“Food Justice is about creating a food system that is fair for everyone. It is about recognising the systemic and institutional inequity that exists in how we grow, distribute, access and use food.” We hear from Feeding Bristol’s Ped Asgarian about Bristol’s Food Justice Week. (This event has now been postponed to Monday 20 June.)

Today’s story is from Emma Geen from Power of Doing (POD), part of the national Climate Emergency Centre Network. We hear from Emma about work to create a new community and climate centre in Bristol. The centre will look at many areas in which people can take action as communities, groups, and in their personal lives. Get involved by sharing what you would like in the space and how you would like to use it.

Celia Briseid, Project Manager at Propagation Place, gives us an update about what’s happening this season at the social venture that’s part of St Werburghs City Farm. The urban food growing project has just launched an apprentice scheme and a new online course is about to commence. The course will be designed to inspire people wherever they are in the country to get growing. Read on to find out how buying plug plants directly from Propagation Place supports the local community.

The brilliant Bristol Gleaning Network recently updated its name to become the Avon Gleaning Network, reflecting expansion to Bath and areas outside of Bristol. Today’s blog is from Coordinator Samantha Williamson about her motivations for gleaning and her aim to get more children and young people involved. Samantha is looking to connect with more farms, volunteers and food projects, so get in touch if you would like to help.

Abi Sweet from Alive Activities writes the latest Bristol Bites Back Better story with input from colleague Guy Manchester. We hear about the new inclusive community garden project at the Wellspring Settlement opening on 3 March that will be a chance to bring some of the organisations based at the Settlement even closer. The team are looking for volunteers to support sessions and help the local community grow fruit, veg and flowers in a friendly, accessible space.

Siân Kidd writes about how a muddy encounter with a group of children at a holiday supper and play session at The Vench inspired the name of Secret Soup Society. Ingenious, yet simple, the voluntary organisation turns ‘veg on the edge’ into nourishing and delicious soup to fight food waste and feed families. We also hear from volunteer Delfina who shares her ‘Full of Beans Soup’ recipe. To date, the organisation has served over 2000 portions of soup and have a team of 10 volunteers who regularly come and cook, or rescue, food.

In our latest Bristol Bites Back Better blog we hear from Heart of BS13’s Food Security Programme Lead, Jodie Smith, about the work the organisation is doing in Hartcliffe and Withywood. Mobilising adults, young people and children to improve life outcomes, Heart of BS13 address food hardship, improves physical and mental health and takes action to tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis.

Today’s Bristol Bites Back Better blog is from Hattie Rowan from One Planet Matters (OPM). Since 2020, OPM has been building a network to help growing groups across the country. In this blog, we hear more about one of their largest projects in Bristol at Sea Mills Primary School, and how you can get involved with OPM as an individual, organisation or school.