Bountiful Bristol Bulletin

Buglife survey to secure funding-REQUEST. by nadiacatkinhillman
March 1, 2015, 9:36 pm
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Please could you help Buglife. Buglife have the chance of securing funding of £1M to bring brilliant Buzzing Hot Spots full of flowers, bees and pollinators to Bristol and a number of other towns. At the moment we don’t have any responses from the Bristol area.

Please can you help Get Britain Buzzing by answering 8 short questions at:

Spring Growth Workshop and Seed Swap at Better Food by nadiacatkinhillman
March 1, 2015, 9:35 pm
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Thurs 12th March, 5pm to 6:40pm,
Better Food Café, Sevier Street, St Werburghs, BS2 9LB
Free event

We’re hosting a Spring Growth Workshop and Seed Swap at Better Food, and we’d like to invite you and all your allotment growers to our seed swap too, being held on Thursday 5th March.

Things kick off at 5pm with some seed swapping (another chance to get those ones you wanted but missed!), followed by talks and Q&A until 6:40pm with Ben Raskin, horticulture expert at Soil Association, and Amanda Pitt, city gardener extraordinaire.  They’ll speak about creating the best start for your seeds, from composting to germination, as well as techniques for maximizing on space and resources for city growing.  Meet other growing folk and share your spare seeds, including donated seeds from Better Food seed supplier Kings Seeds.

As well as swapping seeds, and getting great advice, participants will be able to stock up in store with 10% off gardening goods for the evening.  The event is free but we are welcoming donations to support the Save Our Seeds initiative, working to protect the purity of seeds against GMO.

Find out more about the event here.

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NEW! Firebelly Bakery’s Breadmaking Classes by nadiacatkinhillman
February 3, 2015, 3:27 pm
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Montpelier-based artisan microbakery Firebelly Bakery is now offering bread making classes. Learn to make awesome sourdough bread, beautifully holey focaccia, crunchy airy ciabatta, apple chelsea buns, and giant chocolate/cinnamon doughnuts, all on this one day workshop. Courses are held at Coexist Community Kitchen and cost £75. For more information visit

Gift vouchers are available.
Upcoming dates are:
– Sat 28 Feb – please email to see if places are still available
– more dates coming soon – sign up to our mailing list to be the first to know!
email for more information or to book a place.

January 26, 2015, 8:41 pm
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LEARN TO SPIN Sat 31st Jan and Sat 14th Feb 2015 10.30am –

Spinning for beginners – learn the basics of turning raw wool
into yarn using a drop spindle. We have hand shorn fleeces from our
Jacobs sheep. Bags of wool will be available to buy at a very
reasonable cost so that you can carry on spinning at home. With Juley,
our Community Farmer £5
WHEEL SPINNINGS at 28th Feb 2015 2pm – 4pm

Learn to spin on a spinning
wheel. Participants should either bring their own spinning wheel or
else let us know and we will lend one for the day. This will be a
chance to spin in a group, look at any problems and issues with
spinning, techniques, etc and to use different types of wool and
fibres. £5

SPOON MAKING Sat 21st March 2015 10.30am – 4.30pm

Learn how to make a
spoon with James. Starting with a log you will use traditional tools
to; split, axe, shave, carve and whittle. The day is held outside in
our Water Vole Woodland with a camp fire to sit around. £40

Sat 28th March 2015 10am – 3pmThis
workshop is suitable for people thinking about keeping sheep and those
new to sheep keeping who want to be self sufficient in caring for
their animals. It will cover the shepherd’ s calendar, sheep care and
basic sheep maintenance including foot care, and welfare checks. Bring
your own lunch. £35/ £10 concessions

Sat 11th April 2015 10am – 3pmAre you thinking of
keeping chickens? This day will give you all you need to know to get
started including; chicken history and different breeds, chicken
anatomy & behaviour, day to day care, suitable housing and
environment, diet, natural behavioural needs, how to do a health check
on a chicken. With Juley, our Community Farmer £35 (£10 concessions)


01179 381128 uk lwcommunityfarm lwcommunityfarm

Four Week Nutrition Course by nadiacatkinhillman
January 15, 2015, 2:43 pm
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Orchard Nutrition are offering a new run of their popular 4-week nutrition
course. Now with a change of venue and updated content, we’ll be looking at

the links between food, health and well-being, demystifying nutritional
concepts, and emphasising a sustainable, holistic and pleasurable approach
to feeding ourselves.

The course is taught by Isy, a qualified nutritionist with a catering and
community food organising background and author of the cookbook ‘Another
Dinner is Possible’. Her interests lie with sustainable food production,
grassroots organising, inventive plant-based cookery, and improving our
current food system.

Learn about healthy fats, vitamins, blood sugar and carbohydrates,
intuitive eating, and discuss problems with the food system. Classes will
consist of a mixture of presentations, activities, groupwork, and
discussion with homework given including completing a personal food diary.
Tasty nibbles will be provided too!

Tuesdays, 6.30-8.30pm, 3rd March – 24th March 2015

Roll for the Soul, Bristol’s community bike cafe, upstairs, Unit 2, St
Lawrence House, Quay St, BS1 2JL Bristol

Cost: £45 (£38 concessions)

Want to learn Herbal Medicine? by nadiacatkinhillman
January 15, 2015, 12:01 am
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Our first course in 2015 is our Women’s Health Course. Join us on a four week journey of discovering women’s health. We will look at common misconceptions about women’s anatomy, understanding hormones and charting the cycle, get to know some of the most useful women’s herbs and learn how to treat common conditions with herbs and self help. We’ll taste herbs throughout the course and and make an iron tonic together. This course is based on a decade of working within women’s health and running a busy herbal clinic.
It will be held in Eastville, starting 5th February, then 12th, (no class on half term week), 26th, 5th March 6.30-9 pm. Full Price £90/ Concession Price £70.

This is the booking form:

The next 6 week Foundation Course in Herbal Medicine will start on Wednesday4th March 6.30 – 9 pm (not including Easter week, 8th April) and will be held at St Werburghs Community Centre. This course has a real focus on self care and medicine making. Each week we will take an in-depth look at herbs that grow in the local area and discover their fascinating uses.This hands-on course will give you the practical skills to start building your first herbal medicine chest.As well as learning about plants you will learn a complete approach to health and the human body, and how to treat and prevent common illnesses holistically.

We have just had it confirmed that we have some funding to build a beautiful education space at the bottom of the Medicine Garden so for the next couple of months we are going to be looking for help to clear the space and build with the help of an eco builder. Our first clear up day is this Sunday 18th January from midday to 4 pm. We will also be digging up our wonderful spicey fire cider  which we made in December and will be sharing it around so feel welcome to bring a jar to take some home with you, whether you were there in December or not.We now have a new website for the garden if you want more details:

The dates for the Radical Herbal Gathering have now been confirmed and will be from Thursday 11th June to Sunday 14th June. For more details on this check the website:

Wishing you all a good 2015,
Becs Griffiths & Annwen Jones, Medical Herbalists MNIMH

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Details of Avon Organic Group’s nest two meetings. All welcome. by nadiacatkinhillman
January 15, 2015, 12:00 am
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Avon Organic Group

26th January 7.30 pm

IncrEdible Edible Bristol with Sara Venn– come and find out about the
amazing work they are doing setting up food growing projects with
communities in unloved spaces, schools, parks etc

23rd February 7.30 pm

AGM & Short Talk on Mason Bees by Julie Parker Plus Seed Swap of saved seed
or split packets Come along and swap or pick up free seed including
Heritage varieties which you can’t purchase any more.

Members group discount order of seed will be available for collection.

All meetings except April at YHA conference room, 14 Narrow Quay. BS1 4QA
£3 Visitors, £1 AOG members Tea etc included – this is a chance to talk to
experienced growers about your successes and problems.
Bike racks nearby. Buses to Centre, parking Mud Dock or Queen’s Square


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