PEDAL has been offered a number of bits of land to use as community food growing spaces. We now need to work out how we are going to use them
is there a group wanting to take on each of the spaces? Would people like a training course (we would need to charge for this as we don’t have any more funding) to kick start the process?
Would you like to get involved in developing a community farm?
If you think this sounds exciting and would like to get involved in any way then please come to a meeting on Tuesday 26th April 7.30
9.30 at Portobello Community Centre. If you’re not able to make the meeting but are interested in getting involved please let me know firstname.lastname@example.org
Look forward to seeing you there.
Fruitful Skills for a Fruitful Scotland
Interested in setting up or running a community or school orchard?
Want to know more about caring for trees in an established orchard?
Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust is offering a free community orchards management course on Saturday 26th March, 10am — 4pm
Aimed at people already running or thinking about setting up a community orchard, for more details see ELGT’s website
Please see information about the Scottish Orchards Fife/ East Coast Gathering
They are looking to roll out this training and networking to other parts of Scotland so even if you cant get to this one, they are open to ideas.
Scottish Orchards Fife_East Coast Gathering
Greendykes Organic Allotments are holding a Planting Week between 4 – 11th March. To kick start things they are looking for volunteers to help plant 200 native trees on 4th March between 10am — 2pm.
Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Bring spades or extra plants if you have them!
For further information please contact Brian Shields on 0131 6613504 (wk) or 0131 6605351 (hm) or email@example.com
Are you interested in growing your own vegetables but don’t know where to start? Join Damhead Nursery where vegetable expert Jim Williams from the National Vegetable Society will be introducing you to the delights of growing your own food, how to establish a kitchen garden and pick up simple tips to get you started, whether you have a large overgrown plot, small patch or a window box. He will cover topics such as seed sowing, getting the best out of your greenhouse, pests/weed control, composting, crop rotation and soil preparation. After his talk participants will venture into the nursery for a hands-on practical exercise.
||Friday 11 March 2011
||1:30pm — 4:00pm
||£25.00 (including tea/coffee & cake)
||Warm clothes for hands on practical outside/poly tunnel
||There are a limited number of spaces. To book your place either call
Damhead Nursery on 0131 445 4698 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi everyone,Please find attached a promotional flyer for Bridgend’s annual Potato Day on Sunday February 20th. Please note that this event is being held at the Bridgend Allotments on Old Dalkeith Road and NOT at Inch House as in previous years. Parking is limited, so if you’re coming by car, please try to park elsewhere.
If you are coming to buy seed potatoes, we would appreciate it if you could bring your own bags! A list of seed varieties available is also attached.
Hope to see you on the 20th.
Tattie Day 2011
Seed Tattie List 2011
Bridgend Allotments Community Health Project
Tel. 07789 650878
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.
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
22/23 January 2011
Colinton Community Compost,
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 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 0131 248 2698
For more information see the ECBA website — www.ecba.org.uk