Following a 17 year career in financial services, I decided to change my career path in 2008 commenced a 3 year HND course in Landscape Construction and Garden Design. After working for a few years as a garden designer, I applied to manage a community garden just outside Cardiff. Despite no previous experience of working in community gardens, I was offered the job. Over the next few years, I realised that my passion lay in community food growing and working with volunteers. When my contract came to an end in 2017, I applied to be a Development Worker for Social Farms & Gardens and have been there ever since.
SF&G is a UK wide charity supporting community growing groups, community supported agriculture schemes and care farms. My role as Coordinator for the Edible Cardiff Network involves connecting all those in Cardiff involved in community food growing as well as food distribution, allotments and wildlife and biodiversity groups and organisations. I have worked on various projects since joining SF&G including orchards and allotments creation and on the Community Land Advisory Service.