In this issue: Sims Hill Success · Update from the Bristol Food Policy Council · The Community Farm · Cookery Leader Training · Lighting a Beacon for Future Farmers · FOODTURES · Join the Arable Spring! · Severn Project Update · A Golden Hill Autumn · Healthy Eating in Southville · The Traders’ Food Waste: Where does it go? · Let’s Grow! Community Allotment · Andy’s Haven Nursery · The Bristol Pound ‘Farmlink’ Evolution · Incredible Edible Somerset · Experiments in Growing: Quinoa · Following the Plot No. 16 · Find the Christmas Pudding at the Botanic Garden · Stream Farm · The Market Kitchen · Fairtrade News · News from River Cottage Canteen Bristol · Events · Conferences · Courses and Training · Publications · Letters · Odds and Ends · Regular Things

I feel that this issue has turned into a reflection of my allotment – I sowed a few too many seeds, and the harvest has paid me back in super-abundance. But perhaps it just shows what fertile ground there is out there at the moment for urban growing? I hope that the inspiring tales of flourishing projects warm up some of the upcoming dark evenings, and lead to more great things for 2014.

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