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Want to be part of Scotland’s first ever online election debate on climate change?

Climate Change Election Debate
Wednesday 13th April, 7.30 – 9pm

The Scottish elec­tions are com­ing up fast.  Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is cam­paign­ing to keep cli­mate change firmly on the polit­ic­al agenda, and we need your support.

We’d love you to take part in the Climate Day Election Debate – a fant­ast­ic oppor­tun­ity to ask your burn­ing ques­tions about cli­mate change to your future politi­cians from the com­fort of your own liv­ing room.

Exactly three weeks today, the event will be broad­cast over the inter­net start­ing at 7.30pm. Tune in online to watch the debate and post your ques­tions by email, Facebook or Twitter, for party spokespeople to answer live.

Your involve­ment will help ensure our future politi­cians under­stand just how import­ant tack­ling cli­mate change is to the people of Scotland.

Don’t miss this unique oppor­tun­ity to make a big difference.

Register your interest and ask your ques­tion today on Facebook or by email.

Find out more about the debate

Gail Wilson
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland Co-ordinator

Portobello Organic Market — March 5th

The Next Portobello Organic Market is this Saturday!

March 5th 10am to 2pm

Brighton Park

Come along and get all your lovely loc­al, organ­ic pro­duce for the week, and maybe sneak in a yummy cup­cake or two!  We also have some new stalls, includ­ing veg­gie snacks and upcycled cloth­ing (that is lovely new cloth­ing made with recycled materials).

Stallholders for March

The sur­vey we did last month showed that at least two thirds of you walked or cycled to the mar­ket, so keep up the good work!  If you drove, maybe you could walk instead and burn off the cup­cake cal­or­ies on the way home?

Market Group Meeting 28th Feb

The next Portobello Organic Market Group meet­ing is on the 28th Feb 7 – 9pm. 

If you love the mar­ket and would like to get involved, come along to the meet­ing and find out what you could do!

We are always look­ing for more volun­teer stew­ards for mar­ket day, as well as any­one who would like to help pro­mote the mar­ket, organ­ise events and enter­tain­ment on mar­ket day, and con­trib­ute to the stalls policy.

If you want to come to the meet­ing please let me know so I can make sure we have enough room 🙂

Polly Cooke

Food Worker

Nourish Scotland Annual Conference 2011




Nourish is a net­work of people and groups inter­ested in loc­al food in Scotland, who, to quote their Declaration of Dunbar “..are work­ing towards a sus­tain­able Scotland in which, in every region we pro­duce more of what we eat and eat more of what we pro­duce.”  To join just register at Nourish.

The Nourish Scotland Annual Conference 2011 will bring togeth­er parties inter­ested in Local Food from all over the UK for Wonderful Workshops, Spectacular Speakers, Luscious Local Food and a Cracking Ceilidh!  Tickets are on sale from


On Saturday, Lesley Riddoch will be chair­ing the debate at our Hustings event, with polit­ic­al rep­res­ent­at­ives from a cross sec­tion of parties tak­ing your ques­tions on the issues sur­round­ing Local Food and Land Use.


Wild Food with Ian Edwards of the Scottish Wild Harvests Association

Farmer’s Markets with Howard Wilkinson of Ayrshire Food Network

What To Do when the Funding runs out – expert advice on Social Enterprise and Income Generation

CAP Reform with David Barnes of the Scottish Government

Nourish: The Way Forward – Plenary Session to vote on pri­or­it­ies for Nourish Strategic Plan and options for Regionalisation

Opportunities in Procurement & Government Tenders includ­ing the Commonwealth Games

Getting Community Growing Projects Going with Urban Roots

Food Waste with Zero Waste Scotland

Land Use Strategy with Jo Hunt and John Ferguson of Nourish

Inspirational Visit to LEGUP Urban Growing Project in Govan

Land and Legal Issues for Community Growing with Landshare

Orchards with pan­el­list of 4 experts tak­ing your questions

Veg Box Schemes – with Caspar Lampkin and Fiona Ross

Food Security with Mike Small of Fife Diet

Haggis Making with Chef Didier of Whitmuir Organics

Andrew Whitley from Bread Matters, founder of the Village Bakery and Real Bread Campaign

Fisheries, Slow Food and many more…


We’ll be dan­cing the night away in our Friday night Ceilidh with music from Sarah Northcott and the Little Biggar Band. We’ll be provid­ing a bar too for your choice of refreshment…


Delicious sea­son­al meals using loc­al pro­duce (organ­ic wherever pos­sible) will be sup­plied by Hyndberry. Lunch and Dinner on Friday and Lunch on Saturday are included in the price of Weekend Tickets.


This year we have Free Childcare cour­tesy of GERA’s Mobile Play Team who’ll be run­ning food related work­shops and arts and crafts activ­it­ies for the young­er delegates.


The con­fer­ence will be held at the Pearce Institute in Govan, Glasgow. The Pearce is a fant­ast­ic ven­ue, with plenty of room for net­work­ing and break­out ses­sions. It’s right across the street from the Subway, is wheel­chair access­ible and has a Hearing Induction Loop. More here:

Happy Green Cooking!

Last chance to book a place on Out of the Blue’s Happy Green Cookery Course which starts tomorrow.

The Happy Green Cookery Course Flyer

Just Food: Learning from New York City’s experience

Friday February 11 Quaker Meeting House Edinburgh 5.30 – 8.30

Just Food con­nects loc­al farms with the city to get fresh, sea­son­al and sus­tain­ably grown food to people on all dif­fer­ent incomes

This event is for every­one inter­ested in strength­en­ing Edinburgh’s loc­al food sys­tem and mak­ing afford­able fresh loc­al food avail­able to all.

5.30 Soup and bread

6.30 Talk by Abby Youngblood from Just Food, fol­lowed by discussion

Cost £2 at the door.  Advance book­ing essential

To book or for fur­ther inform­a­tion con­tact 01968 661908

This event has been sponsored jointly by:

Transition Edinburgh South


Edinburgh Local Food Network

Transition Edinburgh University

Local Food Links Meeting

Local Food Links

Tuesday 25th January from 7 – 9pm

Portobello Community Centre

At the last Local Food Links get togeth­er we talked about what we wanted to to achieve in a years time…now we want to get things moving!

We want to bring togeth­er as many people as pos­sible who have been involved in PEDAL’s food pro­jects,  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.

There are exist­ing pro­jects like Fruitful Porty or the Portobello Organic Market, which has been incred­ibly suc­cess­ful, but is only fun­ded until the end of March, so it needs volun­teers if it is to con­tin­ue being the great com­munity event it is.  As well as ideas for new pro­jects rais­ing loc­al food aware­ness or set­ting up a com­munity shop.

So, if you are inter­ested in the future of loc­al food in Portobello, come along!

We hope to see you there!

For more inform­a­tion on the first loc­al food links meet­ing see our earli­er post­ing and food page

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.

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.


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.