Your Bristol good food questions

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How can I access good, affordable food for me and my family?

Bristol Food Network’s website lists advice centres and other organisations working to support those in food poverty and food insecurity.

How can I get involved in a community growing group in Bristol?

Bristol Food Network provide a map to help you find out where to go to find peaceful city sanctuaries and social garden spaces. Click on the icons to find out where the gardens are, what they are doing and how to find out more information. The same page provides information about community groups, orchards, city farms, transition groups and gardening groups. Can Do Bristol is also a helpful resource for volunteering – use it to search for opportunities across Bristol. Narrow down your search by using the neighbourhood and theme search filters. For example, select “gardening/conservation” in Windmill Hill and you see a call out for helpers at Windmill Hill City Farm.

How can I find healthy and sustainable places to eat out in Bristol?

The Bristol Eating Better Award supports and rewards businesses that take action to offer healthier food options and promote sustainability. Find out more about the Bristol Eating Better Award scheme and find awarded organisations in the city.

What can I do as a Bristol citizen to reduce my household or business carbon footprint when choosing food?

The Bristol Climate Hub shows things you can do to reduce your household or business carbon footprint. Use the search fields to find options that are interesting or relevant to you, or try the quiz if you’re not sure where to start.

How can I find an allotment in Bristol?

Find details of all allotments in Bristol and apply for a plot on the Bristol City Council website.

How can I join a foraging walk near me?

Go Foraging offers foraging walks and courses in the Bristol and Bath area – see the website for details. Bristol naturalist, conservationist and educator Steve England also runs foraging walks, along with other nature and history walks. You can also join the Bristol Foraging Meetup Group to find out about foraging events. The Community Farm also has lots of events and courses including foraging walks.

How can I share Local Food Economy news or events with other people in Bristol?

Submit details on the Bristol Good Food website to let us know about your Local Food Economy event and we will spread the word. Once you fill out the form, your event will be reviewed by a member of the team and added to the Events Calendar. You can also get in touch to discuss how to feature a Local Food Economy news story on the Bristol Good Food website.

How can I share my Eating Better news or event to Bristol’s citizens?

To tell us about your Eating Better event, you can submit details on the Bristol Good Food website and we will spread the word. Once you fill out the form, your event will be reviewed by a member of the team and added to the Events Calendar. You can also get in touch to discuss how to feature a story on the Bristol Good Food website.

How can I share my Food Fairness news or events with other Bristol citizens?

If you’re hosting a Food Fairness event in Bristol, you can submit the details on the Bristol Good Food website to spread the word. Once you fill out the form, your event will be reviewed by a member of the team and added to the Events Calendar. You can also get in touch to discuss how to feature your Food Fairness story on the Bristol Good Food website. Sharing your story helps grow Bristol’s Good Food movement in co-creating a food system that’s good for everyone.

How can I share my growing group’s news and events?

To share your Bristol growing group’s event on Bristol Good Food, you can submit details on the Bristol Good Food website to spread the word. Once you fill out the form, your event will be reviewed by a member of the team and added to the Events Calendar. You can also get in touch to discuss how to feature a story on the Bristol Good Food website.

How can my work team get involved in community growing?

Avon Wildlife Trust, The Community Farm, Windmill Hill City Farm, St Werburghs City Farm, Lawrence Weston Community Farm, Elm Tree Farm, Square Food Foundation, Incredible Edible Bristol, FareShare South West and Feeding Bristol are just some of the organisations offering corporate volunteering or team-building days. Bristol Food Network’s website lists projects you can get involved in as a work team.

How can I volunteer time, or donate surplus or money to good food organisations in Bristol?

There are initiatives across the city making it easier for people and businesses to offer help through good food, volunteering time or donating surplus food or money to good food organisations in Bristol. Bristol Food Network’s website provides information about how to volunteer time or donate. Can Do Bristol is also a helpful resource for volunteering – use it to search for opportunities across Bristol.

How can my Bristol school become a Sugar Smart school?

Bristol City Council teamed up with the Sugar Smart campaign run by Sustain and are working in partnership across the city to look at what we can all do at home, in schools, in work and in shops, restaurants, cafes and takeaways. Find out how to become a Sugar Smart school and download presentations for school assemblies.

How can my work team get involved in volunteering for Food Fairness?

Corporate volunteering or team-building days can boost staff morale and productivity levels, while also helping local projects. Bristol Food Network’s website lists projects that offer employee engagement days, team building or volunteering experiences for work teams.

How do I find community cookery classes in Bristol?

Bristol Food Network’s website lists cookery classes in Bristol, including not-for-profit organisations, adult education and commercial cookery classes.

How do I find out more about Bristol as a Living Wage City?

In 2019 Bristol was formally recognised by the Living Wage Foundation for efforts to make Bristol a Living Wage City. Bristol was one of the first UK cities to achieve this acknowledgement. Find out more about making Bristol a Living Wage City on the Bristol One City website.

How do I find out more about food waste recycling in Bristol?

Bristol Waste provide a list of FAQS explaining how Bristol’s food waste is recycled, how to use your food waste caddy and bin, what can go into the bin, and what can’t. Bristol Waste’s Slim My Waste – Feed My Face campaign encourages Bristol residents to put their food waste in the brown caddy instead of the black wheelie bin.

How do I order a food waste bin and caddy to recycle my food waste at home?

Order new brown food waste bins and caddies from the Bristol City Council website. You can also get replacements for lost or damaged bins, boxes, bags or lids for all recycling containers.

How do I work towards becoming a net zero food business?

The Bristol One City Environment and Economy and Skills boards are calling on all businesses and organisations in the city to declare an ambition to reach Net Zero by 2030 and are offering support to help you get there. Find out more by visiting the Bristol One City website.

How do I share my Food Waste event with Bristol citizens?

If you’re hosting a food waste-related event in Bristol, you can submit the details on the Bristol Good Food website to spread the word. Once you fill out the form, your event will be reviewed by a member of the team and added to the Events Calendar. Please check that your email address is correct so that we can contact you if there’s a problem with your submission.

How do I share my Good Food Governance event with Bristol citizens?

You can submit details on the Bristol Good Food website to spread the word about your Good Food Governance event. Once you fill out the form, your event will be reviewed by a member of the team and added to the Events Calendar. You can also get in touch to discuss how to feature a story on the Bristol Good Food website.

What companies provide separate commercial food waste collections in Bristol?

Bristol Food Network’s website lists companies that provide separate commercial food waste collections in Bristol. This list is not exhaustive, so if you know of any other companies who should be here, please let BFN know. The BFN website also lists questions to ask your waste collection company, such what is the minimum amount (tonnage) of food waste they will collect on a weekly basis.

What is Bristol City Council’s food procurement policy?

Read about the buying standards and commitments for food and catering in the public sector on the Bristol City Council website.

What local veg box schemes are available?

Go to the Bristol Food Network website for information about veg box schemes in the Bristol area with locally grown food, supplied direct from the growers.

What support is available in Bristol for commercial growers and food producers?

See Bristol Food Producer’s Resource Directory to signpost you towards helpful sources of information, training and support.

Where can I find a local co-op or buying group?

Find out more about food co-ops buying groups in the Bristol area on the Bristol Food Network website.

Where can I find a regular local food market?

Go to the Bristol City Council website for a list of all markets around the city.

Where can I find local, independent food providers?

Bristol Food Network provide information about where to buy local food in Bristol from markets to veg box schemes to community-supported agriculture. Supporting local doesn’t always have to mean your local community, it can also mean supporting local-scale production, rather than huge corporations, including Fair Trade.

Who is my local councillor and how can I get in touch about the community food issues that I care about?

Find out who your local councillor is, their contact details, any committees they belong to, and what the role of a councillor is within the council on the Bristol City Council website.