Many people like the idea of the organic market and of eating more organic food, but believe the prices are just too high. Cheap food, often available in the supermarkets through BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free) offers and so on is good, surely? Actually, the answer is usually NO!
‘Cheap’ food is, in fact, largely a myth and doesn’t actually exist, because in the meantime someone, somewhere is paying instead. Or the environment is paying; and when the environment pays, we can be sure that, sooner or later, the bill will fall on us.
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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.
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.
Some of PEDAL’s Board members & staff with our new international friends!
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.
A vacancy has now opened at PEDAL for a Project Administrator. This post is funded through the Future Jobs Fund.
Candidates must be aged 18 – 24 and claiming Job Seekers Allowance
16th August 2010
The post is for 25 hours a week, is paid at National Minimum Wage and will last for 6 months.
The successful applicant will be given additional training relevant to the post and in-work support from dedicated Access to Work Coordinators
Please contact your Job Centre Plus Advisor to discuss whether you are eligible for this vacancy
Please download the job description:
Project Administrator Job Description
The Future Jobs Fund programme is run by The City of Edinburgh Council and Partners