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Assembly Member urges support for Swansea Community Farm

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black is urging support for Swansea Community Farm, which is the only city farm in Wales.

Every year, the Community Farm is visited by up to 15,000 visitors, and works with over 1,800 programme participants, reconnecting them with the environment and the community. However they are facing a financial crisis, which if it is not resolved could result in its closure.

Mr. Black said: "The Community Farm has launched an urgent funding appeal to make sure that they can continue operating. Over the next year they aim to raise £150,000 from members of the public, Swansea businesses, Swansea Council, Welsh Government, and charitable trusts and foundations.

"I was glad to be able to visit the Community Farm once again today, and see for myself the expanding range of activities that they provide, as well as to meet with some of the staff and volunteers.

"Up to June of this year, the Farm had worked with 119 volunteers, 48% of whom were unemployed, and more than one third had a disability or support need. Nine volunteers have found work over the same period. 

"I would urge people, businesses, and charities to consider giving what they can to help the Farm continue.

"I will be writing to the Deputy Minister to invite her to visit the farm and to ask her to consider a contribution from the Welsh Government to this worthwhile cause."

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