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Apple Day 2013

Orchard-poster-Apple-Day-20PEDAL is hold­ing its fourth apple day cel­eb­ra­tion on Saturday 26 October from 2 – 4.30 pm at the Donkeyfield Community Orch­ard, Brunstane Road South.  We will be press­ing apples to make our own deli­cious juice — please bring a bottle to take some away in.  We also hope to have some of our own tasty apples for you to taste.  There will be a bon­fire, refresh­ments and home bak­ing, plus fun and games (includ­ing apple dook­ing and bat the rat!).

Please bring any spare apples you may have.

  • Wear fancy dress!
  • Bring a Porty grown apple and show it off
  • Also apple juice & home bak­ing to buy.

All wel­come — we hope you can join us.

Orchard poster Apple Day 2013

Workshop with Charles Eisenstein, 10 – 5pm, 16th November, Serenity Cafe, Edinburgh

Charles Eisenstein will be vis­it­ing Scotland for the first time in November 2013.
He will be offer­ing two pub­lic lec­tures – one in St Andrews and anoth­er in Edinburgh; one full day train­ing event in Edinburgh; an open-meet­ing in Findhorn Comunity; he will also be a guest speak­er at a train­ing course at Findhorn Community, ‘Transition to Resilience’

The aim is to make these events access­ible to as many people as pos­sible, and through­out Charles will dis­cuss the var­ied aspects of his work, his philo­sophies and the ideas behind his latest book out in November called ‘The more beau­ti­ful world our hearts know is pos­sible’

Full details of all events here: http://char­le­sei­s­en­steins­cot­land­vis­

One day work­shop — 16th Nov 10 — 5pm, Serenity Cafe Edinburgh
This work­shop will has extremely lim­ited seat­ing and will be of par­tic­u­lar interest to change agents, per­ma­cul­ture prac­ti­tion­ers, earth act­iv­ists, trans­ition work­ers, com­munity work­ers and folks engaged in work designed to enrich not just their lives, but the wider Earth com­munity.

Our plan­et, our bod­ies, our very lives have come to us as a gift. Having “earned” none of these things, our nat­ur­al tend­ency is toward grat­it­ude and the desire to give in turn, to serve some­thing great­er than ourselves. But we all have habits and beliefs that inter­fere with fully liv­ing in the gift. In this gath­er­ing, we will clear those block­ages so that we can be more effect­ive as change agents. Through dia­log and exper­i­en­tial pro­cesses, we will dis­cov­er keys to liv­ing in a state of flow, to giv­ing and receiv­ing more fully, and cre­at­ing things bey­ond our under­stand­ing of cause and effect.

Full details here: http://char­le­sei­s­en­steins­cot­land­vis­­ber-edin­burgh/
Bookings now being taken, tick­ets: http://char­le­sei­s­en­steinonedaytrain­

Edinburgh even­ing talk plus Q & A ses­sion with Charles Eisenstein, 17 Nov 7 — 8.45pm, Serenity Cafe, Edinburgh

Sacred Economics
We live in an abund­ant world. why do we exper­i­ence such scarcity, anxi­ety and insec­ur­ity around money? Why are we driv­ing the plan­et to ruin and how can we change course? Join the vis­ion­ary author Charles Eisenstien for an explor­a­tion of prac­tic­al solu­tions, start­ing on the per­son­al level and extend­ing to the polit­ic­al. At stake in today’s crisis, says Charles, is noth­ing less than the driv­ing nar­rat­ives of our civil­isa­tion. Everything is chan­ging — includ­ing our rela­tion­ships, our world­view, our inner lives, as well as our social and eco­nom­ic sys­tems.
Date: Sunday 17th Nov
Time: 7 — 8.45pm
Bookings now being taken, tick­ets: http://char­le­sei­s­en­steined­in­

Feeding the 5,000: 12 – 4pm, 5th October, Bristo Square and Potterrow

On Saturday 5th October, in Edinburgh’s Bristo Square, 5,000 people will be invited to share a deli­cious free meal from ingredi­ents that might oth­er­wise have been thrown away.

 Time: October 5, 2013 from 12pm to 4pm
Location: Bristo Square and Potterrow
Organized By: Nourish Scotland

Event Description:
On Saturday 5th October, in Edinburgh’s Bristo Square, 5,000 people will be invited to share a deli­cious free meal cre­ated by volun­teers, celebrity chefs and com­munity groups from ingredi­ents that might oth­er­wise have been thrown away. The meal will be served between noon and 4pm. 
This will be the very first time that Scotland has hos­ted a Feeding the5000 event ( and fol­lows events in cit­ies around the world includ­ing London, Sydney and New York.
This event is being co-ordin­ated by Nourish Scotland in close co-oper­a­tion with sev­er­al part­ners includ­ing the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Students’ Association , the City of Edinburgh Council and Zero Waste Scotland.
The fest­iv­al will raise the pub­lic’s aware­ness of the whole food agenda and provide every­one with an oppor­tun­ity to con­trib­ute to a big con­ver­sa­tion about what sort of food strategy we would like for Edinburgh in the com­ing years and dec­ades. 
You can find out more about Edible Edinburgh at:
If you would like to volun­teer, there are 3 dif­fer­ent volun­teer­ing oppor­tun­it­ies. Please apply through EUSA’s volun­teer­ing web­site to the volun­teer role that you would like to take on using the links below.
NOTE: If you are not a stu­dent at the University of Edinburgh then you will NOT be able to apply through EUSA volun­teer­ing web­site but look at the dif­fer­ent roles lis­ted and instead please e‑ with a short applic­a­tion includ­ing your:

Which role you are inter­ested in
Availability for that role
Whether you can attend the train­ing if applic­able for that role
E‑mail address
Phone num­ber.

3 Volunteer Roles:
Social research­er —
Steward —
Practical volun­teer (set­ting up the event) —
If you need fur­ther inform­a­tion about the event, please email
We hope that you will join us on 5th October in Bristo Square for this excit­ing event!

See more details and RSVP on Nourish Scotland:

Apple Festival, 12 – 4pm, 6th October at the Botanics

Apple Festival

From 12.00 noon — 4.00 pm at the John Hope Gateway

An annu­al cel­eb­ra­tion of apples. The Saturday will fea­ture apple advice and iden­ti­fic­a­tion from 10am whilst the Sunday will include apple juice tast­ing. See and taste a wide selec­tion of apple vari­et­ies from 12pm both days, and find out how to grow them your­self.

This event is also run­ning from 10am — 4pm on Saturday 5 October.

With the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.

Bill McKibben is talking on Fossil Fuel Divestment in Edinburgh, 30th October

 If it’s wrong to wreck the cli­mate, then it’s wrong to profit from that wreck­age.

We’re all con­nec­ted to insti­tu­tions that claim to be look­ing out for the pub­lic good, from loc­al coun­cils and gov­ern­ments, to uni­ver­sit­ies, pub­lic banks and reli­gious insti­tu­tions. Many of these insti­tu­tions, how­ever, con­tin­ue to sup­port the fossil fuel industry wheth­er we know it or not. Given that we have to leave 80% of the proven reserves of coal, oil and gas in the ground in order to avoid cata­stroph­ic changes to our cli­mate, these insti­tu­tions have a respons­ib­il­ity to stop sup­port­ing an industry whose busi­ness mod­el is based on wreck­ing our future.

This autumn Bill McKibben, the crew, and a wide range of cli­mate lead­ers will hit the road to help build a move­ment strong enough to change the ter­ri­fy­ing maths of the cli­mate crisis. The Fossil Free Europe Tour isn’t your typ­ic­al lec­ture – it will include speak­ers from across social move­ments, power­ful videos, and music from the ground-break­ing artist Filastine. Grab a tick­et and be part of a unique and com­plete exper­i­ence, unlike any talk you’ve been to before.

7 – 10pm, 30th October, 

Asembly Hall on the Mound
Mound Pl 

Here’s the link to book a tick­et:

Talk: The Intertwined World of “Peak” Oil, Renewables and Sustainability by Dr Michael Shaver

Please join us for the first Our Changing World Lecture, The Intertwined World of “Peak” Oil, Renewables and Sustainability by Dr Michael Shaver

on Tuesday, 24 September

from 18:30 to 20:30

Lecture Theatre 4, Appleton Tower
11 Crichton St 

Our world depends upon energy — energy to drive our cars, energy to heat our homes, energy to trans­port our food, energy to fab­ric­ate our con­sumer goods. Our depend­ence upon pet­ro­leum resources, and the vari­able dif­fi­culty it takes to get these resources, will there­fore have implic­a­tions well bey­ond fuel prices.
In this lec­ture we will look at both pet­ro­leum resources and renew­able feed­stocks as sources of our chem­ic­al needs, and the rela­tion­ship between energy and sus­tain­ab­il­ity.
We will dis­cov­er that the tools chem­ists have been invent­ing for cen­tur­ies are now inad­equate: using the field of poly­mer chem­istry as an example we will exam­ine the new paradigm of chem­ic­al sus­tain­ab­il­ity.

Doors open at 6.15pm.
Please note:
This event may be pho­to­graphed and/or recor­ded for pro­mo­tion­al or recruit­ment mater­i­als for the University and University approved third parties.
For any fur­ther inform­a­tion please con­tact the admin­is­trat­or: Lauren Sandford,

Book here:



Portobello Book Festival is back! Oct 4 – 6th

Portobello Book Festival is with us again October 4th to 6th at both the Library and the Old Parish Church Hall on Belfield Street.

The line up is look­ing great, and includes:

Lesley Riddoch speak­ing on books that have inspired her at 2.15 upstairs in the Library on Sunday 6th. Lesley has her­self just brought out an inspir­ing book — Blossom — on how we have been brought up to think we can­’t make a dif­fer­ence to our loc­al com­munit­ies so there is no point tak­ing action, and yet just how much inspir­ing loc­al action is tak­ing place across Scotland.

Andrew Whitley at 3.15 upstairs in the Library speaks on ‘Food for thought: Bread for life’ — his book Bread Matters is described as a prac­tic­al manu­al and a bread revolu­tion mani­festo!

PEDAL stall and hair braiding at Village Fair, 8th Sept

PEDAL will have a stall at the Village Fair 2 – 5pm on Sunday 8th September in Rosefield Park.

We encour­age you to come and buy a T shirt or three, and maybe buy some plants and tools, and chil­dren are wel­come to come and get their hair braided!

Midmar Allotments Open Day: 2 – 5pm, Saturday 24th August

Please come and look around our award-win­ning site; relax in Midmar Café and enjoy deli­cious home bak­ing and refresh­ments whilst tak­ing in the beau­ti­ful views of Edinburgh. Fresh allot­ment pro­duce, flowers, jams and pre­serves avail­able. Try your luck in the tombola.

Open from 2 – 5pm

Saturday 24th August

Entry via two gates on Midmar Drive in South Edinburgh, EH10 6BU

‘Strictly Cycling’ Cycle Ballet: Car Free Day/ Bike Full Day, 11am, 1st September

Not so much Car Free Day as Bike Full Day — Sunday September 1st 2013!

Strictly Cycling (Raysto Images)

Strictly Cycling (Raysto Images!

Strictly Cycling is an excit­ing new ‘cycle-about’ show com­bin­ing impro­visa­tion, cho­reo­graphy and visu­al per­form­ance. The per­form­ance plays with the every­day events and exper­i­ences of rid­ing a bike, adding a hint of the sur­real and com­ic­al, to change the way you think about cyc­ling and your city spaces.

Strictly Cycling is a strolling / cyc­ling, prom­en­ade-style per­form­ance inspired by the flash mob phe­nomen­on. 

The per­form­ance will last about 30minutes.  Then the com­pany will take a break from 11.30 to 12.30 before set­ting off from the Cake stand on the Prom at the bot­tom of Marlborough Street to cycle along the prom­en­ade to Leith links, with as many cycle mob fol­low­ers as feel like join­ing them! So come to the per­form­ance out­side the Town Hall at 11am and

Today's to do list

then join in for as much of the cycle ride along the Prom and then the cycle track to the Mela at Leith Links as you feel like.