Resilient Green Spaces – Building Horticultural Future Farming Skills
Inspiration, education and training are key to sustaining the future of local food.
More people in Wales are showing interest in commercial food growing, so the right training is crucial for the next generation of growers.
To map existing horticulture training provision and current sector needs
To provide appropriate training and support for people in edible horticulture
To counter negative perceptions of horticultral farming careers
Social Farms & Gardens
Land Workers' Alliance Cymru
Cae Tan Community Supported Agriculture project
Cardiff University, Lantra and Landworkers Alliance delivered a pilot Future Farmer traineeship to 27 trainees working/volunteering on agroecological farms. The accredited programme delivered a mixture of online training, weekend site visits, mentoring and bespoke training. Through the project, the team were able to test solutions to some barriers faced by new entrant farmers.
The programme trialled:
Childcare funding to enable new entrants to attend study visits
'Train the trainer' - experienced growers training the next generation for quality assurance
Bespoke training such as medicinal plants and tractor driving to allow specialisation
A hybrid approach to increase accessibility
An eight-month course with one cohort to encourage networking
Course accreditation to increase employability
Operating alongside other schemes (eg. Kickstarter) to finance trainee roles on farm
Watch a video about careers in growing produced as part of the project.