Food & Film Night – FED UP

fed-up-flattened1000This Thursday 4th December, in another of our film night collaborations with PRSC, we will be showing the documentary movie FED UP at the New Building at PRSC in Jamaica Street (entrance in Hillgrove St.)

Whilst this is a US movie, the issues are every bit as relevant here in the UK.

“Narrated by Katie Couric, Fed Up blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and exercise, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry aided by the U.S. government to mislead and confuse the American public. Exposing the hidden truths contributing to one of the largest health epidemics in history, the film follows a group of families battling to lead healthier lives and reveals why the conventional wisdom of exercise and eat right is not ringing true for millions of people struggling with diabetes, childhood obesity and other serious conditions. Including captivating interviews with the country’s leading experts, this vital information could change the way we eat forever.”

IMAG1732The evening will start with a short talk by food activists and IEB strategy team members James and Claire (Fox + Monkey). As well as the story behind the movie, they’ll be talking about how our own kitchens and gardens hold the key to our good health.

We will then serve up a delicious and super-nutritious hot supper, cooked with love by James and Claire, which you can feast on while watching the movie.

After the movie, we’ll wrap up with a open discussion led by IEB founder Sara and a chance for everyone to share thoughts about what we’ve just seen and heard.

You will also receive a handout listing information about access to good, affordable food, recipes and courses.

Entry costs £5 (free for under 16s) and includes everything outlined above.

Here’s the Event on our event calendar.

And here it is on Facebook, so you can say whether you’re coming or not. (And we can cook enough food!)

Community Food Growing and Eating.

2014-09-04 19.18.21-1So, we’re doing a survey…

We would like to know some of your shopping and cooking habits! If you could take 5 minutes to complete this survey on community food growing and eating, we’ll get back to you soon with a fascinating report that will help us understand how Incredible Edible Bristol can best serve your your community, and help us work with our collaborators to bring you an exciting programme of events to enhance your community growing experience.

10 questions for you…

UPDATE: Survey is now closed. THANKYOU to everyone who helped by sharing and completing it.

An Update on Millennium Square

The Millennium Square project is ongoing and very exciting to be a part of. Last week we had a day of maintenance which was quite wonderful and not only because we had our youngest volunteer to date who was the grand age of 5 weeks old!!

The project came about when @Bristol decided that the beds in Millennium Square needed updating and wanted them to be edible so that they would compliment the Food exhibition which they are now running for 3 years. We are working alongside @Bristol and Almondsbury Garden Centre on the project and it has been challenging this year as we didn’t begin the project until half way through the growing season so to have cleared, planted and in 2 beds cases harvested and replanted, is quite a feat.

There has been criticism. Some people feel that fruit and veg belong in allotments, and one chap in particular was very cross and said that vegetables should only be grown in the countryside in fields, but we feel really passionately that it’s vital that we show that good, fresh and organic food can be grown in the urban landscape and also can be beautiful and create an impact on that environment. we also believe that its vital that people see that crops do sometimes fail or have issues, so we aren’t going to spray the plants with chemicals in order to make them look perfect, but rather use good and organic methods to help the plants through whatever the issue is and encourage strength and vitality in them.

By 2050 it is estimated that 70{2f2874fc6125dd5cf7bd0be296e4e150855e421b2444f8743791b81c4b31d296} of the population will be living in cities and these cities will need to be thinking about how they feed themselves. Yesterday the IPCC announced that unless we pretty much stop relying on fossil fuels we will never combat the effects of climate change, and that we need to address that now. Food distribution systems rely heavily on fossil fuels to move food around the country so we need to find alternatives to this. Growing in groups and buying from local producers is going to need to be the way through this so that we rely on far smaller chains of local distribution that can use alternative power methods to deliver goods to our cities.IMG_5182

By 2020 Bristol aims to be the UK’s most sustainable food city. Come along to Millennium Square and get inspired by what we are doing, help yourself to some free crops and make sure you use them, and think about how you might become part of the food growing revolution in Bristol!

What to do now #4

leavesGardeners Gold!! That sounds exciting does it not?

Well it is but not in the kind of way you might think. I’m certainly not going to advise anyone to dig or pan for gold on their plots but there is something that gardeners call Gardeners Gold that you can make now and your plot will love you for it, whether tiny or large.

Leaf mould is the most incredible soil conditioner and additive to home made compost that you can make. And it’s really easy to do. All you need is a cage made of chicken wire if your space is large enough to have that, or some black bags, and all the leaves that have fallen onto your garden or even into your street. Collect them up, put them into your bin or into the balck bags, give them a little bit of water and puncture the bags if you’re using that method. Then just leave them. If your using the bag method you can pile them up in a corner and they’ll just get on with it.

It does take around 18 months to rot down, mainly dependent on the type of leaves you have, so it’s worth doing every autumn so that you have a constant stream of amazing conditioner to add to your soil

And who said there was nothing to do in the garden at this time of year!!

There is still plenty of time to sow broad beans straight into the ground as long as it isn’t too wet and you can carry on sowing sweet peas.

Also, start ordering seed catalogues so that when it really is too wet and frozen to go out you can start to look at what is new that you might grow next year!!

A reminder of summer!!

A reminder of summer!!