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Imagining future farming with Grow Bristol

Grow Bristol were kind enough to host the members of Young Arnolfini for a tour that explored alternative ways to produce food within the city.

Grow Bristol is a new urban farming enterprise developing innovative and sustainable ways of growing food in the city for the benefit of all its inhabitants and the wider world. They are using 'aquaponics'  to create a new kind of market gardening in city spaces not normally suited to agriculture.

Young Arnolfini visited to explore and rethink food production and farming within Bristol as research for developing their own work. We met with Dermot O'Regan who gave us a full tour of the facility and talked about the potential for Grow Bristol and projects like it to become the sustainable future of farming in cities.

Grow Bristol, 2017. Image by Theodore Kitching

Grow Bristol produces fresh, ultra-local and sustainably-produced microgreens, baby-leaf salad and herbs all year round. During the tour we tried some coriander leaf and pea shoots but there is much more to try. 

Aquaponics is a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic creatures supplies the nutrients for plants grown hydroponically.

Grow Bristol is currently based in a converted shipping container, however on our visit we spent time imagining what it would mean for Bristol if projects such as this were scaled-up. Production of the plants at Grow Bristol use 80% less water than usual farming methods and are transported from farm to table by bicycle. 

Visiting Grow Bristol gave Young Arnolfini the chance to think about Bristol and food production in a completely new way. Since our visit we have spent time rethinking and questioning the way Bristol operates, creating hopeful objects for a sustainable future. 

To find out more about where to buy Grow Bristol Greens or to get involved to support the project, (volunteers are welcome) please click here. 

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Saturday 19 October 2019, 14:00 to 17:00


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