Opportunities in Bridport

If you’re interested in getting your hands into the soil or you’d like to improve your cooking skills or you want to get creative, why not check out these great opportunities. Take a look also at our foodfuture Bridport site

HOME in Bridport uses arts and cultural work to help families develop new skills around food shopping, cooking and growing. The project employs part time gardeners to oversee St Mary’s Edible Garden and the Princess Rd community allotment. Contact Sarah Wilberforce on 01308 898368 or sarahwilberforce@gmail.com for more details.

Bridport Community Orchard and Allotment  offers accessible raised beds and a supportive community of growers to work and learn alongside. The group meets Thursdays 2-4pm March till October. Contact Jill Lloyd on 01308 458480 or jill.lloyd15@talktalk.net for more details.

Plan B is an informal group of like-minded people organising local food related work days and pop up awareness raising stalls plus the annual Potato Day in February and Grow Your Own Plant Giveaway in May. Contact Jude Hopkins on dropkins@phonecoop.coop for more details.

Bridport Seed Swap - This annual event allows local gardeners to swap their saved and surplus seed, gardening tips and tales. We meet usually on the second Saturday in February at the Ropemakers Inn, West Street between 10-12. No need to bring spare seeds along, there's always plenty for everyone in exchange for a drink at the bar! For more info call Eileen 01308 421678 or eileenhaste@gmail.com

Borough Gardens Veg Beds - Wonderland Nursery works with volunteers to tend this small but beautiful vegetable garden. The three beds including vegetables, soft fruit and herbs provide bountiful opportunities for the children to experience food's journey from seed to plate. The group meets for planting/harvesting and eating several times in the growing season. If you would like to be involved please contact Eileen on 01308 421678 or eileenhaste@gmail.com

Bridport Local Food Group runs the annual Bridport Food Festival and has developed the Food Service Awards to celebrate people working in hospitality in the town. The Food Group also publishes an annual Food Guide, the definitive list of all food businesses in the town. Contact Jay Anderson on jjandsjanderson@tiscali.co.uk

Bridport and District Allotment Society has over 200 members with an annual subscription of just £2 entitling you to a 10 % discount at Groves. Bridport Town Council has greatly increased the number of allotments in recent years, and while there is a waiting list, plots do become available. For more info about the Society contact Lynne Atkinson on 01308 424587 or bridportallotmentsociety@gmail.com. To obtain an allotment in Bridport contact Bridport Town Council on 01308 456722 or enquiries@bridport-tc.gov.uk

Allotment sites - Skilling, Flaxhayes, West Allington, Priory Lane, Community Orchard

Princess Road Community Allotment was born from a need for families from the Magna flats in Skilling to have a space to grow their own vegetables and enjoy fresh air and outdoor activities with their young children. In our first year we have fresh veg, slimmer waistlines and children full of homemade smoothies! New recruits are very welcome please contact: rebecca-garner@hotmail.co.uk or 07766 445513

The Grow Team offers vulnerable adults with mental health support needs and/or learning disabilities the opportunity to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers on a patchwork of allotments in Bridport. We provide a safe and nurturing environment that fosters achievement and a sense of belonging. Everyone involved contributes their time, skills and energy, and takes home a share of the harvest. Please contact Tim or Carolyn for session times and more info info@thegrowteam.co.uk  or 07989 910540

The Peasant Evolution Producers Cooperative (PEPC) distributes produce from small scale organic farms and other local food producers through its mobile shop, the Charmouth Dragon, in Bridport and to surrounding towns and villages. The project aims to reinvigorate our rural areas with healthy, tasty food while building markets for local farms and businesses. Contact Laurie on 07460 972683 or info@pepcrealfood.co.uk.

The Discover Farming Centre, run by the Melplash Agricultural Society at Washingpool Farm helps local children and young people understand food, farming, how to eat healthily and to learn about careers in farming, agriculture and related industries. Whole classes from primary and secondary schools are welcome. Contact Vicky Holland on 01308 459549 or info@washingpool.co.uk https://www.facebook.com/discoverfarming


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