Apart from sharing a delicious meal, some good local brews and getting to meet lots of new people you will hear four short presentations introducing four practical ways that local farmers and landowners can work more directly and effectively with Bristol based businesses and communities. We hope the evening will be an invaluable opportunity to share ideas, meet people and forge new opportunities. After each presentations there will be a Q&A. The hope is that through lively discussion and critical feedback we will be able to support four great initiatives that will in turn help to support more resilient farming, food production and rural enterprise.
Nessie Reid, from The Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) and The Milking Parlour. Nessie will open the evening and introduce some of the agroecological solutions to common farming challenges explored in the coming edition of the ORFC. Nessie is advocating an Agrarian renaissance, to restore agriculture and all that goes with it to its proper place at the heart of the economy, and indeed of all our lives. What could I learn from the ORFC?
Petronella Tyson from Rural Project: Petronella will introduce a vision for a new workspace hub and rural enterprise centre that will provide support for small businesses, art studios, events, courses, school visits and adult learning. This project answers the need for people in urban centre's to reconnect with the land while also providing better opportunities for those living in rural areas to develop enterprises and promote wellbeing. Where is a good home for a project like this?
Jamie Pike, co-founder of Coexist CIC and The Assemblies Restaurant Group, will present anew business model for how growers and restaurants can work in closer partnership, de-risking production for food producers, cutting out the middle man and increasing the volume of local supply to Bristol based restaurants: Business-Community Supported Agriculture. Who would like to be involved in the pilot project?
Steph Wetherell of Bristol Food Producers (BFP), will introduce this diverse network of local growers, farmers, food processors, distributors and restaurateurs working together to supply the city we love. How do I get involved?
Where: The Event Space (3rd floor), Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY (easy to get to from M32)
When: Monday 5th December 6:30pm - 9:30pm