Archive for September, 2012

September 24, 2012

Bristol Food Policy Council asks Bristol: How do we scale up urban agriculture?

How do we scale up urban agriculture in Bristol?: a roundtable discussion

Date: 3 October, 6 to 8 pm

Venue: Co-exist, Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY

Facilitators: Shannon Smith of Avon Organic and Joy Carey, author of Who Feeds Bristol?

Participants:

Misty Tunks of Knowle West Media Centre and the Elm project on using technology to link growers and their markets

Keith Cowling of Ashley Vale Allotment Association on the barriers to setting-up urban agriculture projects

Rebecca Marshall of the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens on their Community Land Advisory Service toolkit for urban agriculture start-ups

Tim Lawrence of Sims Hill Shared Harvest on urban agriculture and climate change

Mike Lloyd-Jones of the Bristol Pound Farm Link Scheme on developing local markets with the Bristol Pound and the Farmlink scheme

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September 17, 2012

Narrative Agenda for the next open Members’ Meeting 25th September, 2012

To be held at 7.30pm at Horfield Meeting House, 300 Gloucester Road, BS7 8PD

This is an open members’ meeting, so please bring along any of your friends and neighbours who might be interested in learning more about Sims Hill, and especially in how we plan to move the project forward!

1. Update on growing, membership and finance
The vegetables in the glasshouse continue to flourish and yield in abundance, and we are in the process of agreeing another year of use with Feed Bristol, so that is great. The leeks, cabbages, kale, cauliflowers, and broccoli have survived that vulnerable time of being transplanted to the field, so that is a relief. On the downside, there are very few carrots and potatoes and no onions to harvest, which is serious.

It has been extremely difficult to get anything done in the field this year, which also explains why there have been no community work days – the field has been that wet.

Community celebrations have been quiet this year (our next Community Celebration is on Saturday October 13th!). We have held steady around the 40 shares (60 households) mark now for quite some time. We had planned to grow to 60 shares by July, so our income now is down against the budget. We have managed to keep our expenditure lower than budgeted so far but we have little reserves to draw on, so this is also concerning.

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