The Real Junkfood Project

TheRealJunkfoodProjectThe Real Junk Food Project Brighton is part of the Real Junk Food Project network, created by Adam Smith.

The concept is a simple one: Intercept food waste destined for land fill and use it to feed people who need it, on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis. The revolutionary ‘pay as you feel’ concept encourages people to think about what that plate of food means to them, if they can’t afford to pay money, then they may want to wash up  or spread the word about the concept and the project. Food is a basic amenity that should be available to EVERYONE regardless of financial status.

Almost half the food the world produces – equivalent to 2 billion tonnes – ends up as waste every year, yet there are 842 million hungry people in the world.

We don’t just aim to use this catastrophic problem of food waste as a solution to hunger, but we aim to use it as a way of raising awareness, to teach people how to be waste conscious, how to live sustainably and self sufficiently.

So far we have a café to use and a vast number of volunteers to help. We need food, help and support and hungry people to feed. This requires hours of dedication to raise awareness and free spare time to help. We are a community interest company with the intention of using government funding to expand and grow. Please get in touch to get involved and spread the word with anyone who may benefit or be interested.

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Shift Bristol

Shift BristolShift Bristol is a non-profit organisation providing holistic, hands-on training in permaculture and sustainability. We have been running a one year Practical Sustainability Course in the city for 6 years, spawning informed, enthusiastic and confident practitioners who want to make the world a better place.

We work from the grass-roots up, creating pathways towards mainstream change. We believe inspired collective action is a key to unlocking the cultural and physical changes needed to respond to the complex issues of our time. Our students spend a year fully immersed in nature, food, local materials, working with their hands, hearts and minds to discover their piece of the puzzle. Most of all they work with each other and the community around them.

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Landmatters Cooperative Permaculture Project

Raised beds at Landmatters
Raised beds at Landmatters

The Landmatters Community has ‘permaculture ethics, principles and design methods’ as the primary point of its mission statement. A group of land activists used a cooperative structure to raise funds and buy their site, near Totnes, Devon, in 2003 and have lived there since 2005. 42 acres of land include semi-natural ancient woodlands, pasture, hedgerows and scrub; ponies, goats, chickens and bees are kept on-site as well as gardens (and one polypod), which provide vegetables, and a small income for the majority of the year.

As recipients of funding from the pioneering Transition Town Totnes programme, Landmatters installed 15 photo-voltaic panels on the roof of the self-built barn; a wind turbine generates the remainder of the electricity, enabling the site to make use of some appliances as well as maintain its connection to a broader community online. Together with the on-site harvesting of firewood, Landmatters is proudly ‘off-grid,’ and is continuing to work towards further reduction of its carbon footprint.

The community has a dedicated commitment to educational programmes, both for its 7 young members (aged 3-15) but also through engagement with universities, extensive volunteering opportunities, permaculture courses and use of the on-site facilities to offer additional services to the local community, such as yoga tuition and activist group meetings.

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EmbercombeOur mission is to inspire a new generation of leaders and change makers to take courageous action for a just, peaceful and sustainable world.  Through all our work inside and outside of Embercombe, our community offers a vision of the future we know is possible. A world where all people live in communities that care for each other, who are connected to nature and enable each member to lead an empowered, fulfilling life.

We know that change needs to happen throughout society and that anyone can take a lead in bringing about change; and to that end Embercombe offers programmes that aim to reach as many individuals and groups as possible, regardless of their social or financial position. 

Embercombe was established by Mac Macartney in 1999 as a ‘garden to grow people’ and the charity was formed in 2006. Embercombe is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee, governed by a Board of Trustees and regulated by the Charity Commission and Companies House.

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Tinkers Bubble

Tinkers BubbleTinkers Bubble is a low impact woodland community in Somerset, with a passion for sustainability and for working the land.  It was founded in 1994 on a 40 acre site, of which 27 acres is woodland.  Currently there are 11 adults and 3 children resident in the community.  The use of fossil fuels is not allowed within their land, other than a few minor exceptions, such as the occasional use of paraffin lamps.  The homes are built using timber grown on site, plus recycled materials.  They grow much of their own food and strive to be as sustainable as possible.  They work the land using horses and produce sawn timber in their steam engine powered sawmill.

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Feed Bristol

FeedBristolFeed Bristol is Avon Wildlife Trust’s community food-growing project in Stapleton, Bristol.

The project enables a wide diversity of people across Bristol to access and value the natural world through learning how to grow food using wildlife-friendly methods.

The project is on eight acres of prime food-growing land with a range of habitats, growing spaces and excellent facilities. The aim is to support a range of community groups and schools with different needs, promoting health, wellbeing and education through outdoor activities.

From volunteering opportunities and corporate volunteer days to being an inspirational site for education visits, Feed Bristol is a community asset and regularly puts on events to celebrate wildlife-friendly gardening.

Since opening in 2012, Feed Bristol has supported 5,500 disadvantaged people, 4,000 school children from 38 schools and over 110 different groups. In total 23,000 people have been engaged through different activities on the site and we have been supported by 453 volunteers giving nearly 22,000 hours of their time!

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Hero-AveburyAvebury henge and stone circles are one of the greatest marvels of prehistoric Britain. Built and much altered during the Neolithic period, roughly between 2850 BC and 2200 BC, the henge survives as a huge circular bank and ditch, encircling an area that includes part of Avebury village. Within the henge is the largest stone circle in Britain – originally of about 100 stones – which in turn encloses two smaller stone circles.

Avebury is part of an extraordinary set of Neolithic and Bronze Age ceremonial sites that seemingly formed a vast sacred landscape. They include West Kennet Avenue, West Kennet Long Barrow, The Sanctuary, Windmill Hill, and the mysterious Silbury Hill. Many can be reached on foot from the village. The Alexander Keiller Museum also displays many notable finds from the Avebury monuments. Together with Stonehenge, Avebury and its surroundings are a World Heritage Site.

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EiggThe Isle of Eigg; a small island with a big reputation!

Eigg is dominated by “an Sgurr”, a dramatic pitchstone ridge, the largest of its kind in Europe. Laig bay, a large white Atlantic beach, faces the Cuillins of Rum, one of the most memorable views on the west coast of Scotland. Further North is the Singing Sands, a stunning musical quartz beach surrounded by outstanding geological formations.

As well as being known as the jewel in the Hebridean crown for its outstanding beauty, Eigg has many other cultural and historical attractions: Picts and Vikings have left their marks, and its rich history is steeped in clan warfare and the crofting way of life.

Eigg’s pioneering community buy-out ushered in land reform in Scotland, giving islanders control of their future for the first time. Among other achievements, Eigg has the first completely wind, water and sun-powered electricity grid in the world. Whether you come for the community or the scenery, to visit Eigg is to begin a life long love affair with our island.

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Rugged sea loch coastScoraig is not an “intentional community” but a collection of individuals who feel connected by our common location with its peculiarities.  The place was populated in the mid 19th century as a result of clearances of families off the better land.  During the 20th century this population departed and has been replaced by us incomers. There are very few places in the UK where people live that are not on the road network or the electricity mains network.  Most people here on Scoraig have chosen to come here because it is different in that way, so we have deliberately made our lives harder.  But some have come for the beautiful views and some have come for the low cost of property (historically) and some have come for the people/community aspect.

Written by Hugh Piggott

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Royate Hill Community Orchard

royate-mike-feingold-in-his-allotment-arms-outstretched_8286.jpg.191x191_q95_crop--50,-50_upscaleThe Community Orchard is a community resource for other allotment holders and local people. It’s primary aim is one of education: practical, hands-on learning about growing and maintaining fruit trees & bushes, along with other veg. It’s secondary aims are the sharing of produce; the promotion of ‘local food’; the benefits of communal space and community. Wherever possible the orchard follows ‘permaculture principles’.

The Orchard now has over 40 varieties of fruit trees, along with fruit bushes and veg. It has begun to graft its own root stock to produce new trees, that are sold on to raise funds. Courses on pruning and grafting trees are held, along with apple pressing to make juice & cider.

The Roundhouse, built by volunteers on a training course, can provide shelter, workshop & meeting space, an area for crafts & green ecology & propagation of plants, and for wildlife observation.

Get Involved – All are welcome to share the Orchard. Workdays on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month, 11am to 4/5pm. Come for as long as you are able, no skills necessary. Please bring vegan food to share for lunch, usually about 1.30pm. For more info, visits & workshops contact Mike on 07768915423

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