Scaling up the Kitchen Garden Enterprise

by Kristjan Bigland in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 8th February 2021 we successfully raised £30,085 ( + est. £769.50 Gift Aid ) with 130 supporters in 56 days

Scaling up the Kitchen Garden Enterprise with a new poly tunnel and packing shed to increase production, sales and services to the community

by Kristjan Bigland in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Any extra funds raised will be used to implement a composting, water storage and irrigation system. 

 This would be in the form of a multi-module compost unit with a corrugated roof for collecting rain water, several large water buts for water storage linked up to soak hoses to irrigate the beds. Thanks to the sloping gradient of the site there would be enough pressure for the water to feed down without requiring a pump system


 The KGE is a new social enterprise, part of the larger organization that is Heart of BS13. We have been working in the community of Hartcliffe and Withywood for over 25yrs and we are committed to reducing health inequalities in this area. Through the sale of fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and cut flowers, the Kitchen Garden Enterprise creates vocational training and horticulture activities for the community of BS13.

What we need: 

We want to scale up our enterprise so that we have a greater positive impact on the community of BS13. We can do this by increasing our production of vegetables and cut flowers, doubling the number of families we feed through our veg box subscriptions and increase the amount of veg we provide for our community kitchen to make nutritious and affordable ready meals for the community. By increasing our revenue we can support more Hartcliffe and Withywood residents through our trainee and volunteer programmes.

 In order to achieve our goal, we need two fundamental improvements to our site.

1. A packing shed

A covered area for packing veg-boxes, storing produce, running educational workshops and outdoor cookery classes, and a place for our team of volunteers and trainees to safely congregate outside, protected from all weathers. This extra packing and storage space would enable us to not only double our veg box production but dramatically increase our efficiency, saving time and resources.


 2. A new poly-tunnel

Our current poly tunnels are no longer fit for purpose and will not last the winter.

We want to replace these 3 old structures with one large poly which will allow us to increase our yields by up to 50%. Not only will a larger poly give us more growing space but by having all of our indoor growing under one roof we will be able to water, harvest and plant more efficiently.



More about The Kitchen Garden Enterprise

Our Volunteers, Trainees and Participants

1607254797_portraits_hbs13_2019_45.jpgWe welcome everyone at the KGE and we have a team of dedicated volunteers from the BS13 area and beyond. Volunteers gain employability-skills training as well as specific horticultural knowledge. Volunteers tell us that getting involved with the garden helps to develop personal skills and confidence, improves emotional and physical health and helps them to feel part of a bigger community.

Trainee Horticulturist
We have a part time trainee post which supports and trains an individual from the BS13 area to complete a year long course in horticulture. As well as a City and Guilds qualification, learning outcomes for this programme include everything from soil management and pruning to crop planning and scaling up a social enterprise.

Participants are usually referred to us via social prescribing routes and/or other social services.The KGE has the capacity to take between 40 - 50 individual participants per year and each participant can attend the project for up to 2.5 days per week. They may also be from local schools or elderly community groups and our aim is for everyone to enjoy and participate in the horticultural environment, reduce social isolation, develop skills and confidence and improve emotional and physical health.

Our Produce


The vegetables, herbs, fruit and cut flowers we grow are sold in our veg box subscription scheme and via our online shop to people in the local area and wider Bristol.

Our produce is also grown for use in our Real Meal Store, a community kitchen which provides healthy, affordable ready meals for the people of BS13.1607421488_community_kitchen_food_response_april_2020_23.jpg1607421216_img-20201204-wa0010.jpg

Our programmes

Money raised through this crowd funder will  enable us to deliver more of our specialised therapeutic programmes around nutrition and health. Participants are able to cook food straight from the field and learn about the benefits of fresh, chemical free, home grown food.1607422083_img_2221.jpg


Zero waste

As an organisation, we are committed to making BS13 part of the conversation, and the solution to the climate emergency - our garden is chemical free, no-dig and zero waste. 

1607259329_kge_sep_chutney_2020_52.jpgAs we are a zero-waste garden, we process all our seasonal gluts and turn them into preserves, chutneys, ferments and sauces.  We use these to fill our veg boxes during the winter months, to make sustainable Christmas Hampers and to sell from our Real Meals Store at The Gatehouse in Hartcliffe.

How we will spend the money raised:

30ft x 90ft Poly tunnel (including installation) £9470
Compost for making new no-dig beds in the new poly £500
Timber framed packing shed inc preparatory ground works estimate £10,000

Total spend :£19,970




This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£30 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Pledge £30 & receive £10 of Hart's Bakery Vouchers

Pledge £30 and receive a £10 Hart's Bakery Gift Vouchers.

£5 or more

Grow your own seeds pack

A selection of seeds for sowing in the spring so you can grow your own flowers, herbs, and vegetables.

£10 or more

Be a name in our hall of fame

Donate £10 or more for a place in our hall of fame in the wildlife area of The Kitchen Garden Enterprise

£25 or more

Grow your own seeds pack

Receive a pack of our KGE seeds to grow at home

£25 or more

8 of 10 claimed

Access Charles Dowding's online course

Pledge £25 and gain access to Charles Dowding's online course - Module 5: FERTILITY, COMPOST AND SOIL

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Access to Charles Dowding's online course

Pledge £25 and recieve access to Charles Dowding's online course-Module 6: Small space concessions

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Half-day with The Environment Education Project

Gain skills, confidence, and literacy around sustainability, biodiversity, and eco-empathy in a half-day session with The Environment Education Project The sessions are varied, versatile and eventful with a clear objective to generate action and agency in young people around environmental challenges. For more information go to

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Grow your own kitchen garden

A selection of vegetable and herb plants delivered to you in the spring for you to start your own kitchen garden from scratch.

£30 or more

Grow your own flower garden

A selection of plug plants to start your own beautiful flower garden!

£30 or more

5 of 6 claimed

Kitchen Garden Enterprise Hamper

Fresh vegetables, apple juice, homemade preserves, chutneys, jams, and fresh herbs in a beautifully presented hamper. Free delivery to Bristol postcodes

£45 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Community kitchen takeaway and teatowel

Pledge £45 and receive a voucher for a delicious, vegetarian, 2 course takeaway for 2 people from our friends at The Coexist Community Kitchen

£50 or more

A selection of 'Real Meals' to a Bristol address

Donate £50 and receive a selection of 4 Heart of BS13 Real Meal Store, nutritious meals for 2 to a Bristol address

£80 or more

Zoom Fermentation Party for you and your friends!

Share the fun of fermentation with your friends! An online fermentation party for you and your friends at a time and date of your choice. Learn the basics of fermentation from fermentation teacher @cookingwithjosephine and make a jar of kimchikraut in the comfort of your own kitchen.

£100 or more

Floristry workshop for 2 with tea and cake!

A summer floristry workshop for 2 people at the KGE with tea & cake! Learn how to cut, condition, and arrange a bouquet of flowers, have a tour of the garden, and enjoy tea and homemade cake in the orchard.

£250 or more

Summer wedding floristry package

Pledge £250 for a summer wedding floristry package made from our very own sustainable seasonal BS13 grown flowers. This will include, 1 x Hand tied Bridal bouquet 2 x Bridesmaids posy. 6 x Buttonholes 3 x Corsage 2 x Table design flowers

£500 or more

Corporate team-building away day at the KGE

A day for you and your team at The Kitchen Garden Enterprise. A great day of physical, outdoor, rewarding team-work accompanied by a delicious lunch made from the produce we grow. Suitable for teams of up to 10 people.

£1,000 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Corporate team-building away day at the KGE

A day for you and your team at The Kitchen Garden Enterprise. A great day of physical, outdoor, rewarding team-work accompanied by a delicious lunch made from the produce we grow. Suitable for teams of up to 20.

£10 or more

4 of 4 claimed

£10 Voucher for The Lounge, Bedminster

£10 voucher to spend at The Lounge, Bedminster

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Charles Dowding Calendar

Pledge £20 and receive a 2021 Charles Dowding gardening calendar

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Coexist Community Kitchen Takeaway Vouchers

Pledge £25 for a delicious Community Kitchen takeaway supper club voucher for two people

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Meal for 2 at Salt and Malt

A meal for 2 at Josh Eggleton's Salt and Malt restaurant

£60 or more

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Meal for 2 at the new Pony North St

A meal for 2 at Josh Eggleton's new restaurant the Pony North St

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Meal for two at Breaking Bread

A meal for two at Josh Eggleton's summer pop-up restaurant, Breaking Bread

£100 or more

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Meal for 2 at The Pony and Trap

A meal for 2 at Josh Eggleton's award winning Pony and Trap restaurant.

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