The second run of this training programme will begin in November 2021. Details coming shortly but please contact hannah.norman@lantra.co.uk for further information. Please see details on previous sessions below.

Tyfu Cymru delivers industry specific support and training to build the capacity and capability of the Welsh horticulture sector. The project currently engages with over 430 existing growers and horticulture businesses across Wales to overcome challenges in the sector, and identify potential opportunities to create a stronger, future-proof horticulture industry.

Through the delivery of tailor-made training and support, a core aim of the project is to increase production in Wales. At present Tyfu Cymru work with existing horticulture businesses. However to encourage growth in the sector, the project is now keen to work with existing farmers and agricultural businesses to consider adapting their current business model to include horticulture production.

Reasons to diversify

Whether expanding into seasonal brassica production for supermarkets, growing field scale root vegetables to supplement a local veg box scheme, or launching a small scale market garden, diversification into horticulture presents an opportunity to tap into new or existing local and national markets. Developing a new income stream to support the current business model can limit risk and provide security to a farm business. Diversifying also creates an opportunity to utilise previously under-used land, increase local food production and strengthen the local economy.
Horticulture can be a tricky sector to navigate. Production can be time and resource heavy, particularly in the start-up phase. However by already having access to land, and a good understanding of the food and farming industry, farmers have a strong advantage when getting started. With the right training and guidance, Tyfu Cymru believes farmers are a strong resource when it comes to increasing Welsh food production and strengthening the industry.

About the programme

The Diversifying into Horticulture Programme is designed to give farmers the best start into horticulture production. It focuses on important areas such as diversification and market options, planning permission and infrastructure, marketing and product development, and hiring, leasing and contracts.

Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions. A benefit of the closed group learning model is the peer to peer networking opportunity. In between sessions there will be opportunities to discuss learning modules with both delivery leads and other participants on the programme.

In addition to the programme sessions, participants will have access to all other available support from Tyfu Cymru. This includes one to one advise from industry experts, the option to join grower networks and access to a full and ongoing programme of workshops and sessions. More information is available here.

All training provided by Tyfu Cymru is 100% fully funded for Welsh commercial enterprises.

Webinars

Each webinar will be 1 – 1.5 hours and delivered via Zoom. Participants will be provided with an accompanying fact sheet for each topic and questions to consider in your own time. The training provider will arrange a group Q&A follow up session for participants to ask further questions.

Previous sessions from Spring 2021:

Webinar 1: Diversification options and routes to market

Webinar 2: Infrastructure and planning permission

Webinar 3: Marketing, Ecommerce and product development

Webinar 4: Hiring, leasing land, contracts and insurances  

 

The programme will begin again in Autumn/Winter 2021. Details will be available shortly.