Our Food 1200 / Ein Bwyd 1200, a locally managed community benefit society, is launching a plan to rebuild the local food economy in Monmouthshire and the Brecon Beacons.
Our Food 1200 is looking for farmers and landowners in Monmouthshire and the Brecon Beacons who have small plots of land suitable for growing fruit & veg for sale locally.
A new report published by Food Sense Wales explores how investment in a small-scale horticulture grants scheme could significantly increase the amount of veg produced in Wales.
What is Our Food 1200?
The aim of Our Food 1200 is – over 10 years – to create a network of small-scale regenerative growers serving local communities on 3-5 acre plots. The search is on for a total of 1200 acres. That’s all it would take to produce enough seasonal fruit and veg for every household in the region. This type of farming generates about 1 job per acre, so they are seeking to create at least 1200 jobs.
As well as calling on farmers and landowners to make land available, or start their own regenerative enterprises, Our Food 1200 is engaging with other people who are essential to success.
- Existing growers and sellers of local food are invited to collaborate to grow market share for locally produced food
- Land seekers are invited to come and farm in Monmouthshire and the Brecon Beacons
- Residents are invited to help find land and new growers in every community across the region
1200 acres of produce, sold locally through box schemes and other outlets, would kickstart a new local food economy, keeping profits local and reducing food miles. Local supply chains would also create a foundation for other farmers and food producers to sell their products locally – for example, milk, cheese and other dairy, meat, jams, preserves and other condiments, cereals and locally processed foods including confectionery, tea and coffee.
In future, Our Food 1200 will help new enterprises to access business finance, create local supply chains, expand local markets and find suitable housing.
Our Food 1200 is eagerly awaiting news on funding from the Welsh Government’s Cooperation and Supply Chain Development Scheme. The project provides the vital local lead that Welsh Government food and farming policy depends upon. Welsh Government has stated that “a sustainable agriculture sector for current and future generations is key to meeting our commitment for Wales to be net zero by 2050 and reversing the decline of biodiversity.”
This kind of farming is a necessary response to the need to make food supply chains more resilient, to tackle climate change, to provide more healthy food and to revitalise rural communities.
Support for the project to date has come from the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, the Vale of Usk Rural Development Programme, the Welsh Government, and the London-based Conservation Farming Trust.
Register for their online launch event, 11am-1pm on 30th March here.
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Welsh language site: EinBwyd1200.cymru
English language site: Ourfood1200.wales
For further information contact: Duncan Fisher: email@example.com / Tel: 07950028704