Communities

We at Green Feasts believe being part of a thriving community makes us happier.  It’s a great feeling to walk down the road and know lots of friendly faces, stop and have a chat and work together to improve things in your neighbourhood.  We put this philosophy into action by volunteering our time for various local projects, as well as offering freelance services for those able to access some funding.  Below are some examples of the work we’ve done to support community development and get to know our neighbours.

 

 TRANSITION MONTPELIER – URBAN GREENING

Sally co-founded the Urban Greening gardening group in 2010 together with fellow Montpelier resident Shiona MacPherson, under the umbrella organisation of Transition Montpelier.  The aim was to convert public spaces into productive, attractive growing areas, by engaging and supporting local residents in action workdays.  We hoped residents would learn gardening skills along the way, and take ownership of the limited outdoor amenity the area offers.  Having fun with neighbours is also an important aspect of the group!  Now going in its fourth growing season, Urban Greening is going from strength to strength.

 

BEAN FEAST

Bean Feast was an annual event in Montpelier, Bristol in the 18th century.  In 2009 we decided to bring this tradition back to life as a harvest festival celebrating all things local, including allotment and garden grown produce.    By recruiting Montpelier residents to the organising group, and getting the support of the community, we were able to close the street to traffic and fill it with neighbours all getting to know each other in a celebratory atmosphere.  There was a fruit n veg produce exchange, public art, live music, a bean cook-off competition, bean and vegetable themed games and elections of mock dignatories.

The day was such a success that we repeated the event in 2010, from which a committee formed to take this annual tradition forward.  In 2012 we assisted the committee with coordinating another fantastic day for the community.

 

GROFUN

GROFUN stands for ‘Growing Real Organic Food in Urban Neighbourhoods’ and is a Bristol-based social enterprise aimed at increasing the amount of food grown in the city.  We have been supporting Grofun’s ‘Many Hands’ scheme since 2007, volunteering time to support local residents with garden makeovers and advice to help them get growing food.  Our efforts included recruiting other volunteers, putting together funding applications and preparing and carrying out landscaping/planting work in the gardens.

[We also worked with Grofun on the ‘Learning by Growing’ initiative in local schools.  For more info, visit the Schools page – click here.]

Watch Grofun’s feature on BBC Gardeners World here (and spot Sally weeding the Grofun community allotment!)

For more details on Grofun visit www.grofun.org.uk

 

FOOD GROWING WORKSHOPS

The joy of growing your own food can be infectious, but some people need a helping hand to get started.  We have planned and delivered both adult and child targeted workshops around the themes of growing organic food.   Sessions are interactive, practical, informative and fun.  So far we have offered a programme of workshops in the local park and at a variety of outdoor events.

 

‘Green Feasts’ is…

a family run company that produces food, supports sustainable food projects and contributes to community development.

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