Bristol Food Producers - Growing Our Food

by bristolfoodproducers in Bristol, Bristol, England

We did it
On 12th November 2016 we successfully raised £5,607 with 123 supporters in 28 days

We believe Bristol needs an abundance of fresh, fair, local and sustainably produced food and we are working hard to make this happen.

by bristolfoodproducers in Bristol, Bristol, England

New stretch target

Reaching our stretch target would enable us to support our members and local producers even further, running additional training sessions, networking events, writing articles and blog posts, and reaching out to more local producers in and around Bristol. 


Help us Grow Local Food in Bristol! 

Small scale, local food producers often struggle to make viable livelihoods, even though the food they produce is of vital importance to the health and resilience of their communities.  There is a perfect storm of obstacles such as competing in markets dominated by cheap supermarket food, finding secure tenancies, and overheads for seeds and packaging that erode their small profit margins.

We believe a resilient Bristol needs an abundance of fresh, fair, local and sustainably produced food - food that is good for people, good for Bristol and good for the planet. 

Bristol Food Producers is a diverse network of local independent growers, farmers, food processors, distributors and restauranteurs working together to supply the city we love. We're collaborating and supporting each other by sharing advice and resources to scale up our local food system and make good food more available and visible.

Over the last year we've established a membership scheme, held networking events, provided business support and marketing advice, run masterclasses, provided bursaries to members to attend training courses, and begun the task of raising the profile of the organisation locally. We're a not-for-profit social enterprise and a registered Community Benefit Society. You can find out more about us here: http://bristolfoodproducers.uk

 

Why are we crowdfunding?

We're raising funds to support our work over the next year, where our focus is going to be on building producer visibility and solidarity. We have some exciting projects and plans in mind, such as promoting the valuable work of our producer members through a series of video interviews, and providing quarterly networking events for producers to share learning and experience and form links with retailers, chefs, distributors etc. We're also planning to run a series of skill-building masterclasses to upskill our members, and developing our online forum of asks and offers to help provide new connections and support for members. We're also launching two new categories of memberships (retailer and cafe/restaurant) to help support our producers to access new routes to market. 

We'll also be continuing our work to raise the profile of local food and the producers behind the products; sending out monthly newsletters packed with information, advice and training opportunities; speaking at and attending relevant events; creating new opportunities and partnerships and actively promoting members and topical issues via social media

This is an important time for Bristol Food Producers and we need your help and support to make this all happen. Our network is still in its very early stages and we need funding to help us deliver our plans and grow our membership.

There are loads of great rewards available; check out our Bristol Food Producer memberships, Local Food Supporter Package, and our Local Producer Tour. We've also got some great farm tours, wildflowers, beef joints, business team building days and art up for grabs too. And all pledges that include BFP membership will be invited to a big Bristol Food Producers members party which will be held at Feed Bristol early in the new year!

Some of the benefits for Producers/Retailers/Distributors:

  • Access to networking events and connections with other members - help develop new routes to market and contacts
  • Support and collaboration with other producers - help share knowledge and build relationships
  • Increased profile in Bristol through films, blog posts and social media by Bristol Food Supporters
  • Access to reduced price masterclasses and training opportunities

Some of the benefits for Local Food Supporters

  • A greater connection and understanding with the food you eat
  • The knowledge that you are supporting local producers and helping create a sustainable food system
  • An invite to our members' party early next year

Please join us and support our development. Pledge your support to bringing more sustainably food to the city through small independent food businesses in Bristol and the surrounding area.

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

11 of 10 claimed

£5 Reward

WILDFLOWER PLUGS Pack of 6 wildflower plugs from Feed Bristol.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

LOCAL THANK YOU A thank you on our website for believing in our project and a high five from a local producer

£10 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£10 Reward

REAL ECONOMY DISCOUNT £5 off your first two orders from Real Economy.

£10 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£10 Reward

WILDFLOWER PLUGS Pack of 20 wildflower plugs from Feed Bristol.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

LOCAL PRODUCER MEMBERSHIP Membership for producer within 10 miles of Bristol for one year + members' party invite

£15 or more

£15 Reward

LOCAL FOOD SUPPORTER MEMBERSHIP Membership for one year + members' party invite.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

3RD SECTOR MEMBERSHIP Membership for one year + members' party invite

£15 or more

5 of 20 claimed

£15 Reward

BRISTOL FISH PROJECT TOUR Tour and a cup of tea for two at Bristol Fish Project.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Reward

WILDFLOWER PLUGS Pack of 56 wildflower plugs from Feed Bristol.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

LOCAL PRODUCER MEMBERSHIP Membership for producer within 11 and 50 miles of Bristol for one year + members' party invite

£25 or more

£25 Reward

BUSINESS MEMBERSHIP Distributor/Retailer/Strategic Business Supporter membership for one year + a members' party invite

£25 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£25 Reward

BRUNCH FOR TWO Brunch for two at one of the Better Food Company cafes

£25 or more

£25 Reward

RESTAURANT/CAFE MEMBERSHIP Membership for one year + members' party invite

£30 or more

5 of 20 claimed

£30 Reward

CROP PLANNING WORKSHOP + MEMBERSHIP Crop Planning workshop with Miriam Schoen, Farm Manager at Sims Hill, + 1 year BFP Local Food Supporter membership + invite to members' party

£30 or more

£30 Reward

MEMBERSHIP DEAL 1 year Avon Wildlife Trust membership + Local Food Supporter + invite to members' party

£30 or more

3 of 20 claimed

£30 Reward

URBAN FOOD TRAIL TOUR + MEMBERSHIP Tour of the Urban Food Trail + one year Local Food Supporter membership.

£40 or more

£40 Reward

MEMBERSHIP DEAL 1 year membership of The Community Farm's Carrot Club + BFP Local Food Supporter + invite to members' party (http://www.thecommunityfarm.co.uk/membership/carrot-club-loyalty-scheme/)

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£40 Reward

LOCAL BEEF JOINT A joint of organic Dexter Beef from Stream Farm.

£50 or more

3 of 20 claimed

£50 Reward

LOCAL PRODUCER BIKE TOUR + MEMBERSHIP Visit 4-5 local producers by bike with our coordinator + a tea and cake stop + 1 year Local Food Supporter membership + members' party invite.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward

MEAL FOR TWO A meal for two at Poco Tapas Bar

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward

MEAL FOR TWO + MEMBERSHIP A meal for two at the Old Market Assembly with a bottle of house wine and a years local food supporter membership

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward

MEAL FOR TWO + MEMBERSHIP A meal for two at the Canteen with a bottle of house wine and a years local food supporter membership

£50 or more

2 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward

MEAL FOR TWO + MEMBERSHIP A meal for two at No.1 Harbourside with a bottle of house wine and a years local food supporter membership

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward

LOCAL FOOD PHOTOGRAPH A 40 x 50cm framed picture from the Locavore (for examples see www.thelocavore.co.uk)

£100 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£100 Reward

LOCAL FOOD SUPPORTER Local Producer Bike Tour + 1 year Local Food Supporter, AWT & Carrot Club membership + 2 invites to members' party

£250 or more

2 of 4 claimed

£250 Reward

LOCAL FOOD CHAMPION Lifetime supporter membership of Bristol Food Producers + Local Producer Bike Tour + 4 tickets to members party

£500 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£500 Reward

FARM TOUR & TEAM BUILDING DAY + MEMBERSHIP Exclusive farm tour, team building day and farm cooked pizza for up to 10 people for your business at The Community Farm, plus Strategic Business Supporter membership for one year.

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£500 Reward

LOCAL FOOD BUSINESS CHAMPION Lifetime business membership of Bristol Food Producers + 6 tickets members' party

£750 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£750 Reward

LOCAL FOOD LOVER Lifetime supporter membership of Bristol Food Producers, 8 invites to our members' party, a spot on our local producer bike tour, a year's membership of Avon Wildlife Trust and a BIG THANK YOU!

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1,000 Reward

BUSINESS PACKAGE Customised bike tour of local producers around the city for up to 10 people + lifetime Bristol Food Producers membership + 10 tickets to members' party

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£1,000 Reward

LOCAL FOOD SUPERHERO Lifetime membership to Bristol Food Producers + 10 tickets to the members' party and the warm fuzzy feeling that you're supporting the growth of local food.

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