Bountiful Bristol Bulletin


Cultural Growography Course at Feed Bristol Thursday, April 4, 2013 by nadiacatkinhillman

2:00pm until 4:30pm

Cultural Growography at Feed Bristol is 9 week course of learning about plants through observation, drawing, playing, story-telling, photography, painting, collage, poetry… and much more! As we go through the course we’ll be creating interesting and educational displays about the plants at the Feed Bristol site, in preparation for Feed Bristol’s participation in the Get Growing Trail on 8-9 June.

No artistic experience required – only a sense of fun.

The course will take place EVERY Thursday in April and May 2013 @ Feed Bristol

This is a FREE course but places are limited so book now!

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Free Autumn Organic Gardening Course by nadiacatkinhillman
October 10, 2012, 8:58 pm
Filed under: Food, food-growing, gardening, Organic, permaculture, Workshops

Get set up to eat from your garden all year!

This course will focus on seasonal tasks and skills. We will cover…

 

  • Planning the year
  • Sowing veg to eat over the winter
  • Building fertility – compost, wormeries, green manures
  • More plants for free! – cuttings, seed saving
  • Fruit tree and bush pruning
  • Avoiding pest and disease problems

 

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BIG Green Week 9-17 June by nadiacatkinhillman
May 25, 2012, 11:38 am
Filed under: Energy, Food, Fun, music, Organic, Recycling, renewable energy, social, Transition, Workshops

The BIG Green Week festival programme features one hundred events over nine days in Bristol, from Saturday 9th to Sunday 17thJune.

All tickets are now on sale for these inspiring comedy, music, film, poetry, art and ideas events. Around half the events are free of charge.

Full details are now available on our daily festival events pages on this website, or you can download a pdf of our full printed programme here.  (Please note the full printed programme is a large 7.5 meg pdf file and may take some time to download).

The £10 discount ‘Green Pass’ wristband is the best value way to enjoy Bristol’s BIG Green Week, with reduced price tickets, as well as discounts at cafes, restaurants and bars around the festival.

 

 



Who should feed Bristol? by nadiacatkinhillman
February 14, 2012, 8:40 am
Filed under: Food, food-growing, free space, permaculture, Workshops

Next Bristol 2050 meeting  “Who should feed Bristol?”,18 February, 2 pm to 5 pm, Artspace college, free event

2pm – 5pm Sat 18th Febuary @ Artspace college BS3 5JJ

We are hoping to create a shared vision of the future that the people of Bristol can get behind. We ran a poll on our website to decide what issue we should tackle first and you chose food.

The theme for the February the 18th meeting will be “Who should feed Bristol” The title is borrowed from the “Who feeds Bristol report” by Joy Carey. The report would be a useful thing to read before coming along.

  • Should we be producing more food locally
  • How viable is urban farming in Bristol
  • Can care farming help us address our cities drug problems

The meeting will again be run using the “open space” model.

Artspace College who are kindly hosting the event have a on-site food project.

 



The Organic Food Festival, 12-13 September by nadiacatkinhillman
August 21, 2009, 11:25 am
Filed under: Food, food-growing, Organic

Bristol Harbourside, 10 – 6 PM Saturday and 10-5 PM Sunday

£5 Entry, Free for Children and Soil Association members

www.theorganicfoodfestival.co.uk

Held September 12-13 at Bristol’s scenic Harbourside, the Organic Food Festival is organised in association with the Soil Association and with the generous support of Yeo Valley. It is Europe’s largest showcase of the organic community, with hundreds of organic products, an organic bar, cooking demonstrations with Raymond Blanc, Barny Haughton and other top chefs, childrens taste workshops and a lively Street Food Bazaar.

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More Great GROFUN News!!! by nadiacatkinhillman
February 18, 2009, 10:09 pm
Filed under: Food, food-growing, Friends, Fun, gardening, GROFUN, Uncategorized

Bristol’s own gardening ‘share-scheme’ GROFUN has some excitng news this week from the BBC. Exciting and scary!

Alys Fowler the flame-haired gardening expert who presents Gardeners World called up the project coordinator (Nadia, also your humble and currenty frustrated ed.) to ask if she could make a a ten minute film of the project to be aired on the show this Spring!

In terms of PR for GROFUN this beloved gardening show has to be the ‘Golden Ticket’. The first episode was broadcast during that most historic year of political protestation and and mind expansion when flowers were really hip and hipsters really cool – way back then in 1968. The history of gardening extends across at least 4,000 years of human civilization, forever shifting with the times and of course the seasons but held fondly in the hearts of those who have dug and dreamed. 

GROFUN has a unique chance here to spread its message of ‘people power’ and collective grass roots action.But to transmit this message successfully, with some professionalism, more active volunteers are required to co-create a community allotment that inspires everyone tuning in to the programme that anyone can grow food and probably should! 

The crew want to begin filming around the Spring Equinox which means a tidy and attractive plot is all we can hope to show off. To offer them an abundant allotment, teeming with flowers, fruits, herbs, veggies and insects the team would need to honour their promise and return in the summer to film a follow-up piece and enjoy the harvest.

Every weekend between now and the Spring Equinox on March 21st the GROFUN plot in Ashley Vale could be teeming with people, getting down and dirty and having fun! There are supports to be built, beds to be raised, seeds to be planted and junk to recycle, but equally as important are those fresh friends to make, that different type of tea to try and that new piece of info to learn. GROFUN aims to enrich life in all its manifestations, from soil to skills to friendships.

Please come along and lend a hand. The sessions are generally afternoons Sat and Sun and are free. This means you can come and go as you please, refreshments are provided, you’re bound to enjoy your self and in the summer, you can come back and take a bag of raspberries and some leeks or whatever back home with you.

For more details leave a comment and I’ll get back to you personally.



Chance for inexperienced Veggie Growers to be in a Channel 4 series. by nadiacatkinhillman
March 13, 2008, 3:14 pm
Filed under: Food, food-growing, GROFUN, media, News, Transition

Have you ever dreamed of growing your own food and rearing your own animals but never thought you had the skills or space to get started?

Are you fed up with relying on shops and supermarkets for your every need?”

Then….why not join in with the GROFUN scheme OR contact KEO Films-the makers of River Cottage.

They want families with no experience of this sort of thing who are ready to commit to an experiment in self-sufficiency.

To find out more about this life-changing challenge please e mail rivercottage@keofilms.com or call 0845 8672694 and leave a message or phone 07811 443961 and ask to speak to Vanessa or Charlotte.

(I’m thinking of proposing that they come make a programme about GROFUN instead-it would be much better, tension, sweat, tears, compost, drama, slugs and laughter!!!!)

In other news-I have been interviewed by, not one, but two major broadsheets in as many days!!!! Yep, The Independent and The Telegraph have both been sniffing about the GROFUN headquarters (my bedroom) !!!

Look out for something in The Independent a week today or the following Thurs!

How exciting this all is………but its nothing without you-so join up to the scheme if youre at all interested and book in your Action Days asap and lets get things rolling!

Anyone interested in GROFUN is invited along to another informal meeting at The Albany, Shaftesbury Avenue, Montpelier, Wed the 19th, 6.30 for 7 where I’ll also be screening the film. There’s no obligation to sign-up its just a chance to find out more…….

Gro-well.