Re-scheduled Yurt Opening and Wassail – Sun 27th Jan

Following the floods in November and the snow at the weekend, we’re hoping that third time around the weather will be on our side! We’ve re-scheduled for a third and final time to this Sunday 27th Jan. So many people have contributed so much already to making it a special day so we’re determined to have our celebration!

For more information and/or to book the minibus, please register for your free ticket.

We will still be running our Bake-Off so get your oven mitts out (your cakes should be even better after last week’s trial run!). For more information on the bake-off please email

To give you a sneak peak at the Art Installation that Mother Courage Arts have been working on for the event, take a look at the video preview above.

All the best and fingers crossed for a sunny Sunday!


Posted on 19th January 2013 by Alison Belshaw | No comments, be the first

Snow has affected some deliveries

Although our intrepid drivers have managed to deliver lots of boxes this morning, the snowy conditions mean that they have not been able to get to quite a few of you.

There will be no deliveries in Bath today- we will be redelivering over the weekend as and when the roads become passable

In Bristol- Some drops have been made but if you have not received a box yet, unfortunately we were unable to get to you. We will be in touch with you to let you know what will be happening with your box.

We are doing everything we can to cause as little inconvenience as possible but it seems unlikely that we will be able to make any further deliveries today. Please drop us a line on or call 0845 617 1174

Posted on 18th January 2013 by Laurence Guy | No comments, be the first

Wonderful Winter Wassail 19th Jan – update

The heavy snow today may result in us needing to cancel tomorrow’s Wassail and Yurt Opening. At the moment we are still planning to go ahead and will make a decision first thing tomorrow morning depending on the condition of the roads.

In the event that the roads are icey and we do need to cancel, we will email everyone registered to come by 10am tomorrow and we will also keep you updated here on our website. If you are thinking of coming and haven’t yet registered, please do so here.

All being well and the roads are safe for travel, it promises to be a beautiful winter wonderland so do come along and bring your sledge – we may even organise a sledging contest! We will have a roaring fire, mulled cider and hot Community Farm soup to keep you toasty! You may even get a sneak peak at our fresh new piglets born this week (some of them this morning)…chilly little things!

All the best, wrap up warm and fingers crossed for tomorrow!

Posted on 17th January 2013 by Alison Belshaw | No comments, be the first

Could you live ‘supermarket free’ for a year?

The Community Farm in Chew Magna, Bristol, invites you to join the challenge to find out whether you can live ‘supermarket free’ for a whole year!

The challenge launches alongside a new ‘groceries to you’ service which expands our delivery of popular vegetable boxes to a varied list of everyday essentials and store cupboard staples such as tinned tomatoes, pasta and oats. The aim is to discover how easy it is to buy your food locally without having to go to a supermarket.

Is it possible? What benefits does it have? Does it save money, reduce waste, improve your shopping experience and provide you with better quality food?

The challenge will run from Friday 1 February for a year. We are looking for people to sign up and to share their experiences on our Facebook group.

It’s easy to sign-up and take part. If you feel a year is too long, why not sign up for a month and see how you get on?

Alison Belshaw, Project Director at The Community Farm, said:

“We are really keen to get people thinking more about where their food comes from and to encourage the buying of local and seasonal produce. We thought this would be a fun and challenging way to do it!”

We created the challenge to raise awareness of some of the issues facing our food system such as over-packaging, food security and waste. In the UK about 15 million tonnes of food is thrown away every year. Almost 50% of this comes from our homes* and we would love to find out that buying locally helped you reduce some of that waste – join the challenge and help us find out!

The Community Farm will be offering tips and support via Facebook, Twitter and on the Community Farm website throughout the challenge.

If you sign-up as a new vegetable box customer today, order three boxes and get your fourth box free!

Want to take part?

Join online via our Facebook group

Or come along to our FREE Wonderful Winter Wassail and yurt opening celebration on the 19 January 2013 to sign up in person. Click here to register for your free tickets.

Thinking about it but not sure?

The challenge is inspired by Joanne O’Connell, a freelance journalist who writes for the Guardian, and who has been blogging about doing just this. Read about her experiences so far.

Posted on 15th January 2013 by Alison Belshaw | No comments, be the first

Wonderful Winter Wassail – Sat 19th Jan

Come and join us as we celebrate the opening of our beautiful new ‘Yurt for Learning’ at our first ever Wassail!

Wassailing is an ancient custom which stems from a pagan ritual for promoting a good apple harvest for the coming year. We’ll be singing to the trees, drinking mulled cider and all sorts of other general merry making!

Alongside the ceremony we have all sorts of other things planned for you including an Organic Bake-Off for your chance to win an eight course taster menu for two at local Michelin starred restaurant The Pony and Trap; an interactive art installation exploring our relationships with food, land and community; wassail lantern makingchildren’s activities;  hot food fresh from our fields; hot drinks;  mulled cider and farm tours.

This is a great opportunity to come and learn about the farm, see our fabulous new yurt and in particular, learn about our exciting developments with the lottery funded Community Engagement project.

Click here to register for your FREE ticket – this helps to let us know you are coming.


Most of the activities we have in store will be available for you to get involved with throughout the day however if you are only able to join us for part of the day, we have outlined a programme of the scheduled activities below.

12.30pm   Farm tour

1pm          Bake-off judging and prize giving

1.30pm     Official opening of Yurt by Harvey Hext with intro from Alison Belshaw, Project Director

2pm          Farm tour

2.30pm     Wassail Ceremony

Hot food and drink will be available throughout the day.

Entry: Donation only – all proceeds will go towards funding solar power for our Yurt. Click here to register for your FREE ticket – this helps to let us know you are coming.

We do hope you can join us in the celebration!


Minibus Transport

To try and minimise our carbon footprint at the farm, we encourage people to either lift-share or to book onto a Community Transport Minibus which will be picking up at Bristol hippodrome (12.15am) and Bristol Temple Meads (12.30am) and returning from the farm at 4.30pm.

We ask for a contribution of £5 per adult (children free) to cover costs for the minibus.

To book your place on the minibus, please select this preference when registering for your free ticket.

Posted on 7th January 2013 by Claire Rosling | No comments, be the first

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