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The Farm is BACK! — August 2021 Newsletter

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We’re OPEN!

After over a year of closed doors to the general public, we’re now OPEN on Saturdays to Thursdays (Fridays closed), from 9AM - 5PM.

Put us in your diary and make plans to visit with friends and family…


Animal News from Farmer Bill

Did you know that sheep are Farmer Bill’s favourite animal?

Yes, he confessed, and we have it on film… just don’t tell the other animals!

Watch this breathtaking video about the Farm’s Small-holding, produced for Alive on Demand by Alive Activities, who generously made it public for all of us to watch too.

It gives you a pretty good idea about the animals currently onsite. The only new arrivals we’ve had since this video, are a flock of goslings.


Newsletter Highlight: the Advocate Process

Following the Farm’s Equity Report by Manu Maunganidze, Rhian Grant and Esme Worrell in October 2020 — which explored the barriers to access urban farms for diverse communities, and presented possible solutions — we called on the community to help us.

Building on this report and on lessons learned during 2020, it was time to reassess our strategy for the future.

So back in February 2021, under the guidance of Ladders4Action we began the search for 10 community 'advocates', who would help us envision a strategy to become a welcoming place to all communities and cultures and to connect with and empower local people in their own work.

We recruited advocates who could act as representatives of diverse communities. From local residents, young or disabled people and parents, to ethnic minority communities, LGBTQ+ individuals and people with mental health or accessibility issues.

Finally in April 2021 the advocates began to meet, study, work and hold weekly sessions.

The 10 initial sessions were held over a space of more than 3 months and have been a journey followed by spin-off sessions to go even deeper, with only one session remaining.

The outcomes of this process will help us:

  • redefine our organisational vision
  • inform the development of our next 3-year operational plan
  • and create a mechanism and model for sustained and meaningful community stakeholder consultation

The new strategy will be inclusive of diverse voices in our local community and will lead the Farm towards becoming a more adaptable organisation — able to respond to the unprecedented times we find ourselves in.

Once we know what we’ll be about, we’ll make sure to let you know too!


St Werburghs City Farm signs statement against the Nationality and Borders Bill

Read and sign joint statement led by Bristol City of Sanctuary

The Farm has signed a joint statement initiated by Bristol City of Sanctuary, standing up to a Bill that threatens the very Human Right to seek Sanctuary.

Anyone who’s been forced to leave their home escaping war, persecution, or natural disaster, deserves Sanctuary.

The new Nationality and Borders Bill is cruel, divisive, and will serve to punish - not protect - people seeking asylum.

This Bill needs to be challenged and not just by organisations, by individuals just like you as well.

If you don't know where to start or what to do, check out the new resources that Asylum Matters have helpfully created to help you campaign against the bill.

Please also sign Bristol City of Sanctuary’s statement. You can sign the joint statement as an organisation, as an individual, or as both…


Propagation Place newsbites: from Summer to Autumn

The Propagation Place is SWCF’s vibrant community business that provides volunteering and educational opportunities in organic vegetable growing, and is almost entirely funded by online and local sales of vegetable plug plants from April to October.

The project is based around the ‘propagation’ of plants (growing plants from seeds or cuttings).

The Propagation team has 6 members: Ali (Project Manager), Siwan (Project Officer), Ash (Admin Assistant), Teo, Jaz and Oscar (Project Assistants who joined via the government’s Kickstart scheme).

Our aim is to support our local food system and to encourage people to grow their own food.

  • Our wonderful, hardworking team have sent out around 40,000 plug plants to more than a thousand homes all over Bristol and as far as Northern Ireland and the Outer Hebrides.
  • The “Propagation Crew” concluded summer orders and was sending over 200 single plant plug orders a week (some with over 100 plant plugs in them).
  • Autumn and Winter orders are now open
  • An Online Course for Beginner Gardeners will soon be available to our volunteers and via our online shop.
  • We’re really proud to continue with an ‘excellent’ customer rating on TrustPilot of 4.8 out of 5!
  • We’ve been working hard to make our website, www.propagationplace.co.uk, really accessible by using language that’s easy to understand, adding lots of growing tips, and talking about seasonal growing to get you inspired via social media.

Join Zero Hour – it's time to pass the CEE Bill!

Parliament declared a Climate Emergency back in 2019 – but actions haven’t matched their words. An emergency requires strong, decisive action to reverse the climate and ecological crisis.

We need a serious plan to tackle the climate-nature emergency.

So Back in April we publicly gave our support to the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill Alliance.

Why?

Because civil society needs to throw its weight behind a Bill that is designed specifically to reverse the climate and ecological breakdown we're facing.

Drafted by scientists, legal experts, ecological economists and environmentalists, the CEE Bill needs your backing as an individual and as an organisation.

Tabled by Caroline Lucas MP (Green), the Bill now has support of 114 MPs across 8 political parties, representing England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

We can use the levers of government power that already exist to protect the future of life on earth. This CEE Bill is a proposal for a new law to tackle the climate and ecological emergency.

Sign up below to get the latest on the Zero Hour campaign, tips and workshops for getting involved in lobbying your MP and local authority. The campaign also provides a platform for you to tell us what works in your area, so let us know what you're doing to help push for the CEE Bill.

Join Zero Hourask your MP to back the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill. #CEEBILL


Essential community organisations continue their work at the Farm

Services that were coming to an end of cycle due to funding have been able to secure alternative monetary sources and are continuing their amazing work in partnership with St Werburghs City Farm.

Greenspace Project for Refugees and Asylum Seekers by Bristol Mind

Next Thursday August 12th the Farm welcomes you for a TASTER SESSION of Bristol Mind's Greenspace project from 12PM - 3PM at BOILING WELLS.

Free food will be available from 1PM thanks to 91 Ways to Build a Global City, surrounded by wildlife and nature.

This free lunch and learn, is for staff and volunteers working with Refugee and Asylum seekers.

If you have a client or member you would like to bring along, they would be most welcome.

BristolMind will share the activities and approach they adopt, to support Asylum seekers and Refugees mental health and general wellbeing in their Greenspace group every Thursday from 12PM to 4PM.

You can also learn about the other services that can accessed at St Werburghs City Farm.

No need to book, but it'd be great if you can drop Bristol Mind a text on 07377 877303 with your name and organisation and how many will attend.

Any questions, please email liz.sorapure@bristolmind.org.uk.

Liz and Kamal from Bristol Mind and Jen and the team at St Werburghs City Farm.

Houria’s Afro Vegan Friday Feast

The ‘Sisters’ from Houria have been cooking at the Farm every Friday for several months… and we’re so thrilled that they’ll continue!

Houria offers training, safe employment and a sense of belonging to migrant women in this Bristol-based, Pan-African catering social enterprise.

Houria means freedom, and that is what they seek to accomplish; elevating the freedom and well-being of migrant women and female survivors of slavery.

Order your Friday Feast on Thursdays before 10PM by text to 07377 059699 with these details: name, order, quantity of feasts, choice of main, delivery or collection and optional tip amount.

Houria are also active Anti-Racist and Anti-Slavery practitioners.

They help to educate and guide others in their practice of Allyship and Activism.

They provide training and consultation in Anti-Racism and Modern Slavery Awareness for organisations, leaders and individuals.

Each feast costs £15 per person and is cooked in collaboration with African refugee women.

If you tip Houria when you pay, you will be supporting the project, helping fund training and support for the women who have crafted and cooked your meal.


Outlandish Nights: Concert Series at Boiling Wells’ Amphitheatre

Starting on the last Friday of August there’ll be a summer series of Folk and Roots events in Boiling Wells’ majestic outdoor amphitheatre.

The line-up features some of the best that the Folk Scene has to offer.

Bring Your Own Booze and picnic to dine under the canopy of Boiling Well's food forest.


2021 Summer Camp

There's still a couple of spaces left for our 2021’s Summer Camp for 6 - 11 year olds!

It takes place between August 16th - 20th...

The Farm has a new voice…

My name’s Julio and I joined the Farm just over 3 months ago. I’m lending my voice over social media, helping with comms, outreach, storytelling and a couple of other tricks I got under my sleeve.

Hopefully you’ve noticed and enjoyed the addition… so far!

If you got any feedback or suggestions, please simply reply to this email with them 😊.

In the meantime, I got a favour to ask: now that we’re making an effort to give monthly updates via our Newsletter, please share this link so that more can sign up to it!

A great way to share the link is over WhatsApp or by forwarding this email to your family and friends.

¡Gracias y hasta la próxima!


If you made it all the way down here…

As a charity we rely on the support of our donors and funders.

Your donations enable us to offer targeted activities for those most in need within our communities and to maintain green spaces for people, farm animals and wildlife accessible to all.

We’re extremely grateful for one off donations of any size, however the best way to support the Farm is to become a regular monthly donor.

This allows us to better plan for the future and support the ongoing needs of our community.


And… what else?

In case you’re wondering, what’s the rest of the Farm team up to?

You’ll have to wait until our next newsletter for that…

Until then: be the change you want to see!



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