Local food

Community Supported Agriculture

At the talk on “Sustainable food for Britain” by Patrick Holden, several people in the audience agreed to come together to start some form of community supported agriculture. Loosely defined, this is where people in Bath will make some arrangement to be supplied with food directly by local growers, thereby reducing the amount of oil used in the process, and the amount of CO2 emitted.

The exact nature of the community supported agriculture for Bath has not been defined yet, but there are examples from around the country. In principle, there are three entities to consider – the land, the grower and the consumer – and we are looking for all three.

  • Are you a consumer who is prepared to commit to spending a fixed amount per month on local food?
  • Are you a grower who would like a new customers, who will commit to buying your produce?
  • Or, do you own local land, or know of any local land, which could be used for growing food?

If the answer is yes, or if you have any expertise that might be useful in setting this up, please contact Hugh Prentice: hugh at transitionbath.org.uk.

See also details on Community Supported Agriculture.

Setting up a Community Farm Land Trust (CFLT) has been suggested, to secure land for growing food, in a similar way to the Soil Association Land Trust. In Bath, we will also use a CFLT to increase the number of allotments available. Again, if you are interested in being involved, please contact Hugh.

Guerrilla Gardening

From December 2009, the Transition Bath Food Group has been working on a public piece of land in Bath. They've been clearing the land of brambles, and planting fruit bushes for anyone to harvest. This is one of the many steps we plan to take to plant edible food on spare land in and around Bath. If you want to know more about these events, contact Lyn at lynbarham at btinternet.com or 01225 428039.

Wild gardening in Wild West Bath

If you live on the West side of Bath you may like to know that things are happening there. People in Weston, Twerton Village and East Twerton have all shown interest in getting together. One of the ideas, inspired by the Todmorden event at the BIG Event, is to grow food on odd bits of land. Do join us - contact afrelmira at googlemail.com.

Bath Organic Group Seed Swap Sunday

The annual Seed Swap meeting is a great place to share crops that have been successful for you and swap them for those that other people have grown. It’s an excellent way to find veg seeds that do well in Bath, and new ones to try out – and it’s all for the price of a packet of seeds from the garden centre. Those without seeds to swap will be welcome but must bring cake. Info: contact Bath Organic Group.

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