Sims Hill Shared Harvest
Sims Hill is a pioneering cooperative owned by its members. We are a Community Supported Agriculture Project (CSA), growing food just 4 miles from the centre of Bristol. Instead of just buying veg from us, people become members of the project. Our core aims are to produce healthy, local, seasonal veg using using organic principles, whilst making good local food affordable and accessible, especially those in more difficult financial situations. We currently grow food on around 2.5 acres for 120 households across Bristol. We offer our seasonal veg boxes in 2 sizes: Full shares suitable for 2+ people cost £48/month (£12/week) or Half shares for 1-2 people cost £28/month (£7/week). Our shares are delivered to central collection points around Bristol every Thursday. Collection points – Easton, St Werburghs, Fishponds, St George, Frenchay, Bedminster, Gloucester Road, St Annes. CSA’s operate on a shared risk, shared responsibility basis. The CSA model connects the farmer directly with the consumer and creates much more stability and support for the farmer in terms of planning what to grow. It reduces waste by effectively growing to order, and in really bad years, if yields are low, members agree to take less veg whilst still paying for their membership to help the farm through hard times. At Sims Hill we have quarterly members meetings and we all decide together the price of the share and what we will grow.