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    Er mwyn goresgyn rhai o’r rhwystrau sy’n wynebu newydd ddyfodiaid yn y sector amaeth, mae Cynghrair Gweithwyr y Tir yn cydweithio ag aelod-sefydliadau sy’n rhedeg prosiectau ‘farm start’ neu ‘farm incubation’ o bob cwr o’r DU i ddatblygu rhwydwaith arfer orau ac annog gwaith i ddatblygu cyfleoedd newydd.
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    What is a Farmstart?
    Farmstarts are an important entry route into farming, and fill a gap in opportunities for new entrants. They provide an opportunity for people to test their farming and growing ideas in a protected environment, whilst building the knowledge, skills, confidence and experience to progress to their own farm or market garden. How a Farmstart operates and the level of support available to new entrants can vary greatly, however all farmstarts provide:
    – access to land and equipment
    – routes to market
    – business support, training or mentoring
    Through this provision of support, farmstarts take much of the financial risk and stress away from new entrants in the crucial early phases, allowing them to focus on working out what kind of business suits them best.
    For most people, taking on a farmstart opportunity will follow on from some form of training and on-farm work experience, and will give them time in which to test their ideas before making further steps to start their own business on long-term foundations.
    To read more about what constitutes a farmstart and why they are so important read our guide.
    What is the Farmstart Network?
    The farmstart network is a cluster of organisations that share experiences and support one another in the spirit of mutual aid and solidarity.
    We host ‘introduction to farmstart’ and ‘how to start a farmstart’ workshops for organisations who are interested in starting farmstarts.
    We arrange site visits and network get-togethers
    We share knowledge and resources
    Farmstarts a Ffermydd ‘deor’ sy’n weithredol ar hyn o bryd:
    Kindling Trust ym Manceinion – gweler yr astudiaeth achos
    – Tamar Grow Local yn Nyffryn Tamar – gweler yr astudiaeth achos
    OrganicLea yn Llundain – gweler yr astudiaeth achos
    Mach Maethlon ym Machynlleth
    LESS yng Nghaerhirfryn
    How do organisations become part of the network? 
    To be a network member you must be an organisation in the process of developing or already running a project which includes  the 3 core features of a farmstart (see top of page). If this sounds like you, please fill out this form and we will be in touch with you. 
    If you are interested in collaborating with the network or supporting it’s work, we’d love to hear from you, get in touch with
    If you are a budding grower or farmer looking for opportunities to work on a farmstart, please check individual network members’ websites for details.  LWA work to support new entrants into farming in a number of ways, have a look at our New Entrants page for more details and useful resources.
    I gefnogi datblygiad rhagor o safleoedd farmstart, rydym wedi cynhyrchu llawlyfr, which includes a set of case studies to provide some best practice guidelines, based on the experiences of established organisations.

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