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