Nick Haigh, Coordinator of Bristol Gleaning Network, shares some of the work the network is doing to glean surplus fruit and vegetables from farms in and around Bristol – gleaning is an activity where volunteers harvest human edible surplus from farms. Nick is looking to connect with local food projects who can benefit from the redistribution of this food, as well as from producers and potential volunteers.

Abi Sweet and Guy Manchester from Alive Activities write our latest blog post about a new allotment offering supported gardening and socialising sessions for people living with dementia and their carers. Alive will also be recruiting volunteers to help with the day-to-day running of the project. Allotments are a vital community social hub at the best of times, but they came into their own during the lockdown.

In our latest blog Sustainability and Behaviour Change Consultant Livvy Drake unpacks the psychological factors at work in how undertaking a challenge such as Veganuary, Fish-free February or Plastic-free Lent can achieve long-term behaviour change. Livvy runs behaviour change workshops for environmental campaigners and communicators who want to have a greater reach with their campaigns.

Both the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE) have committed to positive actions to improve the sustainability of food within their institutions, with pledges including creating a Sustainable Food Plan for 2021 and designating food courts to being single-use free. Find out more about the exciting work the universities are doing on food.

Jo Boswell is the market gardener for The Kitchen Garden Enterprise, part of the Heart of BS13 charity tackling food insecurity and health inequalities in Hartcliffe and Withywood. Jo joined the charity in June 2020 and was formerly a community cook and fermentation teacher before studying permaculture with Shift Bristol and turning her hands to the soil. Jo writes here about her work developing the Kitchen Garden Enterprise at Heart of BS13 with Solveig Harmsworth.

Associate William Pullan explains why law firm Osborne Clarke are so pleased to be involved in Bristol Bites Back Better and why it’s worth all businesses joining the campaign for good food. The organisation encourages other Bristol-based organisations, no matter the size, to get involved.

Essential Trading is the lead partner for Bristol Bites Back Better. Essential’s Jimmy Nelson writes in our latest blog post about their ethical approach to business operations and sustainability and how Essential are inspiring their customers to follow suit. Check out the short recipe video filmed by Sam Cole at the end of the blog, using Essential Bulgar and Split Pea Mix. If you try the recipe, let us know using the hashtag #BiteBackBetter.