A brand new photography festival launches in Bristol in 2021 in collaboration with all major arts venues in Bristol. The “Growing Spaces” project strand of the festival looks at the maze of citywide allotments, allotment holders, their histories and stories – both visual and oral. Hear from the Festival Director of Engagement and Education, Alejandro Acín, about how you can get involved in the public participatory element to the Growing Spaces project.

Writer, academic and Bristol resident Bernie Munoz shares her joy of the free fruits of the season in our latest blog post. Bernie was one of the contributors to a podcast, Held in Common, celebrating Bristol’s communities – many of the stories focus on how food can bring us together, even in these times when we have had to be physically apart

During the lockdown, Barton Hill Settlement’s The Network partnered with local storyteller, Polly Tisdall, to create a new podcast to celebrate Bristol’s communities. The podcast, Held In Common, shared unexpected positives that people had noticed during the virus outbreak with food very much at the heart of many of the stories. Writer and academic Bernie Munoz participated in the project and contributes to our latest blog post.

Sara Venn of Incredible Edible Bristol recently hosted a free webinar as part of the #BristolFoodKind campaign, looking at practical ways to grow food using the things you have around you at home. Read Sara’s blog post about how to get started and watch back the webinar for more tips and ideas.

For World Localization Day, Sam Leach from Wilding Orchard in Chew Magna, just outside Bristol, writes our latest blog post. Sam and Beccy Leach aim to farm in a way that is kind to the climate and to nature. One way of re-building a more resilient food system in a post-covid world is to switch to regional-supply networks that allow us to be less reliant on global supply chains.

This weekend would have kicked off the ninth Get Growing Trail, when Bristol’s fruit and veg gardens and community growing projects throw open their gates to inspire more people to get growing. In our latest blog post, Alex Dunn from Sustainable Westbury-on-Trym reflects on the Trail and writes about how the organisation has had to adapt their work this year.

Our #BristolFoodKind campaign offers people staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic practical ideas on how to shop, reduce food waste and grow at home in a way that is good for individuals and the wider community. We’ve had a fantastic response with so many people and organisations sharing their tips and experiences on social media, so we thought we’d share some of the highlights of peoples’ growing adventures!

In response to the desperate need for accessible fresh produce, a Bristol-based market garden, Edible Futures, have teamed up with local organic producers Lilliput Farm to scale up their veg production. The growers from Edible Futures have sown thousands of plants, bought a tractor and – since a little over a month after the crisis struck – have been on the ground getting crops in the soil.