This morning our Project Lead, Sara Venn was interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol and we were horrified that there was a question as to whether Incredible Edible Bristol would continue post European Green Capital year. With that in mind we would like to ensure you all are aware that Incredible Edible Bristol, as with all Incredible Edible projects worldwide is permanent and ongoing and we are all completely committed to all the projects we are working on.

Next year will see us continue to work on our Urban Food Trail, support more communities to create food growing spaces in areas that are a little unloved and lost, sign up more schools to our schools programme and continue to work with Food Route Local to ensure more food goes to people that can use it, as well as working on phase 2 of the project on the Severn Beach Line with Severnside Community Rail Partnership. Alongside this we will be working on Food Connections, leading the Land and Growing theme for the festival.

We will, of course, keep you all up to date with all that is going on.

In the meantime keep up to date with us at Facebook, on Twitter (@ediblebristol) and here to find out how you can get involved!!

And remember, if you eat, you’re in!!IMG_4647




Spicy Parsnip Soup

We harvested a huge amount of parsnips from the Millennium Square Urban Allotments on Thursday and had a conversation about what you can do with parsnips other than roast them. One of the easiest and tastiest things to do is to make a spicy parsnip soup which is sweet warming and delicious. It can also be made in an enormous batch and frozen for use later on!!


So what do you need?

6 large parsnips

1 onion

2 garlic cloves

1 chilli/chilli powder

1 ltr veg stock from a cube

Peel and chop the parsnips and put them in a pan, cover them with water and boil until they are soft.

In the meantime fry the onion until it starts to go soft and then chop up and add the garlic and the chilli if you are using a fresh one.

Once the parsnips are ready, drain them, put them back in the pan and add the onion, garlic and chilli mix as well as half the stock. Whizz with a hand blender and continue adding the stock until the soup is the consistency you like.

And serve!!

It’s International Day of Soils!!

This year has been the International Year of Soils, organised by the United Nations, and today, Saturday 5th December is International Day of the Soil. Considering everything we do at Incredible Edible Bristol relies on soil, it can’t go without us commenting at the very least upon the importance of soils for our food and for our climate.

There is a lot of information around about soils and how they are becoming less and less fertile in our traditional farming lands. But did you know that research from Sheffield University shows that our urban parks and allotment soils are generally much more healthy, holding up to 30{2f2874fc6125dd5cf7bd0be296e4e150855e421b2444f8743791b81c4b31d296} more carbon than agricultural land. Why is this I hear you ask…….

Rather than being chemically dependent most urban food growing soils are managed in a far more traditional way, using organic matter to replenish it each year and not cropped in such an intensive way.

So how do you go about looking after soil in your garden, community garden or on your allotment to ensure it stays healthy? Organic matter is the key and this can come in many different ways. Homemade compost, farmyard manure and green manures all have their place in creating a healthy soil and in a mixture will create a beautiful and rich loam that is perfect to grow anything in. Over winter a good layer of up to 4 inches of farmyard compost laid on top of the fallow land and worked into the soil by the worms already in the soil, is an ideal way of keeping both yourself and the soil well  and warm. Follow each crop with a layer of homemade compost to top up that fertility. Using green manures on pieces of your soil that are unused for short amounts of time also gives the opportunity to address specific issues such as opening up the soil (alfalfa) or adding nitrogen (crimson clover). There is more info about green manures here.

If you want to learn more about using and making compost and no dig gardening, where you add material to the soil to keep it healthy and weed free, Charles Dowding is your man. Charles grows salads and vegetables in his garden in Somerset as well as opening his garden and giving talks and workshops there and further afield. More can be found out about this exciting way of gardening whilst looking after our precious soils here.

So let’s remember to look after our soils. After all we rely on them for 95{2f2874fc6125dd5cf7bd0be296e4e150855e421b2444f8743791b81c4b31d296} of our food!!

Wonderful horse manure!!

Wonderful horse manure!!

Community composting bins

Community composting bins