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Crowdfunding Bristol’s ambitions as a sustainable food city – new local food project from Sims Hill Shared Harvest launches crowdfunder

Sims Hill Shared Harvest has just launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the £11,000 it needs in order to buy a second hand tractor and equipment to be able to carry on, and expand, its food growing and learning projects in Bristol.

shshAfter the recent successful crowdfunding campaign from Bristol Food Producers, a diverse network of local, independent growers, farmers, food processors and distributors, the week sees the launch of a new campaign from Sims Hill Shared Harvest. Sims Hill is a pioneering cooperative owned by its members, growing food just 4 miles from the centre of Bristol. Set up as a Community Supported Agriculture Project (CSA), instead of just buying veg people become members of the project, paying to support it and receiving a weekly share of the harvest, as well as a say in how its run, in return. Core to their aims of producing healthy, local vegetables, using ecological methods, they increase access to good quality affordable food. Two new projects are due to launch around connecting children with where their food comes from and a community food centre helping people in crisis to access healthy food as well as learning land based skills.

Going since 2010, Sims Hill are now growing vegetables for 85 member households, and now need the equipment to keep up with demand. They are looking to grow further and are raising funds to buy a second-hand tractor to be able to cultivate crops and soil better and to grow more food for more of the local community and be self-sufficient in the longer term.

A tractor will not only be labour saving – allowing us to spend our skilled farmers time better, it also means we can grow more local food, cutting down on food waste and food miles and helping us to connect more people with where their food comes from.” Miriam Schoen / Sims Hill Farm Manager

I see Sims Hill as so much more than just a veg box. It offers a chance to get your hands dirty at the farm, meet new people through the workshare, support the local economy and enable local people to grow healthy food – the very thing that keeps us alive! The Operation Tractor crowdfunder campaign is a brilliant idea and will help Sims reach more families across Bristol – support the local food revolution!” Holly Black, Sims Hill Shared Harvest member and workshare

14067664_1163884113655086_4145192760828682450_n1The crowdfunder campaign began at Friday 11th November 2016 and will finish at 12.00 midday on the 9th November 2016.

Pledge support now to receive rewards including:

  • A deeply relaxing shiatsu treatment with a qualified professional
  • A4 prints of exclusive vegetable themed artwork
  • Farm tours
  • Dining in with style – we’ll send round a professional chef with all the organic ingredients to cook a luxurious dinner for 2 in the comfort of your own home
  • A one day workshop on tractor driving and cultivation with us – and if you donate £1,000 you can even name the tractor!

This project is featured on the Bristol Green Capital Partnership ‘Better Bristol’ crowdfunding campaign – showcasing our city’s amazing talent, inventions, solutions and innovations to the rest of the world and inviting you to be part of it.

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