We hear from Kate Ploughman of Kate’s Kitchen Catering about the positive changes the company is making this year to mark 15 years in business, starting with going electric on all their delivery vans. Read about some of the simple and effective steps taken already by Kate’s Kitchen to reduce their environmental footprint. If you run a food business and are working to reduce your environmental footprint, please get in touch so that we can share your story through Bristol Bites Back Better too.

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.

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.

This week Better Food published its first ever impact report, taking a look at social, economic and environmental impact. Danni Rochman is both Ethical Sourcing Coordinator at Better Food Company and Communications Coordinator here at Bristol Bites Back Better. In our latest blog, Danni looks at the report’s highs and lows, and Better Food’s plans for the future. If you are working for a food business and have studied your impact in this way, please get in touch so that we can share your story too.

Pieminister and Tapestry Brewery are collaborating with Bristol Going for Gold sponsor GENeco to create a carbon neutral beer using pie pastry off-cuts. Pie-oneer will be available at Pieminister’s Stokes Croft and Broad Quay restaurants in Bristol from Friday 7 January. 10p from every can sold will go to Bristol-based charity Props, which supports adults with learning difficulties to achieve their full potential. We hear from Jon Simon, Founder and Managing Director at Pieminster, about this exciting collaboration

Guy Manchester, Community Gardening Facilitator at Alive Activities, is also an organiser for both Bristol Seed Swap and East Bristol Hops Collective. In this Bristol Bites Back Better blog post he tells the story about how East Bristol Hops was formed.
Get in touch with Guy if you would like to join the association, which has hop plants all ready to go in the ground from this year’s cuttings.

The Bristol Eating Better Award is a great opportunity for food businesses to provide food that is sourced, prepared and served in a healthy and sustainable way. As part of helping make Bristol a more sustainable food city, now is a great time for food businesses to get involved and promote the opportunities presented by the award. David Hudgell from the Communities and Public Health division in Bristol City Council explains.

In the summer of 2020, five Bristol businesses came together to develop Breaking Bread – a pop-up tipi village of socially distanced dining and drinking venues on Clifton Downs. As a response to the coronavirus pandemic and its devastating effects on the events and hospitality industries, Pauline Bourdon, Breaking Bread’s sustainability and social cohesion coordinator explains how they joined forces to build a socially responsible and sustainable enterprise.

When we launched the Bristol Bites Back Better campaign in November, we wanted to get the conversation going and hear from the people of Bristol. We asked two simple questions, and got a wide range of answers so far, giving us insight into what Bristol citizens want to see happening in our city, and who deserves celebration. Insights Manager at cycling charity Love to Ride, Fleur, has compiled some of the responses in our latest blog post. You can still get involved!