We are a group of people exploring what it means to
'Go Local' and 'Go Green' in the city of Bristol.
Going Local, Going Green is a media and action learning research project that follows a group of people living in Bristol and tells the story of their in-depth exploration of this question with regards to overarching themes of food, nature, economy, land and health .
Photograph above: Neil James Brain
Our exciting news is that in early 2016 we will be releasing a short documentary following Jo and Holly and their exploration of the 100-mile locavore diet. All will be revealed in the new year...
In 2015 I lost my lemons, so to speak. And when I say lemons, I really mean 'my shit'. The past 12 months have been full of ups and downs and roundabouts - a bit like Milton Keynes. It all began with Going Local Going Green.
There is something wonderful about urban farms. At first this feeling is hard to locate – living with animals is something many of us do in the city. From cats, dogs, rabbits and snakes, to the quiet hedgehogs and foxes scurrying in our backgardens under the cloak of darkness, we are sharing the city with lots of different species.
Back in September we hit the halfway marker of our year long project; Going Local Going Green. We celebrated with a workshop at Feed Bristol’s Land and Food forum under the theme of 'resilience within our food system' - giving us a chance to reflect on our findings on Bristol's food landscape. And, most importantly, to talk about our recent locavore diet (the 100 mile diet).
Whilst I haven’t been doing the 100 mile diet I have also been thinking Locavore, albeit more from production, health, wild, and systems perspectives. . . .when you look at something from multiple angles interesting insights often arise! Here are a few that have come up for me.
Recently we've been busy talking about Going Local Going Green with various groups of people. As part of the project we're really keen to get feedback from you about our findings to date.
Boudicca, known as Britons warrior queen, who defended these lands from Romans.
When it comes to economics I’ve always struggled. At times it feels like a huge subject interwoven with difficult terminology and grand concepts completely removed from our daily lives. But in reality, we’re all economists in one way or another,
Access to food is complicated, with the recent economic crisis affecting families all over the UK.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my privilege. Arguably, this should be something always near the foreground of my thoughts. But recently, these thoughts have specifically been in relation to the locavore diet.
What do mean when we say 'local'? How do we choose which boundaries we are talking about?
So we’ve reached the halfway mark on our our social, environmental experiment Going Local, Going Green. Each month has brought about a new set of realisations for me, but this morning at the 6 month bench mark I had a very grounding realisation.
The Locavore diet, as you may have noticed, has been a massive learning curve for me. I’ve really struggled on some days. Some days I’ve found it so easy I laugh in the face of my dinner options. On other days I’ve sat down to some serious ideological debate in my head as to why exactly we’re doing this.
You may have seen ‘Bristol 2015’ with a green circle logo around town - the brand name for Bristol being European Green Capital this year - but what does this mean?
In recent years I have felt the weight and responsibility of the world and it’s increasing environmental issues falling all the more heavily on my shoulders. I know, what a Debbie Downer way to start, but I assure you it gets more upbeat.
Getting really local. I want to talk about menstruation. Which sounds a lot more boring than it actually is. It also has the habit of making people turn off, as though the only possible thing I could talk about are period pains and PMS.
One of the questions that I want to explore over the year is….
How can plants heal us?
I would like to get to know somebody before asking them for help, why should it be different for plants?
Saturdays in July and August have seen a series of events at the Create Centre called Soil Culture, I was asked to briefly share my thoughts on 'Growing Soil', so here we go!
The show Three acres and a cow, a history of land rights and protest in folk song and story, was recently in Bristol as part of the Soil Culture programme at the Create Centre. Here is one of two local poems I read as part of the show.