I think it was the goats that did it, but people flocked to our stall at Southmead Festival this weekend. Florence had also produced some mouthwatering bites, together with easy to use recipes to encourage us all to try some new cooking ideas. Lots of people took recipes away and we made some delicious dahl at my home this weekend as a result.
The aim of the day for us was to introduce Real Economy to the people of Southmead, particularly in the light of our new Real Economy centre set to launch fully in September. One project that has proven to be of particular interest is the possibility of a Southmead Community Farm. Everyone we speak to seems to love the idea of a community farm on Southmead and the popularity of the goats, kindly loaned by Street Goat for the day, made this clear. Our main interest is to grow food, efficiently and at scale, rather than focus on animals, but there may be a possibility of some animals if we can ensure they are properly cared for and do not create an ongoing need for grant funding. Our plans are forming all the time and we are pleased to be in touch with the many community leaders involved in redevelopment plans.
Our basic idea for the farm would be to provide land, advice and some infrastructure to people who want to
• grow food for themselves
• grow food to share with others using a community credit scheme
• grow food for sale
Some of the food grown for sale would be paid for through our Solidarity Fund and help provide for those in hardship.
Special thanks to Carol, David and Ambria for bringing the goats and tending to their needs throughout the day. For more about Street Goat go to http://www.streetgoat.co.uk/