We recently went down to Spoke and Stringer surf shop to hear a talk by Fergal Smith (Click here for our post on the talk). Fergal is a big wave surfer and an enthusiastic environmentalist and he runs an Organic Farm back in Ireland. As well as the big wave surfing, the main focus of the talk was the topic of sustainable farming and more specifically Organic Community Farms in Bristol. I’d never realised that there were so many of these farms popping up around the country so I’ve put together some details of the Bristol community farms and projects currently running.
Bristol is the base for a large number of environmentally conscientious people, businesses and projects, and in 2015 it was named the European Green Capital. One small change everyone can easily make in the long term push towards more sustainable living is to get fruit and vegetables from a community farm or local supplier. There’s loads of evidence to suggest that the traditional supermarket methods of farming are unsustainable and often unhealthy. For example there are issues around the use of antibiotics (more info here) and pesticides (more info here).
Through doing this research into these projects we found that there’s a range of projects from community engagement farms where you can get involved and help out, to farms that are just suppliers of organic veg boxes.
ORGANIC FOOD SUPPLIERS
Leigh Court Farm
Leigh Court Farm run an Organic veg box delivery service as well as selling at local Bristol Markets. Veg boxes range from £11 to £19.50, they also offer eggs and fruit boxes. More info on the Leigh Court Farm site, click here.
The Community Farm – Chew Magna
The Community Farm grow and sell veg boxes that range from £6.95 to £15.95. They are also open to the public and run events and workshops. More info on their website here.
Bristol Veg Box
Bristol veg box offer boxes delivered to your door, sourced from a radius of 15 miles around Bristol. They range in price from £7.75 to £20.75. More info on their website here.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROJECTS
Windmill Hill Community Farm
Windmill Hill Community farm is a recreational and educational facility. They have reused a derelict section of land just south of the centre of the city. Facilities on offer at the farm are community gardens, animals, cafe, children’s adventure playground, community meeting building and educational courses. For more info visit their website here.
St Werburghs City Farm
Access to this farm is via a tunnel underneath a railway track, the walls of the tunnel are worth a trip alone as they are regularly repainted (See our post on the Tunnel graffiti here). The city farm is open to the public and free although donations are very welcome. They also have a really nice cafe where all the food and drink is locally and ethically sourced. If you’re in the area also check out the nearby pub called The Farm. For more info on the City farm visit their website here.
Lawrence Weston Community Farm
The Lawrence Weston Community Farm is a therapeutic horticultural project run by the Brandon Trust. They have pigs, chickens, goats, ducks, sheep, water vole woodland as well as a community orchard and garden. More info on their website here.
Know of any other community farms or projects? Let us know in the comments below…
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