Yearly Archives: 2010

Brrr! Wrap your home up warm with our extended insulation scheme

Our “Hotspot” Insulation scheme — offer­ing reduced price loft and cav­ity wall insu­la­tion — has been exten­ded, so is still avail­able for all suit­able house­holds in Portobello. The offer is being run by Energy Saving Scotland advice centre in part­ner­ship with PEDAL. If you would like more inform­a­tion, or to book a free sur­vey, please call 0800 512 012 to speak to an adviser at the Energy Saving Scotland advice centre. Continue read­ing

FREE Community Gardener Training

In February and March 2011, The Edinburgh Community Backgreens Association (ECBA) will be run­ning a FREE Community Gardener train­ing pro­gramme, cov­er­ing all the skills you need to become a fully fledged com­munity garden­er in your neigh­bour­hood.

During the course of the train­ing, we will estab­lish a com­munity garden­er net­work so the par­ti­cipants can sup­port each other’s pro­jects after the train­ing has fin­ished.

This train­ing is for any­one who is involved in com­munity garden­ing pro­jects, or any­one who would like to start or get involved with a pro­ject.  The par­ti­cip­at­ory approach to train­ing means that we will draw on par­ti­cipants’ var­ied know­ledge and exper­i­ences to learn.

Course Content
some of the key themes we will cov­er are:

* Models for Community Gardening with­in a Tenemental Context
* How to recruit group mem­bers and pub­li­cise Community Backgreen pro­jects
* Design Issues and cre­at­ing a devel­op­ment plan for your site
* Carrying out your back­green plans: run­ning work­shops etc
* Running a Community Backgreen Group
* Establishing a sup­port net­work for the newly trained Community Gardeners

Dates and Location
The Community Gardener train­ing will run on four full Saturdays from 10am-5pm, (with reg­u­lar refresh­ment breaks). The train­ing will be held at the ECBA offices: 5 Rose Street  The dates of the work­shops will be:

Saturday 12th February
Saturday 26th February
Saturday 12th March
Saturday 26th March

Registration and Attendance
You can attend just some or all of the work­shops, as long as you let ECBA know in advance which ones you plan to attend.  To register for the course:
email courses@ecba.org.uk, or call 0131 248 2698

For more inform­a­tion see the ECBA web­site — www.ecba.org.uk

Local Food Links — next meeting 25th January

Hi, we just wanted to let you know what happened at PEDAL’s recent Local Food Links event, and our plans for the next event — where we hope lots of loc­al people will come along to start work­ing togeth­er for loc­ally-pro­duced food grown and sold here in Portobello.

On Tuesday 23rd November in the Community Centre, Heather and Pete of Whitmuir Organics hos­ted a dis­cus­sion on loc­al food in Portobello.  A group of 16 loc­al people got togeth­er to cre­ate a vis­ion of a fant­ast­ic food future for Portobello … loc­ally-pro­duced and organ­ic … then work out how we might get there.

Have a look at the map we cre­ated, and the dia­gram sum­mar­ising the cur­rent PEDAL Food groups and pro­jects, which is on the Food page of this web­site.

We are hold­ing a fol­low up event on Tuesday 25th January from 7 – 9pm. We want to bring togeth­er as many people as pos­sible who have been involved in PEDAL’s food pro­jects — wheth­er that’s the orch­ard, mar­ket, food grow­ing courses or whatever — and people who are inter­ested in loc­al food but haven’t yet man­aged to get involved.  Folk will be able to choose the top­ic they’re most keen on and work with oth­ers to plan what can be done over the next year. We hope to see you there!

Details of the ven­ue will be pos­ted on the web­site and emailed to all those who expressed an interest.

Winter Solstice celebration bonfire warms the cockles

On Saturday 18th of December, 2 — 4pm, PEDAL held a Winter Solstice Celebration at Donkeyfield Community Orchard. Around 40 people came along to cel­eb­rate this most sea­son­al of events, includ­ing sev­er­al folk who had nev­er been to the orch­ard before — not bad for sub-zero tem­per­at­ures. The trees were was­sailed in fine fash­ion (thanks to Gordon for the loc­al cider, and Mairi for the song from the Winter’s Night con­cert), Peter brewed up some fine mulled wine and cre­ated a fant­ast­ic­ally warm­ing fire, Beth told a great story and some lovely lan­terns were made.

Local Food Whatever the weather!

Portobello Organic Market in the snowThe December Portobello Organic Market was a sunny snowy suc­cess des­pite the win­tery weath­er and most oth­er events being can­celled.  We brought fresh bread, veg, meat, fish, cakes and gifts to Portobello when everything else seemed to be run­ning out.

The Christmas Hamper Treasure Hunt went down a storm as well , with great com­pet­i­tion devel­op­ing to find the hid­den golden apple.  The lucky win­ner of the hamper was Andrew Paton, so con­grat­u­la­tions to him and thank you so much to all the stall­hold­ers who con­trib­uted pro­duce.

Have a very merry christ­mas and remem­ber the first Portobello Organic Market of 2011 is on February 5th 10am — 2pm.

(Apologies for any con­fu­sion caused by January date men­tioned in Edinburgh Outlook)

Portobello Organic Market December 2010

Portobello Organic Market in the snowStill bring­ing you lovely loc­al pro­duce des­pite the win­tery weath­er!  Our it’s nearly Christmas Market!  Come along and buy christ­mas dec­or­a­tions, presents and fest­ive treats!  Don’t for­get you can also order deliv­er­ies of fruit, veg, and meat for your christ­mas din­ner.

There will also be Christmas Carol sing­ers (11−12) and a christ­mas treas­ure hunt to win a Porty Shopper of good­ies.

Stallholders

Bespoke Organic Events — organ­ic tea, cof­fee & snack

Blackmount Foods Ltd — organ­ic meat- beef, lamb, mut­ton, pork

Bloom by Joanna Kent — knit­ted accessor­ies

Cramond Bramble — deli­cious homemade fudge

Fletchers of Auchtermuchty — ven­ison & game

G A Thomson — sus­tain­ably sourced fresh fish

Gourmet Treats — pies & pickles

Hello Petal! — Christmas wreaths and table dec­or­a­tions

Herbidacious — hand­made creams & oint­ments

Highland Fling —  crafts from the chil­dren of Highland Fling nurs­ery

Kitchener’s Delicatessen Ltd — cheese, oat­cakes etc

Let them eat cake — homemade cup­cakes

Libby Torrie — organ­ic sil­ver jew­ellery

Maureen Welsh — jams, jel­lies & pre­serves

Patisserie Jacob — hand­made loc­al bread

PEDAL — inform­a­tion about PEDAL pro­jects and a chance to buy a  Fruitful Porty fruit tree, receive a free home energy check & lots more!

Phantassie — organ­ic vegeetables

Plants with Purpose — herbs and oth­er use­ful plants

Pop-in Cafe — organ­ic teas, cof­fee and snacks

Real Foods — a range of museli, nuts etc from the well know Edinburgh store

Temptations — tasty con­tin­ent­al bak­ing

The Caurnie Soaperie — scot­tish hand­craf­ted soap

The Windmill Stump — linocuts & wood­cuts

Usan Fisheries Ltd — sus­tain­ably caught wild sal­mon

Windshiel Organic Farm — organ­ic meat — lamb, mut­ton, pork, bacon

Don’t for­get we want this mar­ket to be the best it can be and feed­back from loc­al people attend­ing the mar­ket is essen­tial.  There are feed­back forms at every mar­ket or you can just add com­ments here, about what you would like to see, great things, not so great things…  If you would really like to sup­port the Portobello Organic Market, we are look­ing for volun­teers to help man­age the mar­ket.  You can stew­ard for a few hours on the day, help to decide which stalls we have and what the market’s pri­or­it­ies should be, as much or as little as you like.

Solar Porty Scheme launched!

Please see here for more details

Local Food Survey

PEDAL are look­ing at vari­ous ways in which a strong loc­al food sys­tem in Portobello might be developed. We are hop­ing to find out what res­id­ents of Portobello feel about buy­ing loc­ally pro­duced food.

By loc­ally pro­duced food, we mean food that has been grown, reared, caught, baked or oth­er­wise made in Scotland (prefer­ably the south-east of Scotland). The pro­duce cur­rently sold in loc­al shops may or may not have been pro­duced loc­ally.

In par­tic­u­lar we would like to know what makes it dif­fi­cult for people to shop this way and how it could be made easi­er.

This sur­vey will only take a couple of minutes but will be very use­ful when decid­ing how to take this work for­ward. It would be great if you could take the time to com­plete it as everyone’s opin­ion counts. Please also for­ward it to any Portobello res­id­ents that you know.

To com­plete the sur­vey please click on this link Survey

Best Wishes and thanks in anti­cip­a­tion,

Emma Dempsey (on behalf of PEDAL)

Portobello Organic Market November 2010

We have even MORE STALLS this time, with new stall­hold­ers and old favour­ites.

Don’t for­get we want this mar­ket to be the best it can be and feed­back from loc­al people attend­ing the mar­ket is essen­tial.  There are feed­back forms at every mar­ket or you can just add com­ments here, about what you would like to see, great things, not so great things…  If you would really like to sup­port the Portobello Organic Market, we are look­ing for volun­teers to help man­age the mar­ket.  You can stew­ard for a few hours on the day, help to decide which stalls we have and what the market’s pri­or­it­ies should be, as much or as little as you like.

Stallholders

Angel’s Organic Salon — organ­ic skin & body care

Beak & Barker — lovely homemade cakes

Bespoke Organic Events — organ­ic tea, cof­fee & snack

Blackmount Foods Ltd — organ­ic meat- beef, lamb, mut­ton, pork

Bloom by Joanna Kent — knit­ted accessor­ies

Bouvrage — Berry drinks with scot­tish rasp­ber­ries & finnish blae­ber­ries

Cramond Bramble — deli­cious homemade fudge

Fibrous — cute felty creatures and accessor­ies

Fletchers of Auchtermuchty — ven­ison & game

Frugal Cool — loc­ally made sus­tain­able crafts & design

G A Thomson — sus­tain­ably sourced fish

Gourmet Treats — pies & pickles

Herbidacious — hand­made creams & oint­ments

Highland Fling — waffles and crafts from the chil­dren of Highland Fling nurs­ery

Hugh Grierson Organic Farm — organ­ic chick­en & eggs

Imogen’s Wardrobe — organ­ic & sus­tain­able chil­drens wear & accessor­ies

JoJo’s Danish Bakery — all sorts of dan­ish pastries

Kitchener’s Delicatessen Ltd — cheese, bread etc

Let them eat cake — homemade cup­cakes

Libby Torrie — organ­ic sil­ver jew­ellery

Maureen Welsh — jams, jel­lies & pre­serves

Midget Jems — homemade cup­cakes

Oxenfoord Organics — organ­ic veget­ables

Patisserie Jacob — hand­made loc­al bread

PEDAL — inform­a­tion about PEDAL pro­jects and a chance to buy a  Fruitful Porty fruit tree, receive a free home energy check & lots more!

Phantassie — organ­ic vegeetables

Plants with Purpose — herbs and oth­er use­ful plants

Pop-in Cafe — organ­ic teas, cof­fee and snacks

Real Foods — a range of museli, nuts etc from the well know Edinburgh store

Really Good Fudge — homemade fudge

Temptations — con­tin­ent­al sweet & savoury bak­ing

The Caurnie Soaperie — scot­tish hand­craf­ted soap

The Windmill Stump — linocuts & wood­cuts

Usan Fisheries Ltd — sus­tain­ably caught wild sal­mon

Windshiel Organic Farm — organ­ic meat — lamb, mut­ton, pork, bacon

Apple Day feedback — how was it for you??!

We had a won­der­ful Apple Day/ Halloween cel­eb­ra­tion on Saturday 30th of October, with near per­fect weath­er, a bon­fire, many pounds of apples being juiced, tof­fee apples, peel­ing com­pet­i­tion, Splat the Rotten Apple and folk turn­ing up in won­der­ful fancy dress. Many thanks to all who came and to all who helped.

However, if you were there, we’d be very pleased if you would take a moment to send us your com­ments and feed­back. What did you like ? What would have made it bet­ter? Are you likely to join in future com­munity events at the orch­ard? Woteva! — we look for­ward to hear­ing from you.

Please send com­ments to: info@pedal-porty.org.uk