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Festival Farmyard

On Saturday 17 September, we celebrated the diversity of British farming, and introduced you to the people who produce your food.

The Festival Farmyard told the real story of modern farming in Monmouthshire. Farmers will share the realities of farming today and answer questions about what they do, why and how. They’ll also have some of their animals on show.

Visitors could try their hand at milking a cow and milling flour and enjoyed a lively programme of short talks on the true cost of food production and farming. 

FARMING MATTERS - A Programme of Short Talks

Bite-size, 10 minute talks revealed the realities of modern day farming, as told by the people living it. Focusing on the true cost of food and farming, and celebrating the diversity and unique character of farming in Monmouthshire and the surrounding areas, this series of short, inspiring and challenging talks connected the food consumers, (you), with the food producers (the farmers).

Chaired by local farmer Ruth Tudor.


We discussed whether the "best" ingredients have to be the priciest, or whether eating fresh and local is actually cheaper, with a panel of leading names in the local farming and food production communities, chaired by BBC Wales Economics Correspondent and Monmouthshire farmer, Sarah Dickins.