Bountiful Bristol Bulletin

International Reclaim the Fields Action Camp  by nadiacatkinhillman
July 26, 2015, 5:40 pm
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Reclaim the Fields UK (RTF) was born in 2011, as a star in a wider constellation of food and land struggles that reaches around the globe. Every two years there is also an international camp, where people from around Europe and beyond meet together to support a local struggle.

This year, an international gathering will be held in the UK, in Dudleston, Shropshire, on the Welsh/English border from Friday 6pm 28th August  – Wednesday 2nd September 2015 at Dudleston Community Protection Camp, Shropshire on the Wales/England Border. This is a DIY camp and everyone is needed to get stuck in to make it happen. People are needed to:
•    Support with publicity before the event – sharing the gathering online, putting posters up, encouraging your local group to get involved. People are also needed to help design the programme, respond to emails & plan facilitation.
•    Helping with site set up & building infrastructure (planning this in advance & being on site a few days before the gathering)
•    Signing up to a shift over the weekend to help with cooking, site set up & safety, being on the welcome tent & so forth
•    Supporting local groups to organise actions

Find out more about the event here – and if you can help with any of these tasks please email


Community Gardening Day at Trinity this Sunday 3rd May by nadiacatkinhillman
April 28, 2015, 2:19 pm
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As part of our ‘Grow it, Cook It, Eat it’ project, the Trinity Community
Garden is running monthly open gardening days for the wider community
throughout the growing season, every last Sunday of the month, from
March to Sep, 11am-5pm

Come and join us this Sunday 26 April at the Trinity Garden (BS2 0NW),
learn various gardening skills, enjoy the urban outdoors, meet new
people and share some lovely food together.

The sessions are a mix of ideas and hands-on work in the thriving
community garden. We have a poly-tunnel, compost loo, lots of fruit
trees and a friendly bunch of regular gardeners and volunteers.

Learn how to grow fruit and veg, medicinal and culinary herbs; plan your
season ; work with limited space; grow in containers; fruit bush and
tree pruning; and cook what we grow together in our outdoor kitchen!

For more info, contact Helen Winstanley, Project Coordinator: / 0117 935 1200
The Trinity Garden (next to Trinity Centre), Trinity Road, Bristol. BS2

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)