Yearly Archives: 2010

Portobello Organic Market October 2010

The Second Porty Organic Market!

We have changed the lay­out, to give every­one more space and make the most of our lovely park set­ting.  We have more food stalls, includ­ing the longed for tea and cof­fee, plus bread, cheese, fish.…

Angel’s Organic Salon — organ­ic beauty products & treat­ments

Beady Bird — brooches made from Porty flot­sam & jet­som

Bespoke Organic Events - Tea, cof­fee and oth­er refresh­ments

Blackmount Foods Ltd - beef, lamb & mut­ton

Bouvrage - berry juices

Joanna Darnley — Jewellery

Fibrous — knit­ting and oth­er wool­len things

G A Thomson — fish­mon­ger

Gourmet Treats — game pies & chut­neys to go with them

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

Hugh Grierson Organic Farm — chick­en & eggs

JoJo’s Danish Bakery — dan­ish pastries

Bloom by Joanna Kent — knit­ted corsages and accessor­ies

Kitchener’s Delicatessen - bread & cheese from your loc­al Porty deli

Midget Jems — yummy cup­cakes

Oxenfoord Organics — fruit, veg, chut­neys and flowers

Beak & Barker cakes — Cakes

Patisserie Jacob — hand­made bread

Pop-in cafe — tea, cof­fee and oth­er refresh­ments

Phantassie — fruit, veg, chut­neys and eggs

Plants with Purpose — Herbs and oth­er use­ful plants

Real Foods — museli and oth­er organ­ic dried goods

Sweet Temptations — medi­ter­rean cakes

Torrie, Libby — sil­ver jew­ellery

Windshiel Organic Farm - pork, beef, lamb and saus­ages

St Philip’s campaign and pledge

Sunday 26th September saw the launch of a cam­paign by St Philips church to sup­port the con­greg­a­tion and church hall users in redu­cing their car­bon emis­sions by 10% with­in a year.

At har­vest sunday mass, there was a present­a­tion on cli­mate change and things we can all do to reduce our car­bon foot­print. Over the fol­low­ing year, there will be oppor­tun­it­ies for people to make pledges, receive more inform­a­tion on how to ful­fill these, and report back on the changes they’ve made.

Order your low-cost fruit trees now!

The Fruitful Porty scheme lets you order apple, pear, plum and cherry trees at sub­sid­ised prices through PEDAL. Download the fruit tree list and order now (or order online).

Lourish ~ Spare produce that you want to swap?

Have you got a million marrows or too many tomatoes?

Swap your sur­plus for some­thing home grown & healthy near you in just a couple of quick clicks.

Lourish has been launched to help you share what you grow!

Lourish lets you swap your sur­plus fruit and veg with people grow­ing their own near you.

Sign up & share your own!

First Portobello Organic Market does a roaring trade!

The first Portobello Organic Market took place on a very sunny Saturday 4th September. Over a peri­od of four hours, more than one thou­sand people des­cen­ded on Brighton Park to buy lovely loc­al and organ­ic food, drink and crafts. Initial feed­back from sev­er­al loc­al traders sug­gests that the event had a very pos­it­ive effect on High Street busi­nesses too.

The mar­ket was offi­cially opened with a short speech and rib­bon cut­ting by Councillor Tom Buchanan, Convenor of Economic Development at City of Edinburgh Council.

The mar­ket will con­tin­ue to run on the first Saturday of every month, from 10am to 2pm in Brighton Park. We are look­ing to ensure future events reflect the feed­back we have received — in par­tic­u­lar we aim to change the lay­out of stalls to reduce crowding, and to have a wider range of pro­duce for sale as well as stalls selling teas/coffees and hot and cold snacks.

You can view more inform­a­tion about the Organic Market and how to book a stall via these links.

Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens National Networking Day

The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens are hav­ing their National Networking Event on Friday, October 8th 2010 at Battleby, near Perth.

Workshops include New Allotments; a look at dif­fer­ent allot­ments mod­els, Livestock on Community Gardens, Social Return on Investment, Selling Produce at Farmers Markets, Orchards, Wildlife Gardening in Winter, Community Gardening and the 2011 Elections, Risk Management and more!

There will be a chance to meet fun­ders, find out about bee­keep­ing, Care Farming, Planning Aid Scotland and hear case stud­ies from oth­er pro­jects. It’s a great oppor­tun­ity to net­work, meet like-minded people and share ideas.

For fur­ther inform­a­tion please con­tact Tel: 0131 623 7058 Deadline for applic­a­tions is Friday 16th September 2010.

You can down load book­ing forms at

Places on Bread Making Course

Do you want to learn the secrets of fer­ment­a­tion using yeast and sour­dough, how to shape, prove and bake a vari­ety of breads – and much more?

There are still places avail­able on our AMAZING whole day bread mak­ing course with Bread Matters’ Andrew Whitley on the 18th September.

Go to our Dig In Porty! pages to find out what oth­er courses are com­ing up.

If you would like to take part please phone or email Polly on 0131 258 4483 or

Hotspot Insulation Offer launch

The Portobello Hotspot offers fast track sur­veys and install­a­tion for reduced price loft and cav­ity wall insu­la­tion. It is avail­able to any­one in the Portobello area and is run by Energy Saving Scotland advice centre in part­ner­ship with PEDAL – Portobello Transition Town. A let­ter is going out at the end of August, in time for sur­veys and install­a­tion through September.

Loft and cav­ity wall insu­la­tion will be car­ried out by accred­ited installers McSence, a loc­ally-based social enter­prise com­pany with over 20 years exper­i­ence in installing insu­la­tion.

For a free no-oblig­a­tion loft or cav­ity wall sur­vey please call the Energy Saving Scotland Advice Centre dir­ect, on 0800 512 012.

Delegation of Thai officials visit PEDAL!

On 4th August a del­eg­a­tion of Thai offi­cials vis­ited the offices of PEDAL to find out about our plans for a com­munity owned wind tur­bine. This event was organ­ised by our pro­ject fun­ders, Community Energy Scotland.

After attempt­ing to ply them with vari­ous Scottish good­ies (smoked sal­mon, fruit scones) it became clear that our vis­it­ors had already been well fed at all the oth­er ven­ues they’d vis­ited in Edinburgh and Glasgow that day! So we moved straight to an inform­at­ive and pithy present­a­tion from PEDAL Board mem­ber Eva Schonveld on the aims of the Transition move­ment and its under­ly­ing philo­sophy. This was fol­lowed by a present­a­tion from Tom Black, Project Manager at PEDAL, on our plans for a wind tur­bine on the Promenade. Tom covered the work we’ve car­ried out to-date and some of the chal­lenges involved in devel­op­ing a tur­bine on this site.

There was a lively ques­tion and answer ses­sion, with the Thai del­eg­ates ask­ing more detailed ques­tions about how the pro­ject might work and how income from the tur­bine might be dis­trib­uted. We also found out a bit about the renew­able energy situ­ation in Thailand — it sounds like sol­ar power is a bet­ter option there com­pared to wind power. No sur­prises there! It was inter­est­ing to hear about the dif­fer­ences between the two coun­tries in terms of sup­port for vol­un­tary, com­munity-led efforts. It really struck us how for­tu­nate we are to have sup­port bod­ies like Community Energy Scotland.

Thai Delegate visiting PEDAL

Some of PEDAL’s Board mem­bers & staff with our new inter­na­tion­al friends!

Download the list of Thai del­eg­ates: Official Thai Delegation.

Volunteering opportunities with PEDAL

We have a great pro­gram of events hap­pen­ing over the next few months, includ­ing three Organic mar­kets, a car-free day and an allot­ment open day. If you can spare an hour or two to help out on a stall, set up stalls and dis­plays, or as a stew­ard at any of these events then please let us know. To find out more, vis­it our volun­teer­ing page to see what oppor­tun­it­ies are avail­able, or ring PEDAL on 0131 258 4483.