Bristol’s Urban Farming

Always a pioneer, and keen to maintain it’s legacy as European Green Capital 2015, Bristol has become a keen advocate for Urban Farming.

What’s now particularly exciting is the diversity of urban farming – no longer limited to vegetables, Bristol is even home to Street Goat, a collective of people raising, milking and eating their own goats.

‘Urban Farming’ is a simple concept – farming that would previously have been done on the rolling hills of a farm or estate have been adapted to suit farming often on a small scale within the urban city. There are many advantages of this, such as addressing issues with space – but more beneficially it is bringing people together from different backgrounds and creating new communities – whilst also regenerating some derelict neighbourhoods.

Grow Bristol

A new urban farming enterprise that is developing innovative and sustainable ways of growing food in the city for the benefit of all its inhabitants and the wider world. We are creating a new kind of market gardening with hydrophonic vegetable production in city spaces not normally suited to agriculture

Grow Bristol’s microgreens are an absolute delight, and happily they’re starting to be stocked in a few shops including Hugo’s Greengrocer in Bedminster and Better Foods.

The intense flavour of leek and coriander in the micro greens are quite amazing, and not expected. Definitely one to try.

Bristol Fish Project

Aquaphonics is the cultivation of fish and plants together in a constructed recirculating ecosystem utilising natural bacterial cycles to convert fish waste to plant nutrients

I hadn’t heard of this before writing this article – aquaponics are used to recycle waste to grow food and to help conservation efforts.

Bristol Fish Project produce fish and plants for eating, in a continuous cycle. Not only that, but they are focusing on helping with Eel conservation. Beautiful!

Street Goat

We want to bring goats into the city. Not just for their milk and cheese, but also for the enjoyment of their company

What a fantastic idea! The idea is just beautiful – joining communities together to improve overgrown land in and around Bristol by keeping dairy goats. Goats are a great gardening assistance – loving pesky weeds and brambles which is good – as we hate them! Dairy goats means milk, which also means cheese and yoghurt. Delightful!

The Severn Project

We aim to empower individuals and communities by providing authentic training, education and employment opportunities

An Bristol veteran, The Severn Project supply numerous restaurants and shops across Bristol with their salad leaves, herbs and vegetables grown in sunny Bristol. The Project provides support and training to people from all walks of life, giving people that helping hand where required to get away from tricky backgrounds and to help them build for a better future.

It’s really exciting to see Bristol evolve and indeed pioneer – let’s watch this space over the next few years to see what we can come up with next…!

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AerialFit Pilates

There are so many new gym classes in and around Bristol, and I’ve been keen to see what they’re all about. So, I started with ‘AerialFit Pilates’. Looking on their website, it aims to ‘build muscle strength without bulk, promoting a strong well balanced body’. AerialFit Pilates uses a hammock to offer support, which also adds a new dimension to traditional Pilates matt work.

Being a Pilates virgin, I was mindful that I may have thrown myself completely in at the deep end. The session lasted an hour and consisted of about 50 minutes of Pilates followed by 10 minutes of meditation and relaxation. The class was very intimate, with only 5 other people.

The class was absolutely fantastic. The instructor gave different options for each move – meaning that everyone could get involved. Parts of it were very difficult, but I’m hoping that with a bit more practice, they’ll get easier!

For three or four days after the course I could really feel that I’d worked by abs – who’d have thought it – I was convinced that they didn’t exist! Anyway, I’ve realized that this is probably a really good one for toning that tum, so will definitely be going back!