Archive for February, 2011

February 28, 2011

New agri-culture springs to life by the motorway

by Richard Spalding, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of the West of England

I scraped the leaves away to discover that the rhubarb crowns had survived the cold to begin their journey into the light and unknowingly towards our kitchen. I was on my way to join the first work party organised by Sims Hill Shared Harvest, a new community supported agriculture project close to the M32 motorway on the north Bristol fringe. This was an emotional moment for me as I walked down the icy track which still forms the access point to and across the finger of largely derelict market garden land which once helped feed the city. I had been envisioning such a moment for years now in my quest to try and support a revitalisation which might see our cities beginning to think about feeding themselves once again.

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February 25, 2011

Next Public Meeting 30 March in Frenchay!

After venturing south of the river, we are now holding our next public meeting in the heart of Sims Hill Shared Harvest home territory!

Our spring membership drive is continuing with another public meeting on 30 March, 7:30 pm, at the Frenchay Village Hall (Please RSVP to

Venue details:
Frenchay Village Hall
Beckspool Road
BS16 1NU

Click here for map and directions.

Please help us to spread the word about this important public meeting, as we wish to engage as many communities around our local growing site as we can.

And don’t forget that our open work days will now be happening every fortnight, on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month, from 10am to 1pm, at our site on Stoke Lane, Frenchay, Bristol. (See here for more directions and more information).

We hope to see you soon!

February 25, 2011

Next work day 26 March!

Just a reminder that our next work day is this Saturday, 26 February, from 10 am to 1 pm.

We will be planting hedging trees and continuing to plant the willow coppice. Spades are needed!

Bring food to share and a mug for tea!

More information, directions, etc., on our work days page.

Hope to see you all there!

February 22, 2011

Sims Hill presentation at next Avon Organic Group meeting: The Hungry Gap

Please come along and support Tim Lawrence and Kristin Sponsler as we present the Sims Hill Shared Harvest vision at the next AOG meeting.

From Shannon Smith of the Avon Organic Group:

7.30pm Tuesday 1st March
Horfield Quaker Meeting, 300 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8PD
Donation on door £1/£3

Allotment waiting lists, inedible green spaces, and ‘wasted’ ground challenge our food future. Can community land trusts, garden share schemes, community supported agriculture, and other new approaches to land use turn a crisis into an opportunity?

Jeremy Iles (Chief Executive of the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens) speaks about their Community Land Bank initiative. Tim Lawrence – apprentice grower at Stroud Community Agriculture, community gardener with ASAP (Asylum Seekers Allotment Project) – will speak as a producer member of Sims Hill Shared Harvest – a member-owned and led CSA.

All are welcome to this solution-focused discussion, which could also lead to some matchmaking.