BCA Food & Growing Group

A group of BCA members have set up a Food & Growing Group to promote a network of existing small food retailers, suppliers and growers in the BANES area with the aim of growing and increasing the availability of sustainable, affordable local food production.

The group is keen to involve new members who are interested in collaborating around the following aims:

  • Providing affordable, nutritious food security for the local population.
  • Promoting high levels of food standards and animal welfare.
  • Bringing the food economy into the hands of the local community.
  • Providing employment for the local population.
  • Ensuring good stewardship of land to address the environmental and ecological crisis.

They are also interested in purchasing land in Bath & North East Somerset which can be worked on a co-operative basis.

Contact us if you would like to get involved.

Local cooperative food & growing

Southside Food Co-op
Part of Time Bank Plus, it offers people in the South & West of Bath an opportunity to buy fresh locally grown produce at affordable prices.

Middle Ground Growers
As well as delivering veg boxes around town they also sell a wide range of fruit and veg from their market stall at the Dry Arches Ground in Batheaston every Wednesday afternoon from 3 until 6 pm.

The Community Farm (Chew Magna)
A social enterprise based in Chew Magna, owned and governed by 500 member stakeholders. They grow and sell locally-sourced, 100% organic, seasonal produce with outlets in Bath, Chew Magna and Southmead Hospital plus a box delivery service covering Bath, Bristol, The Chew Valley, Frome and Weston-Super-Mare. Profits fund learning activities for local children, adults and vulnerable people and they offer regular volunteering opportunities.

Undercliff Urban Farm
A small-scale farming operation set over 2 sites on the cusp of Bath. The original, Undercliff, is located between the Canal and the Railway, and the more recent site is on the lower slopes of Solsbury Hill. They practice regenerative agriculture, working to build soil rather than deplete it whilst producing food.

Transition Bath Food Group has initiated a project with the multi-agency Food Poverty Steering Group set up by B&NES Council. Many allotment growers and gardeners have surplus vegetables and fruit during the summer glut period from August to October. This project directs the abundance to local charities and organisations like children’s centres which have set up food clubs and school holiday food provision. The Council’s intention is to help families on low income access affordable food in a dignified way.

The Sustainable Food Partnership
The mission of the Sustainable Food Partnership is to improve lives, influence local food policy and optimise sustainable food provision in Bath and north east Somerset.