Bountiful Bristol Bulletin

Bristol Seed Swap 2012 by nadiacatkinhillman
February 14, 2012, 8:46 am
Filed under: food-growing, Fun, gardening, GROFUN

10th March, 12-4 pm, Easton Community Centre, free event, donation requested.

Saturday 10th March
12 – 4pm
Easton Community Centre,
Kilburn St, Easton, BS5 6AW

Far more than seeds!

Music, stalls, talks, workshops, plant sales, films, tea, cake and lunch, and quite possibly, some fun…

Bristol’s 8th annual seed swap and green fair is open to everyone from wannabe gardeners to experienced pros – and anyone aiming for a more sustainable life.

-Come along and share seeds, pick up new and interesting varieties, exchange tips, experiences and resources.

Plus a great opportunity to find out more about local community groups, why saving and swapping seed is incredibly important, and what’s going on in the world of local food and resilience. All in one place!

Suggested donation – £3, or bring a cake for the café to sell!

Bring your excess or unwanted seeds to share, if you have some, preferably labeled, in a bag, envelope or other container.




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.

Moving house? Take the garden with you! by nadiacatkinhillman
April 4, 2008, 10:06 pm
Filed under: food-growing, gardening, GROFUN

People often say that they have no time to grow vegetables and the nature of many people’s lives in so transient that they dont know if they’ll even be in the same house at harvest time.

Truth is that when faced with an uncertain future you dont have to let your garden turn to a wasteland or a jungle. Today a load of sinks, toilets and bidets were being scrapped from a big house in St Pauls, so my friend and I took then round to some ‘Grofunnies’ who have recently heard that their rented flat has gone on the market. Continue reading

Local Food now on the funding menu – grants available for local food schemes by nadiacatkinhillman
March 17, 2008, 1:26 pm
Filed under: food-growing, Funding, gardening, GROFUN

Local Food, a new and exciting grants programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund, will be open for applications from 17 March 2008.The £50 million programme aimed at making locally grown food accessible and affordable to local communities has been developed by a consortium of organisations, and is managed on their behalf by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT). Local Food is the first Award Partner scheme funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme to open its doors for applications, and will look to distribute grants to a variety of food-related community projects across England. Mark Wheddon, Local Food Programme Manager said:

“The Local Food programme provides a fantastic opportunity for a broad section of the public to gain access to local food and is perfectly timed to capitalise on the public’s enthusiasm for locally produced food and the environmental benefits which that brings.

“With such a broad and varied funding programme we would encourage people who are thinking of applying to be as creative as possible. From school farms and community box schemes, to local food education centres and community composting, the list is endless.”

Grants from £2,000 up to £500,000 will be awarded to not-for-profit groups and organisations in England delivering such projects as growing, processing, marketing and distributing local food; composting and raising awareness of the benefits of such activities.

Peter Wanless, Big Lottery Fund Chief Executive, said:

“The Big Lottery Fund is proud to support this scheme, which will help improve access to locally grown food for communities right across England. With such public interest in healthy eating and protecting our environment, there has never been a better time for people to come forward and apply for money to help put their local food projects into action.”

To find out more please call the Changing Spaces Advice Line on 0845 3 671 671 or visit

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 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…….


GROFUN Film now available to watch on YouTube by nadiacatkinhillman
February 28, 2008, 1:33 pm
Filed under: Food, food-growing, Friends, Fun, gardening, GROFUN, media, Transition

Dear BBB Readers,

I am proud to report that the short film we made which chronicles the first year of the GROFUN Project is now on the web!

With the help of Kyra, a local film maker/editor and Naomi it is great that I can now point those interested to an engaging and informative film to further promote the benefits of this growing, grass-roots project. My friend Steve produced the music especially for this film.

Thankyou Steve

You can watch the film here and comment or go to and watch and comment there. In terms of promotion of the scheme YouTube probably has bit more clout!

Please feel free to leave constructive comments, but go easy, much of the footage was unuseable due to poor sound or light quality and the final cut is the best it could have been with the raw material we had available. It’s not exactly Palme d’Or stuff, but it’s sort of innocent in tone dont you think?

GROFUN FILM SCREENING AND 2008 ‘SIGN-UP’ EVENT by nadiacatkinhillman
February 24, 2008, 10:14 am
Filed under: Food, food-growing, gardening, GROFUN, peak oil, permaculture, Transition

GROFUN (Growing Real Organic Food in Urban Neighbourhoods) is a grass-roots, community lead inititative where teams of neighbours help one another set up back garden veggie patches and then reap the rewards of a mixed and locally grown ‘veg box’!

It teaches practical skills, address’s the problem of air miles and pollution and builds communites that are closer and more resilient to ever increasing energy shocks and food insecurity! Think about it, there’s only 3 days worth of food stocked in the supermarkets-what do we eat then???

For 2008 we need new recruits with gardens, preferably in the St Pauls, Montpelier and St Werbs area (to keep it local and ‘sustainable’) and anyone interested in being involved, any which way, is invited to come along to the Grand Premiere of the GROFUN Movie to be aired at a get-together in the Albany Hall on Shaftesbury Avenue at 6.30pm on March 4th.

Please please tell your friends with gardens, a desire to grow veg and an interest in ‘relocalization’ and community etc to come along.

Furthermore, the current group has a Yahoo group where we stay in touch. It would be a great idea to join this…

We need many hands to make light work of this rewarding and fun project.

Vegetables need people like people need vegetables.

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