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Ffarm Moelyci Bulletin January 2017
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Ffarm Moelyci Bulletin January 2017

Happy New Year to Everyone

 
Thanks for reading the latest Ffarm Moelyci Bulletin.  It’s a late one this time, we wanted everyone to get a break over Christmas.
 
How are the New Year’s Resolutions holding up?  It may be a little cold out there but it is an ideal time to start that allotment you always wanted.  We have some plots available and of many different sizes, even micro plots.  Winter is an ideal time to kickstart the plot and beat the weeds.  Find out more by contacting office@moelyci.org or giving us a ring on 01248 602 793
 
There are even courses being held on the farm, throughout the year, see our bulletins, facebook and website for details.

The Growing Space Courses

 
Our next course in on Saturday 4th February, only £10.
 
A new year and a new veg plot?  This course will look at how to sow tender crops under cover and we will have a seed swap too.  Bring along your own seeds and see what we have available.
 
Booking is essential, via our website www.moelyci.org/events
Orchard News
On Saturday 28 January 2017 we will be planting the first part of the new cider orchard that has been funded by the Welsh Perry and Cider Society. Winter is the best time to plant apple trees, and we’ll be planting them along the drive between the road and the caffi.

Come and join in the fun! There will be a warm welcome for anyone who wants to learn something about planting apple trees, or is keen to dig holes to work off that Christmas tiredness, or is a wheelbarrow champion (to carry mulch downhill). Come and meet by the polytunnels/caffi at 11am. We will provide tools and everything else we need, but remember to wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes and bring a waterproof coat – just in case!

We look forward to make light work with many hands!
We will continue to look after the orchard in Cae Mariad during the winter months, cutting brambles and paths – if you would like to help, come an join us on Friday mornings!  There will also be a pruning training day there in February (date to be confirmed).
 

Red Squirrels

 
You may have heard about the local initiative to re-introduce red squirrels to Anglesey which has been a great success.  The Red Squirrel Trust Wales (RSTW) are moving on to Gwynedd.
 
RSTW are now part of the Heritage Lottery & EU funded (NAT/UK/000467) project called Sciurius Life.  The project will allow communities actively become involved in red squirrel conservation and control of the grey squirrel population.  In north Wales, RSTW will attempt to eradicate grey squirrels from 165 square kilometres of lowland woodland and mountain valley habitats in Gwynedd. This initiative will prevent grey squirrels from recolonising Anglesey and will create opportunities for the small mainland red squirrel population to spread.
 
Ffarm Moelyci has problems with Greys and their damage to the woods and trees here.  Our steering group has agreed to be part of this scheme, allowing the RSTW to work on their land as part of their North Wales engagement.  We’re proud to be alongside our neighbours and the Ogwen Valley in encouraging Red’s back to the trees.

December Open Steering Group


Once a quarter we open the steering group up to the local community.  People can see what’s going on at Ffarm Moelyci and take part in some of the decisions we make.  This session was no different and we heard from various groups about their current work.  Blas has undergone a review to see how we can meet more of the community needs and we got some basic details about some up and coming jobs.
 
We also heard from the Wildlife group about controlling the encroaching bracken and plans for a new woodshed for the Woodland group.
 
If you’re interest in finding out more about how the farm is run and want to input then we’re holding the next group in March.  Keep an eye on the website, bulletin and facebook for details.

WLPAN Welsh Beginners Course

 
The course is back!  Want to learn Welsh in the fabulous environment of Ffarm Moelyci?  Starting on Wednesday 25th January, 4-6pm the course lasts through to the summer.  Only £62 for employed and £42 for unwaged.

www.moelyci.org/events

Snowdonia Donkeys

 
Snowdonia Donkeys have been onsite for a while now here at the farm.   It’s great to be greeted when you drive onsite in the morning by Norman.  The donkeys will settle back down now after working so hard at Fron Goch.
 
December is always a busy time for the charity work of Snowdonia Donkeys. Promoting our work with people and donkeys this year we have been excited to tell people about our new base at Ffarm Moelyci.  We have been able to talk about the interesting walks around the Ffarm, the café  Blas Lôn Las, heritage trail and developing farm plans.  But donkeys are not just for Christmas and having completed the field shelter and classroom the volunteers and donkeys are looking forward to a busy 2017.
 
We work on our calendar of events during January so that's a quiet month for donkey walks and activities but watch this space for future events and activities.

Moelyci Woodlands Update

 
Coppicing season has started with work being done in the 2bd Cae r Wrach enclosure (Hazel), the ancient oak woodland (hazel and ash), the old railway track (hazel) and along the stream (willow). The material s generated will be used for hurdle making, basketry and sculptures. We have also put access pathways into the lower broadleaf plantation field by the Moelyci gate site. Although they don’t go anywhere yet, we would like to see them link back to the Blas Lon Las café/shop area via the course of the old railway line.
 
Following a visit by Bangor university forestry students, several of them have been attending the Sunday sessions. In fact it got quite busy for a few weeks with spoons and bowls being popular items to make. Our plans for a new timber framed workshop building are ongoing. This will be sited by the old composting/ new biomass zone and will hopefully have a footprint of 16ft by 32 ft. reclaiming some un-used land. We are looking at ways of paying for the cost of materials for this and any helpful suggestions will be gratefully received. Wednesday work sessions continue in January (10am – 4pm) – meet by the workshop in the farmyard. Current activities are bringing 12 year old hazel into coppice rotation, and layering some of these from cut stools to increase stocking density. Sunday sessions continue from 10am till whenever at the workshop in the farmyard. Bring your own creativity and inspiration (plus food and drink) and we will supply the rest.
 
Contact Mike Bithell on 01248 602397 or email woodlands@moelyci.org

December into 2017 on Moelyci Allotments


This is the time for DIY jobs to fences, raised beds and other structures, digging out of new ponds and reviewing the layout of the plot now that the foliage has died down you might decide maybe your beds are too close together and negotiating your way around with a wheelbarrow in high summer is a challenge?   Now is the time to create more space.  As gales become more frequent, more ferocious and from unexpected directions, keep checking netting protecting crops because pigeons are getting hungry for their winter hit of organic greens.  Some of the polypropylene netting is very attractive to mammals with sharp teeth – it may be rats but whatever it is your crops may not be as protected as you think they were when you covered them . Check for wind rock of Brussels and next spring's purple sprouting broccoli which has huge roots but also shrub-sized foliage easily buffeted by winter gales.
 
Even though there's little actual growing to be done at the turn of the year on an allotment there's all the thinking, dreaming and planning to do!  This keeps one in touch with the happy memory of warm summer days chilling out with the wildlife in the most glorious countryside.
 
This isn’t the whole story!!! to find out more take a look at www.moelyci.org/allotments

Writing for Wellbeing

Jessica Clapham is offering a series of information workshops for people of all ages to try out new ways of writing.

When and Where?

Tuesday 7th February, 6-7.15 pm in the barn, Ffarm Moleyci, Tregarth, Bangor, LL57 4BB

Cyswllt / Contact

j.j.clapham@bangor.ac.uk

07807 332 775

Situations Vacant

 
There will be some new roles being advertised in the new year.  Keep an eye on our website and facebook for details:
Farming Coordinator
This position is a preliminary role leading up to how the farming is performed at Ffarm Moelyci.  The role involves working with a community group and establishing a connection; being responsible for the communication between local farming networks and groups.  A long term workable management plan is to be created during this process for a sustainable farming future and how it fits alongside the rich Ffarm Moelyci heritage, ecology , it’s existing graziers and of benefit for the local community.
 
Grower
We will be recruiting for an experienced Grower to join Carol, Coryn and the rest of the Blas Lôn Las team.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone who can take on the responsibility for providing the shop, cafe and other markets with fresh, organically grown vegetable and salad crops in the polytunnels and outdoor space.

 
Front of House Staff
We’re looking to support Carol on the front of  house for the shop and cafe; Blas Lôn Las.  This role requires working with existing staff and volunteers and serving the local community.  You will be required to work some weekends and have a degree of flexibility and be passionate about local foods, serving drinks and preparing meals.  We welcome approaches from ‘foody’ people who want to join us in the journey and develop new ranges of tasty meals in Blas.
 
Cleaner/Caretaker
As the activities on the farm grow and more events and activities take place, so do the general maintenance tasks and site care.  To support the activities across the site, we will be recruiting  a part time caretaker/cleaner. This might suit someone looking for flexible hours, working at different times/days across the week.
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