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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.

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

December 9, 2016

Sims Hill Mourns the Passing of Long-Time Supporter and Bristol Gardener Cristina Crossingham

cristinaSims Hill is shocked and saddened by the unexpected passing of our dear friend and supporter Cristina Crossingham. Cristina, who has coordinated the Easton Community Garden for many years, has also supported and encouraged the growth of Sims Hill since our first public meeting in 2010. Cristina was a beloved and respected voice at many of our members’ meetings. Our thoughts go out to Cristina’s family at this very sad time.

Chris Sunderland, Chair of Sims Hill, had this to say:

Cris Crossingham was a person whose goodness was woven deeply into her heart.  To be with her was to be at peace and it is to that peace we commend her.

We echo the words of Easton Community Garden, posted on their Facebook page:

All of us at Easton Community Garden are terribly shocked and sad at the loss of our Co-ordinator, Cristina Crossingham, who died last week. Not only have we lost an inspirational woman and dear friend, but also her wealth of knowledge and experience of gardening. Wherever we look in the garden, we see her hand, her intelligence and her kindness.

Cristina welcomed and guided everyone who came to the garden, and always knew who to call in for larger projects. After the fire in June, the Good Gym did brilliant work, directed by her.

Cristina led us in understanding that a garden goes through many phases and changes. This will be a new and different phase for Easton Community Garden, the latest since its creation in 2001. Volunteers old and new, of any experience level, are welcome as always to drop in and join us every Thursday from 11am. Thanks to Cristina, the garden is in fantastic shape, and all her fellow volunteers are as dedicated to it as ever.

Thank you Cristina, from all of us.

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!

August 3, 2016

Come Join our Team!

workdaySims Hill is hiring for 2 exciting new positions!

Education Worker
Sims Hill Shared Harvest is seeking an Education Worker to work approximately one day per week at the Feed Bristol site. You will be responsible for working with schools so as to invite children from disadvantaged areas of the city to visit the farm for a series of days and to lead activities that will encourage an appreciation of nature in relation to food and food growing. This will include a simple outdoor meal.

This role will suit someone who

  • has experience of working with children in a natural environment
  • can design, plan and deliver a variety of such days
  • can create and manage relationships with schools
  • is aware of, and able to deal professionally with, relevant health and safety issues
  • has an interest in food and food growing as a means to education

You will be accountable, on a day to day basis, to the Farm Manager and also report to the Chair of Directors.

You will be paid at the rate of £12 per hour for an 8 hour day for a maximum 40 weeks per year (self-employed) or may be employed at an equivalent rate.

Applications on no more than two sides of A4, stating why this role interests you and why you think you are suited to it, may be sent to the secretary, Kristin Sponsler, by August 17th 2016 using the email ).

Community Worker
Sims Hill Shared Harvest is seeking a Community worker to work one day per week (Thursdays) at the Feed Bristol site. You will be responsible for working with referral agencies to invite vulnerable people to join a ‘community of health and well-being’ that gathers at the farm on Thursdays and offers work experience, a meal together and the opportunity to order free or subsidised food. You will manage this gathering, oversee the cooking of a meal and the distribution and ordering of food  through Real Economy Co-operative.

This role will suit someone who

  • relates well to people who are in difficult circumstances
  • has an interest in food and food growing as a means to social cohesion
  • recognises the importance of community life to our health and well-being

You will be responsible, on a day to day basis, to the Farm Manager and also report to the Chair of Directors.

You will be paid at the rate of £12 per hour for an 8 hour day for 50 weeks per year (self-employed) or employed at an equivalent rate.

Applications on no more than two sides of A4, stating why this role interests you and why you think you are suited to it, may be sent to the secretary, Kristin Sponsler, by August 17th 2016 using the email