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July 11, 2017

The Busy Month of June: Schools Project Update

June was a busy month for the Education project, engaging with lots of young people on and offsite.

We had a visits from Wallscourt Farm Primary Year 3 classes who delved into the fascinating subjects of seeds and plant families. They were very excited and curious and survived their visit on one of the hottest days of the year, cooling off under the sprinklers!

The local Young Carer’s group came one weekend for a day of harvesting, cooking and feasting. Young people learnt new cooking skills and recipes which some said they were excited to go home and share with their families. South Glos Young Carer’s network fed back what a ‘fantastically interesting, fun and supportive day it was for young people who really need a day out’.

We were part of The Festival of Nature’s School day in Millenium Square., sharing the mystery and magic of soil with lots of children from Bristol schools.

It’s been great to share Sims Hill site and produce with so many people. We are still looking for more bookings – so do get in touch if you know any schools/groups interested?

Kirsty on

July 4, 2017

Why eating locally matters – talk


We are pleased to announce our next Sims Hill Community Food Centre event: ‘Why eating locally matters’ – Thursday 13th July, 12:30-2pm, Feed Bristol, Frenchay Park Road, BS16 1HB Bristol, United Kingdom.

A delicious meal cooked on an open fire and an interesting discussion…what could be a better way to spend a Thursday lunchtime? Steph Wetherell from Real Economy will be joining the members of Sims Hill Community Food Centre to lead an informal discussion about why eating local produce matters. We will be exploring ideas such as health, sustainability and the true cost of fresh produce. Steph is a local food expert – working for Bristol Food Producers, organised the Food Connections conference and also does freelance writing.

The meal will be vegan, locally sourced and cooked by our volunteers…and free – though donations are welcomed and encouraged.

Everyone is welcome – please RSVP on eventbrite so we can estimate numbers for catering.

June 12, 2017

Building Sustainable Food Systems

Come and join our us for a talk about building sustainable food systems over a tasty and locally sourced vegan lunch this Thursday, cooked by our volunteers from the Community Food Centre on the open fire. Patrick, founder of Upcycled Mushrooms will be facilitating the discussion and telling us a little about his experience of starting a growing business in Bristol.
Please RSVP confirm your attendance so we know how many to cook for:
The event is free but a donation for ingredients would be appreciated.
Everyone welcome!

Thursday 15th June, 1pm-2:30pm

May 24, 2017

Looking at Food ‘From Plot to Plate’ at a local Primary School

Sims Hill education project recently engaged with 60 year 1s at Christchurch Primary School in Hanham. Children got happily stuck into all the activities, from understanding soil, seeds and plant cycles to tasting garden peas and salad leaves and flowers. We looked at the latest Sims Hill veg box and what we could cook with it while children got acquainted with some new vegetables including ‘snippers’ (parsnips!) and ‘brutes’ (beetroots!).

Thank you to all the pupils and teachers for their enthusiasm.

April 28, 2017

Re-imagining the Future

Join Chris Sunderland (Real Economy, Agora, Sims Hill Shared Harvest) and the members of the Sims Hill Community Food Centre on Thursday 4th May for lunch and explore ideas about how we can think about the future in a more imaginative and progressive way. During this time of political disarray we need to remind ourselves about the direction we would like to take our lifestyles and livelihoods which will have a positive affect on those around us.
We will share a vegetarian lunch together between 12:30 and 1pm, cooked by the members of the Community Food Centre on the open fire. Chris will then facilitate a discussion which will last approximately an hour. Visitors will have a chance to find out more about the project and go on a tour of the Feed Bristol site after 2pm if they would like to stay.
Donations for the lunch would be appreciated but not an obligation. Please RSVP on facebook or email if you would like to attend so we know how many to cater for.



April 14, 2017

Seeds Sewn with Local School

Three reception classes from Begbrook Primary came to the Sims Hill to learn more about seeds as part of their topic on food last term.

Children explored the site, tasted (and mostly loved!) winter salad leaves, dissected seeds and got to grips with their different parts, before planting a variety of vegetable seeds to take away to grow in a new productive plot in their school grounds.

The sun shone, children were really excited and engaged and a local parent helper said, ‘It was a great trip! I can’t believe so much goes on behind the gates and we never knew before. It’s good for the children to see it and learn where their food comes from. Thank you!’.

February 24, 2017

Sims Hill AGM 28th February!

tractorThe Sims Hill AGM will be held at 7:30 pm 28th February at St. Werburghs Community Centre, Horley Rd, Bristol, BS2 9TJ

Light refreshments (and great cake!) will be served.

We are very much looking forward to sharing with you all the exciting things that have been happening to us in the last year. Sims Hill is on the move! We have added new social projects, held our first crowdfunder, hired a new Membership Coordinator, and are now in the midst of recruiting an Assistant Grower. And of course, concentrating on growing more and higher-quality veg for you all while we are at it.


Presenting of the 2016 accounts

Election of the Board: This year Kristin Sponsler and Simone Osborn will be standing down from the Board as per our articles, and will also be standing for reelection. We still have space for 1 harvest share member and 1 supporter member to stand. If any one would like to stand for the Board, please write to with a brief bio in the next few days so we can announce this before the meeting.

Grower update: Farm Manager Miriam Schoen will report on the farming highlights of the last year, her new growing plans for the next one, and how she plans on using our new tractor!

Education project update from Kirsty Philbrick

Sims Hill Community Food Centre project update from Laurie King

Our new Membership Recruitment Coordinator Alice Lee will tell us her plans for recruitment for the year ahead and how you can all get involved.

Hope to see you the there!

The Sims Hill team


February 23, 2017

Come and find out more about the Education Project!

veg-face-winnerLast week we joined up with the Real Economy  community food event in Southmead where residents got together to watch the film Ratatouille and cooked up a delicious seasonal ratatouille and other healthy snacks. Thank you to Tasha of Real Economy and everyone else who helped organise this event.

We’re inviting groups of families with children in Southmead to come and visit us to find out more about veg growing and get involved with harvesting and cooking up a nutritious dish. Please get in touch with Kirsty ( if you’re a Southmead resident who’s interested, or know someone who might be.

We held a ‘veg with a face’ competition for children to win a veg box, seasonal recipe and Real Economy Real Food Club Gift Voucher.

The lucky winner was Kayla (pictured above) and the runner up was Lisa.  We got in touch with them today and hope to deliver their prizes next week. See all the children’s fab drawings below.


February 10, 2017

Sims Hill is Recruiting for an Assistant Grower!

We are now recruiting for an Assistant Grower to help our Farm Manager, Miriam Schoen, keep producing even more amazing local veg for our members.

Job Title: Assistant Grower – Sims Hill Shared Harvest, Bristol
Position Type: 3 days a week for 6 months [with the intention to extend the position beyond]
Status: employed
Pay rate: the post is paid at a full time salary rate of £16,600, so 3/5 time will be paid a total of
£9,960 per annum (or £191 per week).
Closing date for applications: February 28, 2017.

The complete job spec can be found here. If interested, please send a cover letter detailing relevant experience and a CV to by 28th February, 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.