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Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8ER, UK.
phone: 01654 703965

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press release17.01.06

Gardening group with herb spiral and polytunnel

Trainer Ian Mitchell and some of his trainees pay homage to Lesley's Herb Spiral at Ynyslas Gardens in summer 2005

If you're interested in getting out and growing your own organic vegetables this year, then check out what ecodyfi are up to.

Ecodyfi ran a successful organic garden training called �get growing' in 2005, which benefited thirty local residents.

Most of the trainees were involved in a practical weekly programme based at Ynyslas Gardens.

Others who had less time followed the course via the internet or post, carrying out the weekly activities in their own gardens.

The internet training won an Award of �2000 from AOL Innovations in the Community.

Ecodyfi hopes to use this to get some of the local schools growing and hooked up to the website this year.

On plots shared between two people, trainees grew a variety of crops ranging from spuds and cabbage to sweetcorn and tomatoes, most of which was harvested and taken home each week.

There are many benefits from this training.

These include the health aspects of both physical gardening activities and improved diet, the use of home growing activities as a base for understanding sustainable living, the opportunity to make new friends, boost self esteem and have some fun while getting dirty.

Jean Moore, who attended the 2005 course, completed a final project and gained a certificate said, "I have really benefited from the gardening course.

"I have made new friends and enjoyed the time spent at Ynyslas Gardens, but most of all, I have learnt a great deal".

The 2006 course is funded again thanks to Bro Ddyfi Inequalities in Health and The Naturesave Trust and it is supported by Garden Organic (The Henry Doubleday Research Association).

If you are interested in getting involved in 2006, then contact Tom O'Kane on 01970 832993 or 01654 703965.

To view pictures and course content from 2005 have a look at and click on Growing under the project list.

The course will run from late March to early September over fourteen training days, two of which will be visits to other gardens.

Practical trainees will meet on Fridays from 10.30am to 3pm.

Places are offered primarily to Powys residents who are receipt of benefits, but last year ecodyfi managed to provide places to all applicants and hope to do the same this year.

Further information:

Further information on ecodyfi contact Andy Rowland, tel. 01654 703965 or see Growing section of this web site

Further press release information: Tom O'Kane, email; 01654 703965 or 01970 832993.