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The People Want to Grow! — September 2021 Newsletter

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Calling local groups!

If your organisation had access to a "Community Allotment", how would you enable more people who don't have access to land, to grow food, connect to nature and to each other?

There's a very long waiting list — 6 years — to have an individual plot, so along Ashely Vale Allotment Association (AVAA) we're creating a 'Community Plot' for local community groups.

Submit your application by Monday October 11th, 12PM (noon) for a chance to take meaningful action along those at most need whilst raising awareness on food security and sovereignty, the ecological and social issues around our food systems, and help inspire and educate our community to grow more food.


18 - 25 year olds: Autumn's FREE 12 Week Outdoor Wellbeing + Practical Skills Course starts Monday September 27th!

Join our next 12 week Outdoor, Wellbeing & Practical Skills Course at Boiling Wells Conservation Site and Food Forest.

It's FREE and begins Monday 27th September between 11AM - 3PM.

The course combines gentle wellbeing practices with outdoor skills such as growing vegetables, fire lighting, green woodworking, charcoal making, harvesting and making herbal medicine and much more.

To apply and be offered a space, please submit this form ASAP: www.swcityfarm.co.uk/volunteer-interest-form/.

The form can also be filled out on-site or if you have any questions email getinvolved@swcityfarm.co.uk or call 01179428241.


Current Vacancy — Propagation Place Manager (Maternity Cover)

A drop in session to find more about this role and about the Farm will be held online over zoom (Meeting ID: 825 3883 7161, Passcode: 146006) on Wednesday September 15th, 2PM - 3:30PM. For more information about the role, or the drop-in session, please email office@swcityfarm.co.uk or call 01179428241.

Job Description: GO HERE!

Contract Type: Maternity Cover, 1-year fixed term.

Salary: Starting salary of £23,080, pro rata, per annum, paid monthly.

Hours of work: Part-time, starting at 22.5 hours per week over winter, rising to 30 hours from March 2022 to October 2022. This may include evening and weekend work.

Location: This role is based at St Werburghs City Farm in Bristol however some homeworking will be available where appropriate. The Office is a dog-friendly workplace.

Probationary period: The appointment will be subject to a probationary period of 6 weeks.

Application deadline: 9AM, Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021.

Interviews: Thursday September 30th.

Start Date: Monday November 1st.

References: All appointments will be confirmed only upon receipt of satisfactory references.

You will need to have a DBS for this role, or have one completed at the Farm.

If applying to any of our vacancies, please email your COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM to office@swcityfarm.co.uk by the stated deadline.

All candidates are also asked to complete an anonymous equalities form here.


Last weeks to savour Houria's Summer Menu!

Days are getting shorter and there's a CHILL in the air... which can only mean one thing — autumn's coming!

So there's only a couple of weeks left to enjoy our FIRE SUMMER FRIDAY FEAST before our menu changes again to reflect the seasons.

To order, text 07377 059699 before 10PM on Thursday.

Houria are simply amazing and if you needed another reason to offer them your patronage, here's a message from this group of amazing women:

"Did you know that 22 of the world's richest men own more wealth than all of the women of Afrika combined? That's not just a feminist issue. 70% of the world's modern slavery victims are women and girls. This ultimately harms everyone. When women are allowed to obtain money they recirculate their resources at a rate of 5 times their male counterparts, across the world. Empowered women empower everyone.

At Houria we are doing our bit to empower women survivors to joyfully earn, create and grow in a place that often forgets, dismisses, excludes. We are here to enable the HOURIA - the freedom of our Sisters, as well as ourselves. Through sharing and feasting WE are the beneficiaries of friendship and talent! 'Feminism is for Everybody'

— Bell Hooks

Updates from the "Supported Farming & Green Care" Team

Volunteer watering plants in a greenhouse at St Werburghs City Farm

Placements for adults with learning difficulties are available again within our gardening sessions from Mondays to Wednesdays (mornings, afternoons, or whole days). Participants have fun, meet new friends and help with farming tasks that increase their self confidence and sense of independence. We offer a free taster session before committing. If you know anyone who would benefit from this, contact garden@swcityfarm.co.uk for more information.

Just as every month, GoodGym visited to help maintain the Community Garden on Mina Road. This is one of the sites where we work with vulnerable adults to grow vegetables. 13 runners attended last month! They run to the garden, do charitable physical work for an hour and then run to the pub! It’s truly amazing how much can be one in an hour by a group of people making a huge difference to our community.

We've began to pilot an animal assisted therapy scheme with our participants. Everyone who comes to our sessions, whether it's gardening or animal care, gets to spend some time with the Farm animals.  Spending time grooming goats can reduce levels of anxiety and isolation, and promote calmness and confidence! Establishing meaningful relationships within the care of the animals is another integral part of this pilot scheme.

Vegetables grown by our participants in the Community Garden were donated for a Women Elders’ Community Feast last week. The Farm partnered with Houria CIC to put this on and Kim Prado of Houria cooked a great meal for this free event at Boiling Wells.


Some of the Farm's team members... apologies to all of those missing but it's very difficult to get all of us together!

As most organisations out there, Covid-19 has significantly disrupted the income we rely on to deliver our services.

For two years in a row we haven't been able to run our largest fundraising event, the Summer Fair at St Werburghs City Farm, as well as most of the Farm's well known seasonal events.

Income from donations, site hire, training, school / group visits and placement fees have all been impacted.

Governments budgets to support the third sector have also been reduced and application processes to access grant funds are each time more competitive.

Being a charity isn't easy these days.

But yet we've found ways to move forward and continue doing our very best every single day because we believe in what we do.

Our team is extremely dedicated, knowledgable, experienced and passionate about connecting people to land, nature, food and each other, specially those at most need within our communities.

And we could be doing even more with your generous financial help.

Please support us to continue inspiring and educating more members within our communities and delivering carefully designed programmes that build skills and knowledge, and increase well-being and self-esteem, especially amongst community members experiencing difficulties, at a disadvantage, oppressed or marginalised.


Bristol's Get Growing Garden Trail is BACK!

After the 2020 event was cancelled, Bristol Food Network’s Get Growing Trail returns in its ninth year for a harvest-themed weekend with 22 of Bristol’s fruit and vegetable gardens throwing open their gates on 18th and 19th September. The Trail offers the perfect opportunity for families and friends to explore the city’s community allotments, orchards, smallholdings, mini market gardens, city farms and productive parks in a safe way.

On both days the Farm's Small-holding will be open to the general public from 9AM - 5PM (Saturdays to Thursdays) and meals will be available at the City Farm Café (10AM - 4PM) as usual.

Volunteers at the border of Boiling Wells Orchard

On Saturday September 18th from 10AM - 2PM, staff from the Farm will also be joining the #GetGrowingTrail and LOCAL ARTISTS are invited to showcase and sell their artwork DURING THE ENTIRE WEEKEND (contact us if you're interested) — with ecological / social justice / food growing / land access motives — at the following sites:

  • Propagation PlaceOpens in a new window: will be offering on-site sales of vegetable plug plants, a tour of our beautiful organic community garden project and the option to learn about sowing and caring for seedlings from one of our experienced staff members. Plant sales will be available over the whole weekend but if you want more specific info about plants being sold, you should come during the staffed hours for the Get Growing Trail.
  • The Community Garden on Mina Road (seeds will be for sale) and the Boiling Wells Conservation Site (orchard plus food forest and open-air amphitheatre) are great sites for a picnic, to connect with nature and to see productive food systems in place that also provide habitat to wildlife and green spaces for humans.
djembello, creator of the Farm's Tyre Rooster, will displaying more of his work at the same site where the Tyre Rooster still lives: The Community Garden on Mina Road. His exhibition is titled: "Undergrounded speculations about the nature of bees."

Bring your surplus to St Werburghs City Farm Café

We've been pickling and preserving ourselves and all the lovely allotment and Farm produce.

Running a restaurant is normally quite challenging but in these times even more so.

Schedule changes and last minute closures are now common in the hospitality industry. One can only take all the safety precautions, go with the flow and hope for the best.

But what hasn't changed at the City Farm Cafe, is the team's passion to support organic, fair-trade and wild food systems.

Specially if they're local ones.

If you have the privilege to grow food nearby, local allotment holders are encouraged to trade surplus in return for something to eat, preserved or to drink. 

Now that's a beautiful example of what a circular economy that's good for people and planet looks like... if only everyone had access to grow food!

Bristol Local Food Fund is aiming to help tackle local food security

Within the most acutely affected parts of Bristol, 1 in 8 households experience severe or moderate food insecurity (Quality of Life Survey, Bristol, 2019/20).

Bristol Local Food Fund wants to tackle this by creating a central fund for community food projects across the city.

This fund will help support community food projects to help build a fair food system in our city. The projects funded will serve those most in need, giving access to nutritious food that’s culturally appropriate to the communities it serves. The funds will be allocated by a citizens panel, made up of local people with lived experience of the food inequality the fund aims to solve.

Through an initial Crowdfunder campaign, Bristol Local Food Fund is aiming to raise £100k to get started.

Take this survey to help them get started...


Outlandish Nights: Concerts at Boiling Wells are SELLING OUT!

With only three events and tickets only available for the last two, make sure to snap one before they're all gone: the last two shows completely sold out too.

Only dates remaining are September 24th and October 1st!

The line-upOpens in a new window features some of the best that the Folk Scene has to offer.

Bring Your Own Booze and picnic to dine or buy organic pizzas with local sourced ingredients on site under the canopy of Boiling Well's food forest.


And… what else?



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