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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.

November 30, 2016

Sims Hill needs a Finance Manager!

526px-mechanical_calculating_machineThis is a voluntary position on the Board to support the business.


This role with involve working closely with the Farm Manager and Chair of the Board to manage the overall finances of the business, including the grant funded projects.

This will include:

  • Developing budgets and business plans
  • Regular monitoring of income and spend compared to business plans
  • Reporting to the Board on the financial position.
  • Advising the bookkeeper where necessary on how to account for projects within the accounting package.
  • Liaising with the external accountant for the year end accounts.

Skills needed:

  • Financial and Business experience
  • Good Communication
  • Experience of financial accounting packages and Excel


  • Accounting experience
  • Experience of Quick Books
  • Knowledge of vegetable growing projects and challenges of this sector.

The book keeping and financial administration is not part of this role.

Please respond to with an expression of interest and summary of qualifications.

Image credit: Wikipedia

September 16, 2016

Next Members’ Meeting 28th September!


Greetings to all of our members!

It has been a while since we have had a proper members’ meeting, and while we hope you have all saved the date of 28th September from previous communications, we are now able to tell you what is actually going to happen. This is going to be an informative and inspiring meeting to let you know about our exciting plans for our new grant-funded community and educational projects, potential crowdfunding around buying much-needed tools and equipment, and also giving you the chance to input into our farming plans for the future. In other words, your chance to tell us what veg you want to eat next year!

When: Wednesday, 28th September from 7:30 to 9:30 pm

Where: St. Werburghs Community Centre. See map here.

Light refreshments will be provided Please bring-and-share cake!


Launching of our 2 new grant-funded programmes:  This part of the meeting will be led by Chris Sunderland, who will explain about the Real Food Club and associated community work, and Kirsty Philbrook, our new Education worker, who will introduce how she will be working with school groups.

Short group activity around slogans for our autumn crowdfunder: We want to know what you love about Sims Hill in some short and pithy phrases that will inspire people to help us upgrade our tools and equipment so we can grow ever better veg.

Growing update and member survey led by Miriam Schoen: This is your opportunity to tell our Farm Manager what you want to eat next year!

December 18, 2015

Sims Hill is Recruiting for a Farm Manager!

We are recruiting for a Farm Manager to start in January 2016 to help take our CSA to the next level and support our growing team, workshares and volunteers to deliver fresh, local, and tasty veg for Bristol!

Job Title: Farm Manager (interim)
Position Type: 4 days a week for 6 months [with the intention to extend the position beyond]
Status: self-employed
Pay rate: £10/hour
Closing date for applications: January 22nd 2016.

We are seeking applicants for a new post of Farm Manager to manage the CSA and wholesale enterprise. The role would start ASAP 2016.

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September 24, 2015

2 Exciting Workshop Offers Coming Up 30th September!

We want to let you know about two brilliant workshops that are coming up on Wednesday September 30th. They’ve been arranged to be on the same day, but at different times so people can do both and have a day.

Wheel hoe making workshop

Evening of September 30th
At Bristol Bike Project
To find out more and book contact Bruce at Sims Hill by emailing

Interested in low-tech growing/farming solutions? The wheel hoe is a tool that revolutionised the ease and efficiency of weeding and managing a market garden, or sizeable piece of land, when they came about a hundred years ago. In that time the design has barely changed but the price has, with a new one these days costing the best part of £500, making it sometimes prohibitively expensive.

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June 21, 2015

What’s that in my veg? It’s a history of Landworkers’ rights, of course!

How did the food system get into the state it’s in, and why do we need alternative food economies?

To find out, we decided to team up with Edible Futures to unravel the story of the rights of growers, peasants and landworkers throughout the ages, up until the present day.

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March 22, 2015

Calling all Members!

Help us grow the Sims Hill Community this Spring

It’s Isobel here, your new Recruitment Manager calling – excited to make 2015 the year that we grow our membership just as well as we grow our veg!

This Easter Holiday we will be popping up with a Plant Potting Picnic at two great springtime events to talk about how much we love Sims Hill… and provide seed-sewing satisfaction for young and old.

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February 11, 2015

Bristol Seed Swap is Crossing the Road!

Bristol Seed Swap will take place this Saturday 21st Feb as planned at the different venue of


Frenchay Park Road, Bristol BS16 1HY

12 – 5pm this Saturday

you can expect all the usual attractions including….

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November 4, 2014

Autumn Greetings from Sims Hill!

We hope that you are having a pleasant and productive Autumn season! As our head grower, James Adamson said the other day, this is the best year ever for our Sims Hill veg! Harvest highlights include a glut of succulent squash, some sweet-tasting sweet corn, and our revolutionary rocket.

Our lovely veg have also become staple ingredients in some “Moveable Feasts” catered by the Bristol Hospitality Network, most recently as part of the final Seeds, Soil, and Social Change Workshop at the University of Bristol. Read more about this innovative project on their website. You can see people enjoying the meal, including the killer “Sims Hill bhajis” (pictured on the left).

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July 22, 2013

The day we skinned the polytunnel!

The day we put the skin on the polytunnel at Sims Hill was the hottest day of the year! (so far…)

First of all it’s the Ballet of the Big Shorts as our plucky volunteers get ready to throw the gigantic sheet of plastic over the frame

and it’s over! Now what do we do?

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