Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and MP for Ceredigion visited Fforestfach Community Farm in Swansea, and was be joined by Cllr William Powell, former AM for Mid and West Wales, and President of FUW Glyn Roberts.
SCF aims to to reconnect people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities with their food, their environment and each other, and provides a range of educational, volunteering, training and play opportunities.
Founded in 1998, the farm has been an accredited Agored Cymru training centre since 2012.
The farm faces closure at the end of the month, unless it can raise £50,000. Core Volunteer and Child and Youth programmes have some funding from external sources beyond March 2017, but day-to-day running costs do not.
Mark has previously warned of the impact that Brexit will have on agriculture in Wales and for the industry to be protected in the UK Government’s Brexit negotiations.
Commenting, Mark said;
“The mission of Fforestfach Community Farm is one that should resonate with us all.
“Educating our children about agriculture and farming in Wales, a distinct part of Wales’ history and heritage, is incredibly important. The opportunities available at SCF for training and developing new skills, education, and fun are wonderful and must be preserved and promoted.
“Brexit poses a real risk to the agricultural community and industry in Wales, which is why the Welsh Liberal Democrats are campaigning for Wales and the UK to remain in the single market. I remain deeply concerned about what Brexit holds for Wales, in particular our agricultural community.
“I urge those who have the ability to put this situation right to act now. As Wales’ only city farm, it would be a tragic loss if we were to lose Fforestfach Community Farm.”
Welsh Lib Dem Rural Affairs Spokesperson Cllr William Powell, said;
“It would be a devastating blow not only to the farm and its staff and volunteers if Fforestfach Community Farm were to close, but to the wider Swansea community and the agricultural community in Wales.
“It would be a huge step backwards for farming and agriculture in Wales.”
FUW President Glyn Roberts said:
“Farming and the countryside is embedded in our Welsh heritage and it is a pleasure to see how the SCF are engaging with the public by offering cookery training in the volunteer built café, through school and college visits and courses and through selling sausages, bacon and meat from pigs reared on the farm.
“It would be a massive step backwards in efforts made to connect urban and rural life if this community farm is forced to close.
“I strongly urge those in power and the people of Swansea to do all they can to support this project so that our children and children’s children can continue to learn about the ways of the countryside, food production and sustainable land management and how #FarmingMatters.”