Archive for January, 2017

January 30, 2017

Sims Hill School Work Update 30 January, 2017

snowdrop-1025050_960_720We’re excited that the first shoots of spring are sprouting their heads out the ground – we’ve already seen the first snowdrops!

With the growth around we’re also growing what we have to offer schools to learn about food growing. We’ve devised an early years programme to immerse children in the field and deepen their understanding of the world. We have our first bookings coming in and look forward to welcoming more schools in soon.

We’re pleased to be able to support schools to achieve their ‘Bristol Healthy Schools Mayor’s award’ by helping schools with their food culture and food growing (Standards 9-11).  They’ve recently launched their ‘Sugar Smart’ programme which we endorse and think eating locally grown seasonal food can help support people to reduce their sugar intake.

Watch this space for more info about our early years programme.

Get in touch with Kirsty at for more info.

January 13, 2017

Sims Hill Schools Work Update

children-working-with-clayWe are excited to start the new year ready for schools to come and learn all about seasonal healthy food.

Primary schools can come for day visits on themes of their choice – from soil to nutrition, field tours to harvesting and cooking and much more besides. See our flyer for more info.

We are also offering a limited number of FREE outreach sessions – classroom workshops or assemblies – on the theme of ‘Plot to Plate – where’s our food from?’

If you’re a teacher or a parent – please let your school know about these opportunities so your kids can benefit too.

Looking forward to lots of workshops with earthy hands and enquiring young minds in 2017!

Get in touch with Kirsty at for more info.

January 11, 2017

Community Food Centre Update

Volunteer day March 2016Happy New Year from The Sims Hill Community Food Centre – we are now back from the break and ready for some serious vegetable growing and cooking in 2017!

We have been weeding out old crops, discarding the old cabbages and making space for the new seedlings to come in the Spring.  We have been sowing seeds and tidying the greenhouse – even on the frosty days nothing stops us! We keep ourselves warm by cooking on the outdoor fire overlooking the garden. Over the past few weeks we have made a root vegetable curry and pumpkin stew with mashed celeriac. This week we are planning to make a meal with local and home-grown veggies and pasta ordered from the Real Economy Co-op.

Three volunteers have committed their time to come and help and we have had three agencies make referrals over the past month. We are growing, as well as the veggies – but there are still places available for those that could benefit from the project. Let us know if you are a referral agency that works with an individual who would like to be part of our community and is in need to access to fresh, local produce. Or perhaps it could be your perfect volunteering opportunity for 2017?

January 9, 2017

Sims Hill is Recruiting for an Outreach Coordinator!

Greetings to all of our members!

To help Sims Hill continue to grow and thrive in the coming year, we are hiring a recruitment coordinator on a temporary contract through 2017. The job description and how to apply for the recruitment role can be found below. The application deadline is 25th January. Please pass this opportunity on to anyone you think may be interested.

Member Recruitment Coordinator for Sims Hill Shared Harvest
Part-time at 16 hours a month
Status: Self-employed
Rate: £7.60 per hour
One-year contract
Closing date for applications 25 January 2017.

Sims Hill Shared Harvest (SHSH), one of Bristol’s exciting local food projects, is looking for someone to help recruit new members.

About Sims Hill
Sims Hill Shared Harvest is a community supported agriculture scheme (CSA). We use natural growing methods and permaculture principles to produce high quality vegetables for the people of Bristol. Sims Hill is in Frenchay, just two miles from Bristol city centre and is part of Bristol’s Blue Finger.

The veg is delivered to pick up points across the city where members collect their weekly share. It’s similar to a veg box scheme, but instead of paying directly for veg, members pay a monthly fee to cover the running costs of the business. For this commitment they get a regular weekly share of the harvest.

Sims Hill also offers opportunities for education, work and recreation, supports people who are socially or economically marginalised, and builds community by creating a relationship between food and its production.

About the Role:
In 2017 we need to grow our harvest share membership. We’re looking for someone who will help us achieve this goal using a variety of means including public engagement, working with our existing members to brainstorm new recruiting ideas, social media, blog posts, etc. Help us tell our story!

This role will report to the Sims Hill Board.

About You:

  • You love talking to people
  • You are passionate about local food and community growing projects
  • You are very comfortable in a sales role
  • You are a self-starter with good time management skills
  • You are organised and able to work with our admin team to ensure that all
  • leads are followed up
  • You can direct and/or work with volunteers/Sims Hill members to
  • organise outreach efforts
  • You can commit to some weekend work as needed

If you are interested in speaking to someone about this opportunity, please email with your contact details and a CV cover letter detailing relevant experience.

The Sims Hill team