About us

Buying vegetables and other food at local food fair

Buying vegetables and other food at local food fair. Image by Callum MacLellan.

Since December 2008, an ever-increasing group of residents in Shandon in Edinburgh have been discussing how we can buy and grow food which is more local, seasonal and organic.  In April 2009, we received a grant from the national Climate Challenge Fund which resulted in a report and helped us to identify our action groups and priority areas.  We want to:

  • see our local shops and markets thrive;
  • make connections with farmers and producers in the wider region;
  • promote the Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens (RECG), Myreside;
  • see gardens, backgreens and common areas flourish with home-grown produce.

Our website has the following pages:

Community Board for a list of upcoming food, gardening and local events run by ourselves and other community groups;

Food Fair for detail of our local food fairs which we have been holding at Polwarth Church every March and September since 2011;

Meetings and events for a list of upcoming and past Shandon Local Food Group events;

Key Documents for our constitution, reports and newsletters.

News is a blog page for details and reviews of our events.

We hope to add a new page shortly which will provide links to local producers.  But for now please see this local food map.

Please get in touch

Email us at shandonfood@hotmail.co.uk if you would like to join our email list, propose an idea/activity or get involved in any of our events.

13 Responses to About us

  1. Michael MacLeod says:

    Some of the ideas sound great, anything that helps us get a bit more from out wee urban gardens would be good. Hopefully we can reduce the number of gardens getting covered in gravel/paving slabs and get stuff growing. Swapping tips/ plants and centralised composting would be good for a start. Weed and cat control advice also welcome. Please keep me informed of progress.

  2. Jenny Brockie says:

    People might be interested in the Craigie’s Farm Deli and Cafe website. The food they grow is organic, and they also sell organic meat and vegetables, etc. Most of the food from the cafe is also organic.

    They are very keen on community involvement in food and regularly invite groups of primary school children to bake bread, and, while it’s cooking, to collect free range eggs, scramble them and eat them with the bread they have baked.

    They’re website is http://www.craigies.co.uk

    The cycle ride out there gives an excellent appetite. Route: follow cycle path signs along north suburban cycle path, down to Davidson’s Mains, through Barnton and over Cramond Brig, up to the bridge over the Queensferry Road, and half a mile along the Kirkliston Road to the Craigie Farm road end.

    • Kirsty says:

      Sorry to burst the bubble about Craigie’s farm. It is a conventional farm using the most modern fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides to grow their food including the pick your own strawberries and raspberries..
      There was a small organic food growing project at the farm but it finished last year, 2011.

  3. cathy Pichot says:

    I’d like to get some more info on the vegetable boxes from the local producers.

  4. Mike Smith says:

    Hello all,
    it seems like a fantastic plan, but I think one thing that is missing is what is going to be done with all the food 🙂 and possibly the wider involvement of the community. Maybe get in touch with ECFI to see how the group could be integrated into other organisations. I think ECFI are doing a major mapping exercise to find out who is involved in food in Edinburgh, this might be a simple way of ensuring funding is used most wisely for the benefit of residents.

    Good luck!

    • 18saughtonmains says:

      Hi Mike

      Thanks for giving us the heads-up about ECFI. I talked to them a bit before the last newsletter, so I’ll give them a bell re:mapping (if Gavin’s not already done so).

      Our bring-and-share in the Autumn was directly influenced by the Fife Diet’s moveable feasts, and we all want to do more communal food things. I guess it just didn’t get brought up at the consultations.


  5. Jessica Snow says:

    Have you considered a facebook site to help keep people updated?

    • 18saughtonmains says:

      Hi Jessica,

      It’s certainly something to look in to. There is a facebook page for the Community Garden that we work with, at http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=122552387770226 We’re also revamping this wordpress.com website early in the New Year, so may make a facebook page for the whole Food Group and have this wordpress site post updates to facebook — it’s certainly technically feasible.

      In order to have a successful facebook page, we’d need content being put online regularly. Would you be able to write some information for the page?


  6. Nick says:

    This is very cool to see a local foods initiative going on across the pond from me! I’m in Flagstaff, Arizona, US and we are starting our own local foods initiative right now! Check out our blog post about ours > http://bit.ly/m2ssGR Good luck with your efforts!

  7. Sam D says:

    is this still going on? Hope so! 🙂

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