vegan pasties and cakes to enjoy.  The really are good!  We’ve got in more meat, organic milks and milkshakes, local quiches and continue with our veg boxes.
 
We also have an ever increasing range coming from the market garden now the summer season is gaining on us.  Come and get locally grown and freshly picked flowers and carefully grown plants and herbs.  In the shop you’ll find fresh leaves, beans, beetroots, kales and carrots.  Remember too, these haven’t travelled.. literally steps away!
Volunteering
 
Are you interested in volunteering at Ffarm Moelyci?  We have many different opportunities here on the farm indoors and out and everyday of the week.
 
Get in touch if you fancied a try in any area, no commitments of course.  We have a great team of staff and volunteers for you to meet.
 
Flyers and more information can be found at www.moelyci.org
The Growing Space
 
June has been a time of luscious growth in The Growing Space, new crops being harvested and sold in the shop each week. Look out for broad beans, garlic and onions now harvesting.
 
The flowers in The Growing Space are abundant, and for sale in the shop, or come along and pick your own bunch.
 
The Growing Space was at the plant fair at Plas Newydd. It’s always nice to go out and meet the community. Sadly the day turned very wet.
 
Thank you to all the volunteers that enable so much to happen here. As I type this I can hear a strimmer manned by a volunteer cutting back excess growth.
 
The Grow your Own course has gone very well their plot is the neatest and most interesting plot in the garden. Come and see what a variety of crops they are growing.
 
Please come along on a Thursday between 10 and 4 if you have a few hours to spare, there’s always a panad and biscuits and a chance have a chat with fellow volunteers as well as lots of tasks to complete.
COSYN CYMRU - JUNE
 
Celebrations at Cosyn Cymru after Brefu bach was named ‘Best New Cheese 2016’ at the British Cheese Awards……...Really?  Now that wasn’t in the business plan!  But it was a lovely surprise.
 
Come and try some at Blas Lôn Las Caffi/Siop.  We also have new stock of little individual ice creams.  Would appreciate your views, so if the sun shines and you feel it’s time for an ice cream….pop into Blas Lôn Las.
Community Orchard Project
 
For those of you who may not have heard, we have successfully secured funding to start a community orchard at Moelyci, growing mainly heritage Cider and Perry fruit. If you would like to get involved or want more information please contact Julie on julier@moelyci.org.
© Alice Smith
 
Meadow Brown Butterfly
 
Moelyci Wildlife Group
 
Farming and Wildlife - A big thank you to John Bratton for his hard work producing a report for the farming group. The report is a field by field assessment of the farm’s wildlife resource with some advice on management.  John’s findings will be really useful in informing discussions about the direction of travel for farming at Moelyci.
 
Gareth’s Birding Tips - The breeding of the birds at Moelyci has been in full swing and most have now completed their first brood with some going for a second and sometimes third brood. On a walk around Moelyci now you should be able to see the young of many species of birds which can often be difficult to identify because they often look nothing like their parents at this stage Some may have recently emerged from the nest and can be seen very clumsily flying away, just wish them the best of luck as it is the most dangerous times of their lives. Some notable birds to be seen now are our summer visitors including Common Redstarts, Whitethroats, Blackcaps and Swallows all easily seen around the farm. From now on things begin to quieten down and birds get more difficult to see and hear so make the best of it.
 
Butterflies and Moths on the Farm in June – This year is proving a slow one for butterflies. I walked around the farm on a warm sunny day in mid June and saw very little in the way of wider countryside butterflies, just one  Red Admiral, one  very faded Painted Lady and a couple of Whites. Of the specialist butterflies, a count on the marshy area of Cae Newydd (the field next to the Frydd) produced five Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries; this species was also present at very low density on the Frydd and top paddocks. Also on and around the top paddocks were two Chimney Sweeper moths and a Cinnabar. The dry part of Cae Newydd is a sea of Bird’s Foot Trefoil at the moment; lots of Bumblebees were nectaring on the trefoil when I visited.  Finally, keep an eye out for Small Heath butterflies; I saw one individual nectaring on brambles on the path next to the fruit field.

Flowers - A visit to the wet areas of Cae Newydd and Cae Wrach is well worth the effort at this time of year, some of the flowers you might see include: Marsh Cinquefoil, Water Forget-me-knot, Ragged Robin and Common Cotton Sedge.
 
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