Ffarm Moelyci Bulletin April 2017
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Ffarm Moelyci Bulletin April 2017

Woodlands Group

Recent activities include access path creation into Ffarm Moelyci’s wilder areas, remedial work on dangerous trees as identified by in the recent tree safety survey, removal and laying of the overgrown hedge by the entrance track, and pruning and de-brambling of plantation trees. There has also been work done in the willow coppice area, with two living willow seats under construction.
We did a hurdle making demonstration at Elwy Working Woods skills share event on 18th March and will be doing a green wood working demonstration at Lyn Parc Mawr Community Woodland skill share event on 1st April. Which were both supported by Llais Y Goedwig Community Woodlands Wales network.
Activities on Wednesday work days coming up includes tree planting, bramble clearance and more path work. Work developing the Woodlands workshop and skills building is ongoing, help with architect’s drawings and crowd sourcing methods is being sought.
Sunday green woodworking sessions have been busy with several 3 legged stools and a small table being made, as well as two shave horses being worked on. Drop-in green woodworking sessions run from 10 a.m. on Sundays and are still free but bring food and a drink or get pound-a-panad at our Blas Lôn Las café.
For any enquiries about sessions or green wood products Contact:
Mike Bithell on 01248 602397 or email

Wildlife Group

By 25 March the new fronds of the adder's tongue fern Ophioglossum vulgatum were poking through the turf on the ffridd. Two colonies are currently known but there used to be two more, so I shall be searching for the missing ones in a few weeks time. Its close relative moonwort Botrychium lunaria grows in the top paddocks above the ffridd. It put on a very poor show last year, and with the lack of grazing in 2016 the turf is rather rank and moonwort is not expected to be much in evidence this year either. Both these species have a close symbiotic relationship with fungi and can survive as leafless underground rhizomes sustained by their fungal partners, so they can be missing from the turf for a year without it meaning they have died.
John Bratton


There is no better way to learn about food growing or how to engage with the community than by volunteering.  We have fantastic opportunities here on the farm with amazing people and we’re happy to teach our skills to you.
In our market garden you can learn how to grow your own food through the seasons.  We have need for your help now the growing seasons are upon us and you can watch your efforts grow before your eyes.
If you’re fingers aren’t green then we’re looking for your assistance in the cafe and shop too.  We urgently need your help on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and especially at lunchtimes. 
Maybe you like making food and you could use our fully equipped community kitchen?  Maybe you love meeting people and serving them posh coffees?
There are many, many places you can fit into the farm and a warm welcoming staff who are happy to train and teach.  We have various groups like the woodland and wildlife groups, weather station and translation & culture.
If you want to find out more get in touch with us, or the managers of each group.  We will reward you for your help too.  Ask us to find out more.

Weather Station

Are you a budding meteorologist?  Would you like to be part of monitoring the weather on the farm with a group of dedicated volunteers?  The Weather Station Group are looking for some routine, once a week volunteers and some help to cover sickness and holidays.
If you’re really into weather data, we’re looking for people to upload information to the Met Office and to do some statistical analysis over the past 9 years for us.  You can see how the weather has changed over the membership years and we’ll share it with our community.
If you’re interested then see our webpage or get in touch.


Fancy having your own allotment?  One with stunning views, a cafe onsite and an amazing group of people?  Ffarm Moelyci has allotments available for rental, all ready to go.  If you’re interested we have a few different sizes available.  Contact or 01248 602 793.
At last the clocks have gone forward and some dry weather has arrived after a very wet winter. Time to enjoy the Spring and get your plot in shape. Start planting potatoes and sowing broad beans and other veg seeds in trays to plant out later.
Snowdonia Donkeys are now producing a surplus of manure and we are invited to help ourselves from their heaps. The manure is quite fresh but worth storing for future use and will act an activator for your compost heap.
Paths: Maintenance of the paths has proved very difficult. Make sure your plot edges are well defined and not intruding on surrounding paths. Grass-cutting is only of the main paths. Any adjoining grass areas are not cut and these must not be used for dumping. To dispose of stones or plant cuttings contact the office. Any other materials e.g. old pallets please take them to the Gwynedd Recycling depot.
Trees: A survey of the allotments has shown that many have self-seeded or planted trees and shrubs. Plots are only for food production. Trees or hedging shrubs, such as oak, willow, hazel or thorns need to be removed and this will be monitored.
George Smith


A new venture has been started at Ffarm Moelyci.  Blodeuwedd is a new enterprise supported by FM which will concentrate on trialling herbs and flowers, not only potted but also to explore larger markets and outlets.  From medicines, to teas and restaurants, Blodeuwedd will seek to explore and trial new and exciting plants.  You’ll find a selection of potted herbs and plants on sale at Blas Lôn Las and through seed fairs.  Like everything we grow here, the plants are grown ethically, in peat free compost without  the use of pestcides or herbicides, fully hardened off and ready to with stand  up to local growing conditions.
Monday 27th March, we had a successful day at Conwy Seed Fair, supplying 23 varieties of herbs.
To find our herbs and plants, come along to Blas Lôn Las where we have a range of pot sizes or take a look in our market garden for our herb and edible flower trials.

In the Market Garden

With the lovely sunny days, there are salad vegetables galore in the polytunnels enjoying the recent warm weather and daylight lengthening.
Most of the tender summer vegetables for the polytunnel are now sown and growing well. It’s an increasingly busy time, propagation, harvesting, clearing beds, planting out and potting on; not forgetting weeding.
We’re always on the lookout for help... If you would like to come and join in, come along and volunteer on Thursday starting at 10am, meet the friendly group of volunteers see what we are doing.
Keep an eye out too, a new program of courses has been developed into the summer time, have a look what on offer.  All courses are a mixture of practical and theoretical activities.
Coryn Bye

Cosyn Cymru

Cosyn Cymru on the move….   After two successful years at the Food Technology Centre in Llangefni, it’s time to move on.  Our next temporary location will be Rhyd y Delyn Dairy between Penmynydd and Pentraeth, thanks to Menai Wyn Jones and family.  This will be home, hopefully, until we can move into the proposed new dairy at Ffarm Moelyci.  And some more exciting news involves a new source of local, organic ewe’s milk from Penllyn, maybe as soon as next month……watch this space!

We’ve been very busy making enough Caws Calan (over 300 demi-truckles) for the upcoming tour of the Welsh folk group Calan with the launch of their new album in April and May.  Come along to Pontio on 28th April for good music and cheese!

Facilities Hire

Ever thought of Ffarm Moelyci as a Venue?
Ffarm Moelyci is a stunning place and an ideal venue to hold meetings, groups and courses.  We have a beautiful barn for hire with fully equipped kitchen and facilities.  We have office space to hot desk at and can even hold outdoor events.
Feel like holding a party or pop-up-restaurant?  This is the ideal place to be.  We’re equipped for more corporate meetings too, an ideal place to keep your delegates focused and motivated.  Not many venues can boast an onsite cafe, stunning walks and views and be so close to local travel networks and facilities.
If you’d like to know more we’d be happy to show you around or take a look at the website

Farming Focus


Lambing starting on Ffarm Moelyci

It’s that time again when lambs are born on hill farms. There is currently a Shetland and Herdwick flock grazing on the farm. The shepherd Geraint Evans has grazed on Moelyci for a number of years along with other livestock owners. Originally the farm had a Hardy Welsh Mountain stock. The farm can only sustain mountain breeds because of its terrain. This year’s new lambs will be kept for breeding and the ram lambs will be sold as store stock unless there is a special one amongst them. (store stock – means they cannot be brought to the required fat-stock weight  so they are sold on to be fattened on lowland farms) All the ewe and lamb couples will be moved to the front field (Gweirglodd Goch).

At this sensitive time could ALL big dogs be kept under the owners control as they can spook the sheep.

Orchard news

In early March an enthusiastic dozen came together to learn about pruning and maintaining orchard trees. Ian Sturrock was, as usual, full of energy and taught us how to cut branches, how to shape the trees and what to do in cases of damage or disease. The weather was clement, and we managed to do quite a lot! Thank you all for helping.

Sunday 14 May we will get together once again in the orchard – not to work this time, but to enjoy the blossom on the trees and have a picnic. If there is interest we will go for a little walk through the orchard telling a few anecdotes or drawing attention to some interesting facts. If you feel inspired by the aura of an orchard in blossom, you can get creative and try a little bit of art too! Meeting around 1 pm for picnic, and then on from there.

Remember that the orchard group meets on Friday mornings to continue to look after the orchard, and anyone who fancies is welcome to join in. The contact is
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