Last weekend the annual meeting of the Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) was held here in Wales. It was the 5th year of the LWA, a union of small and medium scale producers of food fuel and fibre, now boasting to over 3000 members.
For those of you who haven’t heard of the LWA before it is a grassroots union of farmers, growers and land-based workers with a mission to improve the livelihoods of their members and create a better food system for everyone.
They work for a future where farmers are able to work with dignity and earn a decent living, and people can access healthy, affordable food from local producers.
They are a democratic member-led union, run by producers for producers. All their policies and representation come from farmers, growers and land-based workers who have direct experiences of the issues they campaign on.
The LWA is a member of La Via Campesina, the global movement of small-scale producers and peasant farmers. It’s the largest organisation no one has ever heard of with over 200 million members worldwide!
The Annual Meeting was held in the Drapers Field Studies Centre at Betws y Coed with over 100 members in attendance. The focus this year was on how to improve agrocological knowledge exchange not only between member but with the wider farming community. Also, their work in campaigning on the Agricultural amendment bill going through parliament now.
If you’d like to watch the film on agroecology shown during the weekend you can find it here:
And if you’d like to get involve in the campaign on the Agriculture bill see here:
The LWA Cyrmu member held their own organising meeting and decided to work on the following outcomes for 2019:
- Organising a Wales get-together
- New Entrants event early 2019
- Outreach especially to younger farmers including networking with YFC groups, local colleges etc potentially showing In Our Hands, going to meetings and engaging
- Farm visits possibly in collaboration with OGA
- Soil Hack
- Mentoring – investigating funding options, talking to Farming Connect
- Seed Production Training
- Apprentices & peer to peer exchange
- Woodland group for wales was formed and will be holding a “wood hack” get together in the spring here in the Twyi Valley.
If you’d like to more about the LWA including information on how to join you can visit the main website here:
If you would like to support the LWA and buy someone a nice Xmas present we are selling the 2019 LWA calender!