FOOD PROJECTS and COMMUNITY GARDENS
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Growing news from North Edinburgh
It’s all growing in North Edinburgh – the following two stories are about two food-related projects happening just around the corner from each other in Muirhouse. You can find more action from North Edinburgh in project focus.
North Edinburgh Grows
Growing food in North Edinburgh will be given an extra boost by The North Edinburgh Arts Centre who are re-developing the garden behind the Centre in Muirhouse into an attractive multi-functional space, with substantial funding from the Big Lottery Fund. The funding includes a part time artist in residence post which has been taken up by artist and grower Natalie Taylor, who is helping to shape the garden and involve the community in its creation and use. The garden will include four plots which existing groups in the community, including the West Pilton Gardeners and the Drylaw Community Project, will use for growing food. The arts centre’s own café will have four small beds to grow food for their own use. NEA see the garden as part of a long-term project to create greater about food and food systems in North Edinburgh. If you live in North Edinburgh and would like to get involved, they would like to hear from you. The garden should be ready for use by April 2014.
T: 0131 315 2151
In response to the poverty, lack of food, lack of fuel and social isolation that she observed around her in North Edinburgh, one woman has taken her own initiative to do something that makes a difference. Jan Moore, a resident of Fidra Court in the Pennywell area of Muirhouse, has opened the Fidra Kitchen – a community café for the residents of Fidra Court. The Kitchen is in a room originally designed as a pram store on the ground floor of the block, but unused for six years. With the help of friends the space has been made clean and friendly and bright, and basic cooking equipment has been donated to enable Jan and her volunteers to offer tea and coffee, toasties and lunch. The menu is changed on a weekly basis, with the varied choice hopefully allowing those who can’t/won’t cook to enjoy a filling meal and possibly encourage people to cook from scratch easily on a low budget. Food is offered free to residents, although donations are welcomed. Jan would like to establish contact with local suppliers so that her food can be sourced as locally as possible and sees lots of possibilities in working with some of the other food groups in North Edinburgh (see the projects on our JOIN IN page), and in developing a garden at Fidra Court. Jan would welcome donations of food any suitable equipment etc. or funds to help the Fidra Kitchen get established. Contact Jan on email@example.com.
Pilton Community Gardeners
Community growing group in North Edinburgh, began creating a community garden on a neglected bit of council land in 2012. Small orchard, soft fruits, veggies, herbs and flowers to share. They have also taken on a new community plot at North Edinburgh Grows, and support their neighbours growing in Granton and Drylaw in any way possible.
Regular gardening drop-ins on a Friday morning 10-12 at West Pilton Brae. Just come along or call first on 07778732171,
Contact – Kirsty Sutherland
Grove Community Garden
The Grove Community Garden has transformed an unused development site on Fountainbridge (owned by Grosvenor) into a garden that is thriving to become a community hub. The aim is to grow an active community as well as growing food. It has been established by the community for the community. Originally based on the idea of mobile plots (which could move as the development moved), the garden has evolved into unique standard pallet bed units, which can be moved by forklift. One part of the garden is dedicated to pallet bed units giving local people the chance to growing their own veggies, fruit and herbs in an inclusive and supportive surrounding. The rest of the garden is a shared communal space. The garden relies completely on the Gardeners and Friends of the Garden for its upkeep and maintenance. If you want to become part of the garden go along to one of their communal gardening sessions.
Where – Go to the iQ Student Accommodation building at 114 Fountainbridge. Once there follow the little road downhill along the blue fence. The garden is behind the blue fence on the right hand side.
Leith Community Crops and Pots
Begun as a small scale initiative in Leith schools, Leith Community Crops and Pots have developed into a Leith-wide gardening and food-growing development project. Their aims are ‘a happy, healthy, leafy Leith’ in the belief that growing food benefits your pocket, your health, your mood and the environment, and is particularly good for children.
The organisation’s purpose is to encourage and support the people and organisations of Leith to grow food vegetables, and flowers for bees, in urban spaces, in order to improve health and well-being, community cohesion and the environment. In addition to their own practical projects, their web site has lots of advice on growing, and they like to share their experiences and opinions and thoughts on policy.
Gorgie City Farm
Gorgie City Farm is a free-entry community owned initiative that aims to educate inner city children and adults about farming and food production. They also aim to promote social inclusion by providing volunteering opportunities for all. Tucked in between a busy railway line and one of Edinburgh’s main arterial roads they have been open for over 30 years. They have a wide range of animals including sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, pony and jersey cow and the farm is run as a working farm, with the animals bred and raised for food production. The Farm Café is open 7 days a week, 9.30 am to 4 pm. See the ELFN project focus on Gorgie (and their sausages) here.
Open 7 days per week, 9.30am to 4.30pm summer, 9.30 am to 4.00pm winter. Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Where – 51 Gorgie Rd, Edinburgh, EH11 2LA
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone – 0131 337 4202
The Edible Gardening Project
If you are interested in learning how to grow your own food, the Edible Gardening Project may be just what you need. Based at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh the project offers weekly drop-in sessions for seasonal growing advice, and maintains demonstration vegetable and fruit growing areas to learn from at the Botanics. The project is funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery and run jointly with the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society.
For details about the drop-in sessions go to www.rbge.org.uk/ediblegardening
Contact person – Jenny Foulkes
Email – Jfoulkes@rbge.org.uk
Phone – 0131 248 2983
The Food For Thought Forum
The Food for Thought Forum exists to bring together community food and growing initiatives, organisations, projects and individuals within the area of Greater Pilton, Edinburgh; and to support, promote, link and increase local community food activity. They believe everyone in North Edinburgh should have access to a tasty, enjoyable, nutritious diet. They want food to be a central part of their thriving community, bringing people together to grow, bake, cook and eat. They have developed a ‘Food Map‘ of North Edinburgh showing the location of community cafes, cooking groups and where to find affordable food.
Email – via contact form on website
Phone – 0131 551 1671
Bridgend Growing Communities
Bridgend Growing Communities is an organic community garden and allotment project that aims to give participants a sense of personal effectiveness and well being. They promote the close connections between food, physical activity, the natural environment and working outdoors in their gardens based on the Old Dalkeith Road at Craigmillar. They engage in a number of ways, from open access volunteer sessions to specific programs of work to develop life and employablity skills for people referred from partner organisations such as Access To Industry, Health In Mind, StreetWork, SEHLI and the Gowrie Care Trust. They organise public events every year such as their famous Potato Day where gardeners can buy their seed potatoes for the coming year.
Bridgend are in the process of renovating their Farmhouse and have a drop-in event every Sunday from 11am – 3 pm – come and see what is happening and learn new skills that you can apply to the project. For more information see our News page or go here.
Contact person – Karen Carrick
Phone – 0131 664 9559
Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens
The gardens are an NHS Lothian initiative located within the beautiful 15 acre grounds at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Morningside, and offer fantastic opportunities to grow your own food, build community, and keep active. There is also a programme of events, workshops, and courses. The gardens operate on a membership basis – for groups or individuals. Groups who are current active members of the gardens include the Shandon Local Food group, Transition Edinburgh South, Edinburgh Permaculture group, Steiner School, Bruntsfield Primary School, and Craiglockhart Primary School.
Contact person – drop-in to the gardens Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm and ask for the garden co-ordinator. To volunteer, contact Simon Duffyemail@example.com or call 0131 537 6232. For group membership contact Hilary Vipond – HilaryVipond@cyrenians.org.uk or phone 0131 537 6232
Redbraes Community Garden, Leith
We are a voluntary community group who maintain a garden for the use of the local community. We grow ornamental plants and vegetables. Surplus veg is distributed locally. The garden is used for public events – open stage for performers, BBQ evenings,etc. The project has received funding from Comic Relief.
Contact person – Julian Siann
Email contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
Shandon Local Food Group
We are a group of Shandon residents who are interested in buying, and growing, more local, seasonal and organic food. We hold talks, food fairs and other events in the Shandon area; we run campaigns and share information with over 200 members; and we are involved with the Royal Edinburgh Community Garden which is just up the road.
Contact person – Alison Jones
Address – 28 Briarbank Terrace, Edinburgh, EH11 1SU
Phone number – 07847 504011
Email contact – email@example.com
Website – www.shandonfood.org.uk
Abundance Edinburgh is a voluntary community group which collects surplus fruit and puts it to good use. We pick from private households and community gardens, abandoned orchards and forage for fruit. We donate fruit to charities and community groups and also make things with it – jam, cider, pies, chutneys… We’re always on the lookout for donated fruit, keen pickers and cookers and places to donate fruit to.
Phone number – 07594824558
Email contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
Website – www.abundanceedinburgh.com
Edinburgh Community Food Initiative
We tackle health inequalities in low-income communities in Edinburgh through our food and health development and promotion work including cooking courses, cookery demonstrations, nutrition workshops, health information sessions and tasting sessions.
Contact person- Karen Miller
Contact email- email@example.com
Ormiston Grows is a community-run shop and business in Ormiston, East Lothian. Our shop at 20b Main Street Ormiston sells a wide and growing range of vegetables, fruit and groceries, all local, organic or fairly traded.
OG opened a cafe in 2012 and now also have a community garden nearby.
Contact person – Allan Robertson, Shop Manager, Yvonne Dalziel, Director
Address – Ormiston Grows, 20b Main Street EH35 5HT
Phone number – 01875 898189
Email contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
Website – www.ormistongrows.co.uk
St. Andrews and St. Georges- Wider Horizons
The Wider Horizons group on the Kirk Session exists to promote awareness of and raise funds for important issues and causes, and to highlight specific campaigns and issues of justice throughout the world.
Craigie’s Farm Education and Environment Project
Cragie’s Farm supplies local outlets with their home-grown and home-made produce, such as soft fruit, vegetables and jams. Craigie’s Education and Environment Project works with a number of local schools and the Drylaw Neighbourhood Partnership. The aim of the project is that West Craigie Farm should be a place where people of all ages can learn through direct involvement about food production and the environment. Craigie’s also has a 400 sq. m. farm shop and a 100 seat café.
Contact person – John Sinclair
Address – West Craigie Farm, South Queensferry, EH30 9TR
Phone number – 0131 319 1048
Email address – email@example.com
Web address – www.craigies.co.uk
Granton Community Gardeners
Granton Community Gardeners was formed in early 2010 by a group of neighbours on Wardieburn Road who worked together to turn a neglected street corner into a community garden. Since then the group (and the gardens!) have flourished and now grow fruit and vegetables on two sites, as well as hosting community meals, and (thanks to a recent Awards for All grant) food growing workshops for members of the local community. There remains a large amount of severely underused land in Granton, and GCC have a vision to see it transformed into a more healthy and productive environment that brings people together across generational and cultural divides, and makes a significant contribution to the health, food culture, and perception of public space across North Edinburgh.
Contact person – Tom Kirby
Email address – firstname.lastname@example.org
More information – http://www.facebook.com/grantoncommunitygardeners
Slow Food Edinburgh
Slow Food is an international movement which addresses how our food choices affect the world we live in. By thinking globally and acting locally, Slow Food supports and celebrates good, clean and fair food all over the world. Slow Food Edinburgh is part of this movement, and seeks to encourage meaningful links between those who eat, produce, sell and cook food in our region. We aim to cultivate a sustainable Scottish food system and celebrate good Scottish food!
We run all kinds of events around the city. For more info, follow us on Twitter @slowfoodedin Facebook (SlowFoodEdinburgh)
Edible Estates is an initiative to promote best practice in the regeneration of greenspace within social housing estates.Edible Estates is a collaborative project established by Re:Solution, an Edinburgh based urban design practice, and Wester Hailes Health Agency, to promote best practice in urban greenspace within Edinburgh’s social housing estates. The lead project partners are described below.
If you are interested in establishing a community greenspace project in your neighbourhood please get in touch: email@example.com
We are part of Edinburgh Cyrenians, an independent charity providing innovative help to hundreds of people a year whose lives are blighted by homelessness and poverty. Cyrenians work with all parts of the community to combat homelessness and promote social inclusion.
Cyrenians Farm is a Social Enterprise located just west of Edinburgh. As well as a working farm producing local fruit and vegetables, we are also home to a community of vulnerable young people, many with backgrounds of homelessness. The Farm grows food and helps the Community to grow people providing a range of opportunities for individuals, including young trainees, to develop skills and confidence as a step towards a settled lifestyle.
Lochend Community Growing Project
Everyone is invited to come and share in this community-led project, that takes place in the restsalrig/Lochend area of Edinburgh. They hold regular garden sessions or have a look at their websites and most recent newsletter for details.
Want to get involved? The garden is organised by a steering group made up of local community members. You can get in touch with them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Edinburgh Garden Partners
Edinburgh Garden Partners brings together people who want to garden with people who have garden space to share. Set up in 2011, EGP has set out an exciting strategy, recruited staff and opened an office in the centre of the city. Some 69 volunteer gardeners are growing their own in gardens all over town, and sharing their skills and produce with 47 garden owners. EGP are also growing herbs in the garden of the former Park Keeper’s house in W. Princes Street Gardens. Next time you are in Princes St go along and have a look.
Contact – Claire Bennett (Manager)
Tel: 0131 220 5067