Other Growing Groups and Courses
Stirling Online Market
This was originally set up as Stirling Food Hub in 2016 by Forth Environment Link, who in January 2020 transferred the market to The Kitchen at 44, who now run it under the auspices of the national NeighbourFood network. From the Stirling NeighbourFood website
Welcome to Stirling NeighbourFood hosted by The Kitchen at 44. Here you will find a variety of great products direct from quality farms and producers. Vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, dairy, real bread, preserves, cakes, small batch hand roasted coffee and lots more. Come and meet the producers and and enjoy a new way to eat well while supporting local agriculture and food producers.
Forth Environment Link founded Stirling's online market in 2016 because they believe this kind of food shopping connects community, local seasonal produce and the environment in a fun fair and sustainable way, thus giving a renewed appreciation of the real value of food to all aspects of life! In January 2020 Forth Environment handed over the running of the market to The Kitchen at 44 a community interest company with similar principals and ambitions. We hope you will enjoy your food more, and that connecting with its source will help prevent food waste and save food miles.
Stirling online market
Forth Environment Link website
Nairn and District Gardening Club 38th Annual Show
Saturday 22 August 2020
Nairn Community and Arts Centre doors open 1.00
Adults 2.00 Exhibitors and accompanied Children free
Raffle and sales table
Teas and home baking served during the show
See the website for the Show schedule and more information about the club.
Transition Town Forres' Community Garden
Highland Seedlings, Fearn
TBI recently received an email from Mairi MacPherson, explaining that she was formerly an academic at UHI but had to give up full-time work because of illness and now runs a small growing business in Fearn. She writes
"I have 1/3 acre garden at home in Fearn and grow many veg, and we're trying to be as sustainable and self-sufficient as possible, but because of my health limitations there is only so much I can do. I really want to help more folks grow their own and turn their unused grass spaces into food (in a no dig/permaculture way), and I've started to run workshops ever so often. I also sell veg seedlings which folks can pick up either in person or order online and I ship them to them. There's more about this on my website, www.highlandseedlings.com. I'd love to start a community garden here in Fearn or do stuff with the primary school, or work with community groups of some sort."
Mairi is interested in joining TBI as an Associate Member, and hopes that we might be able to to come up with ideas for projects, workshops or volunteering opportunities which would benefit both her enterprise and TBI members. She adds that visitors to the garden are always welcome (location information on the website). Her contact information is
Oak Cottage, Hill of Fearn
Tain IV20 1TJ
Growing in Gairloch
The latest issue of the GALE newsletter contains information about the GALE Gardening Group
GALE Gardening Group; Tuesday mornings, 10 – 12pm
The GALE Gardening Group at Good for Ewe at Inverasdale is up and running again from 10 - 12 noon on Tuesday mornings! This group includes parents and children and is for anyone with an interest in growing outdoors or in the polytunnel. We are still growing lettuces, leeks, broccoli and much more! . . . .
Get Ready for Growing; 19 Feb, 7.30pm
Join us at the GALE centre after our open house chilli night for a sharing of knowledge to get your gardens off the best start! Come along and get some advice from our gardening specialists and learn about our growing/outdoor learning project.
Read the GALE newsletter
(GALE is Gairloch and Loch Ewe Action Forum).
'Pocket Orchards' in Wester Ross
Former TBI director John Wood and friends have been planting fruit trees in public spaces around the wester Ross villages. Read more .
Plants with Purpose and Appletree Man
November 2018. Andrew Lear, who runs the above business at Bankfoot, has sent a long email newsletter. Andrew writes
"What a summer we had - and what a year for fruit! Whilst it was very dry (we did have rain on June 23rd - which saved the trees), the high temperatures and sunshine levels kept the developing apples and other fruit expanding endlessly (we've seen Howgate Wonder apples the size of small pumpkins and perfectly carve-able) and turning an unexpected bright red in many cases.
"All my trees produced fruit this year, which gave me a good opportunity to check the labels! A reminder of the perennial problem of keeping labels intact and having good records!
"The warm sunny weather continued into early autumn (apart from the predicted diversion into torrential rain on our open day in August), and fruit and vegetables from the garden remained abundant. It seems strange now to be back to eating kale and winter vegetables after being spoiled for choice for so long, but the freezers and pantry are full, and no-one's complaining".
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Toni has drawn attention to this European organisation. From their website:
The GROW Observatory (GROW) is a European-wide project engaging thousands of growers, scientists and others passionate about the land. We will discover together, using simple tools to better manage soil and grow food, while contributing to vital scientific environmental monitoring.
Our vision is to support the emergence of a movement of citizens generating, sharing and using information on growing and the land.
This can lead to more sustainable land use practices, better soil and land governance and policy, and a unique data repository for science. Through this, people gain a voice on local issues and tailored advice on which new crops to plant, when to water, sow and harvest. In turn, their insight will underpin better-informed decision-making and policy objectives, while improving soil, land use, climate change adaptation and our overall sustainability.
Visit the GROW website .
MOO Food Muir of Ord
March 2018 News update from Emma Whitham
Earlier this year MOO Food planted a 50 tree community orchard in Muir of Ord, with a selection of trees, including varieties of apple, pear, cherry, plum and hazel. Tarradale Primary School pupils worked with MOO Food volunteers to plant trees along with Cllr Angela Maclean and over 30 volunteers from the community. The community are very keen to be involved and I have been overwhelmed by the amount of offers of help and folks generosity.
Our community fridge will be launched at the end of the month with an official opening day on Saturday 31st March at 2pm. During term time Tarradale Primary School pupils will look after the fridge Monday to Friday ensuring it is clean and presentable. Anyone interested in helping clean the fridge at weekends or during school holidays should contact Emma Whitham to discuss volunteering opportunities.
We received some brilliant news recently that our ‘Growing Our Future’ behaviour change project will be funded by the Scottish Government Climate Challenge Fund for two years. This means we can recruit three members of staff to implement the project. We are currently recruiting, the 16th March 2018 is the closing date. For more information please contact Emma Whitham.
We are having our first AGM on Monday 26th March 1900 at the Muir Hub so if yo would like to get involved with MOO Food, please come along.
Please visit our website www.moofood.org or our Facebook page to keep up to date with our news.
If you have any questions please contact Emma at email@example.com
(Earlier information from Facebook, October 2017)
MOO Food is a social enterprise based in Muir of Ord with a vision to create an inclusive hub for producing environmentally conscious food that sustains a healthy, empowered, low carbon community.
To inspire healthy, environmentally friendly living and give the Muir of Ord community opportunity to reduce carbon footprint and contribute to the production of affordable, chemical free food. Whilst providing hands-on learning opportunities and increasing social capital.
MOO Food Aims
- to improve access to affordable, local, seasonal, chemical free fruit and vegetables.
- to inspire healthy, sustainable, green living
- to provide opportunities for the community to be active
- to empower the community by increasing knowledge and confidence through delivering a suite of courses on growing fruit and veg, food preparation, nutrition, waste reduction and composting, and ongoing support
- to increase social capital by bringing people together and facilitating sharing of knowledge and skills within the community and to prepare the younger generation for the future
- to facilitate an organic waste collection service and community composting
- to be inclusive
MOO Food wins Carbon Clever funding. Emma Whitham emailed on 9 October
Just found out we have been awarded £9990 from the Highland Council Carbon Clever Fund for phase 1 of MOO Incredible Edible project. This means will be progressing with community fridge, orchard and growing boxes.
In an earlier email Emma had outlined the project for which MOO were seeking funding
MOO Food is very much in its infancy, although we are building momentum. By the end of this week we will find out whether or not we have been awarded money from the Highland Council Carbon Clever fund to support our MOO Incredible Edible project. The purpose of this project is to create and maintain community food growing spaces within Muir of Ord, including an orchard and growing spaces for the benefit of local people and wildlife. If awarded this money we propose to plant an orchard (along with pupils from Tarradale Primary School) on 17th Nov as part of Muir of Ord’s first Apple Day event.
We will also install 50 growing boxes throughout the village that will be used to grow vegetables for everyone to harvest and enjoy. This fund will also be used to purchase our Community Fridge. All will be supported and maintained by MOO Food volunteers. This will be our first project, which fills us with much excitement.
MOO Food has also applied to the Climate Challenge Fund for funding for a more ambitious project called 'Growing our Future'. View the project summary .
After the end of October MOO Food will have a website at www.moofood.org
The Seed Co-operative
From their website at https://www.seedcooperative.org.uk/
The Seed Co-operative has come into being as an initiative of the Biodynamic Association, supported by Garden Organic and the Organic Research Centre, working with Open Pollinated Seeds and experienced seedsman Hans Steenbergen.
Although initiated by the Biodynamic Association, for the Seed Co-operative to be a success a wide collaboration of people will need to be involved. Farmers, growers, home gardeners, chefs, professionals and amateurs, everyone involved in building a resilient food system, will be able to benefit through access to seeds, advice and training from the Seed Co-operative.
The future of farming, by default, lies in the hands of younger generations. After many years that have seen the average age of a UK farmer increasing towards retirement age, new blood is coming in to farming. Many young people entering farming have not inherited their farms and are starting small, often in social enterprises or Community Supported Agriculture. Although the economics need to be proven it is hoped that seed growing might provide another enterprise for small farms.
- Saturday 4 April
- 11:00 Transition Town Forres Cafe Collective CANCELLED
- NA Fortrose Community Market CANCELLED
- Thursday 9 April
- NA Common Weal/InverYESs Study for Action workshop
- Saturday 11 April
- 11:00 Cromarty Community Market CANCELLED
- Saturday 18 April
- NA Film 'Bikes vs Cars' Muir Hub POSTPONED
- 10:00 Culbokie Community Market CANCELLED
- Wednesday 22 April
- 19:30 'Peas Please' Online workshop/ discussion on sourcing fresh food
- NA Earth Day 2020
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