Archive for June, 2012

June 19, 2012

News from the Hill 19 June 2012

A small band made it to Sims Hill on June the 9th to play their part in the city wide, get growing trail. The weather was surprisingly warm and the cake predictably tasty! A couple of new members signed up with a couple more expressing interest.

Since then we’ve tango’d with a succession of cold fronts and somehow managed to get more carrots sown into a soggy sims hill soil. The winter squash are still sat in their trays glad to be out of the incessant wind but longing to have their roots in warm soil. Hopefully the start of this week will be as sunny as the forecasters promise and give us a planting window before the next low tracks in.

The few days since we were last at Sims Hill can be a long time horticulturally. It can represent an age in a wind swept field but can be surprisingly helpful when under glass. Our 6000 leeks (yes we will be planting them by hand) are fattening up by the day and our monster brocolli plants are just begining to develop buds. If we keep the irrigation constant the next few days of fine weather will be much appreciated, especially by the tomatoes and cucumbers who have not enjoyed this years weather so far.

June 14, 2012

Next open members’ meeting 26 June: Better Ways to Do the Business of Food in Bristol

Sims Hill Shared Harvest presents:

Better Ways to Do the Business of Food in Bristol with guest speakers Joy Carey and Ciaran Mundy

June 26th 7.30pm at Horfield Meeting House, 300 Gloucester Road, BS7 8PD. See map.

New food systems are emerging. They are local, natural and deeply in touch with community life and a sign of a new future for the business of food. This evening we welcome:

  • Joy Carey to tell us more about the potential for sourcing food locally
  • Ciaran Mundy, to introduce the Bristol pound and tell us what it could mean for Sims Hill and other primary producers in the area
  • and our own Sims Hill team of Tim, James and Bobbie to explore how community growing projects like Sims Hill map into the future of food in the city.

This is a members meeting that is open to others so please bring any friends who might be interested.

June 8, 2012

Sims Hill Shared Harvest Summer Celebration June 9 11 to 3 pm!

Part of the Get Growing Garden Trail

Together with the Feed Bristol project we will be offering a minibus service up to the plots which are both located in the fertile Frenchay area of former market gardens.

whether you are a member, interested in joining or just curious…

Bring a picnic! Bring musical instruments for jamming in the field!

  • Tours of the field, featuring our homegrown veg plots
  • Foraging walks
  • Treasure hunt in the woods
  • Tim’s monster labyrinth !!
  • Herb teas & home made cakes

Free minibus from town to Feed Bristol

See (info will appear here)

Tractor rides down the farm track

See our How to find us page for directions to Sims Hill.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Download the flyer for the event below.

Flyer with Google satellite map of the site

Flyer without map

June 7, 2012

News from the hill!

After a few rainy weeks when we thought Sims Hill was going to turn into an aquatic wonderland, things are finally starting to dry out. The Bristol area received 273mm (nearly 1 foot) of rain in 3 weeks and was officially the wettest April in over 100 years! Needless to say this had a noticeable impact on the growth of plants and the ability to cultivate and tend to veg already planted. On the plus side we have filled our new pond (approx 60,000 litres in 2 days) and have a really good understanding of water movement through the site. The potential to catch and store water is truly epic and we can potentially store enough rain water to irrigate all our soon to be bought poly tunnels.

Our successful grant applications to Bristol Green Capitol and S. Glos mean that we are in a position to invest in two large tunnels (pending planning permission) plus all the fencing and crop protection necessary to grow to the capacity of the field which we estimate to be between 80 – 100 full shares.

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June 7, 2012

Minibus details available for Get Growing Day 9 June!

As part of the Get Growing Trail on the 9th June Feed Bristol and Sims Hill are putting on a FREE mini bus from Hamilton House in Stokes Croft to Stapleton stopping at various locations.

Please wait outside the location for the Bristol Community Transport mini bus at the following times:

First run
Pick up 10:20 Hamilton house, (please find directions to Hamilton House here)
10:30 St Werburghs City Farm,(please find directions to St. Werburghs here)
10:40 Eastside Roots (please call on the mobile below to confirm which site the bus will be picking up from) the Station or the Trinity
10:50 Feed Bristol
10:55 Sims Hill

Return from 11:55 Sims Hill
12:00 Feed Bristol
12:10 Eastside roots
12:20 St Werburghs City Farm
12:30 Hamilton House

Second run
Pick up 12:30 Hamilton house,
12:40 St Werburghs City Farm,
12:50 East side roots
1.00 Feed Bristol
1.05 Sims Hill

Return from 2.00 Sims Hill
2.05 Feed Bristol
2.15 Eastside roots
2:25 St Werburghs City Farm
2.35 Hamilton House

Third run
Pick up 2.35 Hamilton house,
2:45 St Werburghs City Farm,
2:55 East side roots
3.05 Feed Bristol

Return from 4.00 Feed Bristol
4.10 Eastside roots
4:20 St Werburghs City Farm
4.30 Hamilton House

If any issues please contact Matt: 07853066010