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The Kitchen Garden Enterprise

The Kitchen Garden Enterprise is an acre of no-dig market garden in BS13. Through producing sustainable, local vegetables and flowers to sell across Bristol, we are investing back into BS13, creating vocational training and environmental engagement for all ages.

What we offer

Educational and therapeutic horticultural programmes
We deliver green educational and therapeutic programmes with local people, including schools, special educational needs groups and other statutory or third sector agencies in the area.

Mentored volunteering programme
We have a team of dedicated local volunteers who gain employability-skills training as well as specific horticulture knowledge. All our long-term volunteers are mentored to support them to set and reach their own goals.

Community and business volunteering days
We run monthly volunteer days for anyone who would like to learn more about our work and help out for the day, and a business volunteering scheme for businesses who want to bring their staff to our site to participate in personalised team away days.

Produce for sale
We grow sustainably-produced fruit, vegetables and flowers  through our online shop which we deliver to our customers across Bristol. We also make delicious preserves which go into our gift hampers.

Workshops
We run fun and educational workshops including flower bouquet-making, Christmas crafts, pumpkin-carving and composting. We want these to be accessible for all and they are offered at a discount for local residents.

Local, sustainable ingredients
Our fruit and veg features in our Real Meal range, making our frozen meals delicious, low-carbon AND a way of addressing health inequality and food insecurity in BS13.

Composting to close the loop at Heart of BS13

Food is central to our goal of addressing social and health inequality in BS13.  At the Kitchen Garden Enterprise we grow amazing chemical free herbs, vegetables and flowers, through the Real Meal Store we cook and supply healthy, nutritious meals to our local community and beyond.

Heart of BS13 provides training opportunities to learn about horticulture, or to cook in a professional environment, so what happens to our leftover food, the kitchen scraps and our garden waste is also an important part of the story.

Composting is the final piece of the puzzle which completes the circle from the growing of our ingredients, the cooking of our food and finally the transformation of waste products into an asset that can be returned to the soil to begin the cycle again.  By composting our food and garden waste we can prevent valuable resources from going to landfill and what would have otherwise been thrown away is transformed into a valuable product that we can use in our gardens.

The composting process captures carbon and returns it to the growing cycle, reducing methane from landfill sites and making a positive impact to our individual and collective climate emissions.

At the Kitchen Garden Enterprise we are passionate about the environment, soil health and working with natural systems to grow strong and healthy plants.  Making and using our own compost in the garden is a fundamental element of our gardening ethos.  We want to share our skills and understanding so that anyone who wants to can make their own compost.  Homemade, nutrient rich compost is cheap and easy to make and your garden will thrive as you add it back to the soil.  So to reduce waste, save money and grow happy and healthy plants keep an eye out for our composting workshops that will be running at the KGE very soon!

Covid-19 volunteering policy

We are applying the following measures at the KGE to make us Covid-safe.

We ask volunteers, participants ands staff to wash their hands regularly, hand sanitiser is available around the site.

We ask people to leave contact details for track and trace purposes.

Any person experiencing symptoms to please let us know if you’ve been in contact with the KGE and to self-isolate as per government guidelines

We have a regular cleaning schedule in place for shared spaces

Please contact kge@heartofbs13.org.uk for more information about volunteering with us.

 

 

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