Category Archives: Courses

Mushroom Growing course

There will be a Mushroom Growing Course on Saturday the 19th of February, between 10am and 12 noon. Come along and learn from Dr Neville Kilkenny the fas­cin­at­ing art of grow­ing edible mush­rooms on wooden logs, and take home your own inn­ocu­lated log! This is an indoor course lim­ited to 12 places. The course is free, but we sug­gest a dona­tion of £5. Please reserve your place early to avoid dis­ap­point­ment! (NB This course is now full, but register your interest with us in case we are able to lay on anoth­er mush­room event.)

Faith and the Environment

St Philips church are host­ing a num­ber of events dur­ing February and March on the theme of faith and the envir­on­ment. For inform­a­tion take a look at Faith and the Environment or lent lec­tures fliers.

If you would like more inform­a­tion please con­tact either:

Chris Galbraith:

Stewart Weaver: or 669‑2410.

St. Philip’s Church Office: 657‑3401

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

Mushroom Growing Course

Learn to cul­tiv­ate your own mush­rooms, such as oyster mush­rooms on logs (as well as oth­er environments/ sub­strates). 19th February 10am-1pm at the por­to­bello com­munity cen­ter.  The course will be led by mush­room expert Dr Neville Kilkenny. Please con­tact us for fur­ther details.

2 day Introduction to Permaculture

22/23 January 2011 

Colinton Community Compost,


EH13 0PQ

Sliding scale price from £45-£75 — but please don’t let money be the reas­on you don’t attend. 

For more inform­a­tion and a book­ing form, con­tact James Chapman — 

07790 265883 or 01337 842277

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, or call 0131 248 2698

For more inform­a­tion see the ECBA web­site —

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

Bread Making course

If you are inter­ested in learn­ing how to bake your own bread, please con­tact Polly Cooke or Peter Upton at PEDAL. There will be a small charge for the course to cov­er mater­i­als and hire of premises, but we aim to keep this to a minimum.

Food Projects hit the High Street!

On Saturday 22nd May the Food team hit the high street to tell every­one about all PEDAL’s new food pro­jects.  We had a wee stall with bunt­ing and knit­ted veget­ables (thanks Jane for the knit­ted veg!).  Anyone who stopped to talk to us and filled in our sur­vey could take away their choice of veget­able and herb seed­ling, ran­ging from leeks, lettuces and kale to purple kala­bash toma­toes.  It was a beau­ti­ful day and the shade from the trees on the high street was very wel­come, who would have thought it — sum­mer in Scotland!  A total of 55 Porty people told us what they would like to see on the Dig In Porty! train­ing courses, and signed up for more inform­a­tion on Fruitful Porty, the Portobello Organic Market, Portobello Community Farm, the Edinburgh Garden Share Scheme and Solar Porty.  If you missed out and would like to know more about what we are doing this year, keep your eye on the web­site (we will be adding pages on all the pro­jects very soon) and look out for events and dis­plays around Portobello.  If you live in Portobello, there will also be a leaf­let all about the first few food pro­jects com­ing to your house via the Portobello Reporter any day now!

Or con­tact the Food Team or

Dig In Porty! Free courses on growing your own veg

Would you be inter­ested in learn­ing to grow more of your own fruit and veg?

We hope to offer a short course over 4 Saturdays, begin­ning on the 29th of May at Telferton Allotments. At the moment we are only able to offer the course to six people on a first-come, first-served basis. This course on grow­ing Spring and Summer Greens will cov­er the the­ory and prac­tice of dig­ging, under­stand­ing your soil, com­post, seed sow­ing  and care of your plants.

If there is suf­fi­cient interest we’d like to run oth­er courses on how to grow in raised beds & con­tain­ers, and on grow­ing potatoes.

Courses are being offered free, although there will be a small charge (£10) to cov­er the cost of seeds and some materials.

If you or someone you know is inter­ested in these courses, or in being kept informed of oth­er courses PEDAL may offer in the future, please con­tact Peter ( or Polly (

We look for­ward to hear­ing from you!