A group looking at all things related to food - sourcing, growing, distributing, cooking
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The Permaculture Scotland Management Group are delighted to officially announce
The funding will cover training ScotLAND Assessors - taken from existing Scottish Diploma holders, paying these Assessors to visit sites, training for LAND Centres and some Learners too, some public events en route, project coordination and documenting the process so we can share with you and others the changes that are happening. We will be in contact with potential ScotLAND Centres from our survey very soon!
What is the ScotLAND project?
ScotLAND will be a Scotland-wide network supporting and creating permaculture Learning And Network Demonstration (LAND) Centres. The aim of ScotLAND is to demonstrate practical examples of land-based permaculture design in various different places, micro-climates, and cultures throughout Scotland. These will include both urban and rural home gardens, community gardens, public spaces, allotments, smallholdings and farms.
These LAND Centres will meet our criteria of being in Scotland and integrating permaculture, are open to visitors and offer opportunities for learning. If a project is in the early stages of integrating permaculture they can become a LAND Learner Centre and progress towards LAND Centre status as and when they are ready.
Who can get involved?
Anyone who lives in Scotland and is interested in permaculture. If you have a project which you would like to be either a LAND Centre or a LAND Learner and you have not already answered the questionnaire sent out early this year, please get in touch with email@example.com . If you have already completed this questionnaire, you should have heard from us before 1st November - if you haven't please email to confirm your contact details.
And if you want to able to visit ScotLAND Centres - watch this space!
For further updates please go to the Permaculture Scotland website: www.permaculture.org.uk/scotland or Permaculture Scotland on Facebook here
Growing Glasgow's Local Food System - Hustings Notes from 3rd May 2011
Growing Glasgow's Local Food System HUSTINGS 3rd May 2011
Anna Dyer - Labour
Alistair Whitelaw - Greens
Frances Curran - Socialists
Kenn Elder - Lib Dems
1. Notes from the World Cafe sessions
a] 3 Main Points that arose from each group
b] World Cafe sessions - 4 Full write-ups
2. Feedback from Candidates about the evening
3. Audience comments
4. Next Steps
1. Notes from World Cafe sessions and feedback
a] 3 Main Points that arose from each group
Neils group with Alistair Whitelaw
1. Joined up Growing
Individuals already have a connection to growing but how to help bigger groups, farms and private sector to get involved in community growing
2.Values around Food
how dom people value food and the food production systems, how much are they involved with that system? How much willing to spend on food - people more willing to spend on than mobile than for food
3. Improved Food Education
Seed saving, food growing and production, processing, distribution, retail, cooking, waste etc, who's doing what, access to land [Land Value Tax]
Abi's group with Frances Curran
1. Idealogical shift
This is needed in what we value and how we protect and live sustainably since the status quo in terms of human consumption cannot be maintained
2. Participatory Democracy
To help communities needs be truly reflected in decision making
3. More local food used
Hospitals, education establishments etc source much more local food - 30-50% is possible and could be encouraged in Scotland
Luci's group with Anna Dyer
1. Mapping historic food growing sites
Invaluable source of historic knowledge that showed what was in use, like market gardens and orchards, and in some cases need reinstated
2. Funding for Growing
CCF, one of the main current funders, funds short term and it seems arbitary who gets it - some who just tick boxes and others dont who really need it to help grow their food projects. They dont support developing social enterprises which would create real sustainability
3. Food Jobs
These will be needed in all aspects of the future resilient local food movement and are not being planned for. These include horticulture [market gardens, coops, CSA's, farms], food storage and distribution, retail, restaurant/cafe, policy etc
Kathryn's group with Kenn Elder
1. Joining up gaps in support
Despite general political support for local growing, growers aren’t always benefitting. Joining the gaps between policy and on-the-ground action is needed so that support is relevant and accessible.
2. Reconnection to the land
Placing a greater value on good food and encouraging an experiential connection to the land should be encouraged to foster a cultural shift in consumerism.
3. Resource competition V's collaboration
Groups and organisation working in this field are under pressure to compete for limited resources
Neil's Group with Alistair Whitelaw
Local Food support groups - 1] Sus Food - A Glasgow Community Food Network already exists as a volunteer network 2] Nourish 3] "C Fine" Network offers accessibility with affordability
Investment is needed such as Slow Money [USA]
Peoples values of Food - what are they?
Cultural issues - stigma of farming and growing your own
There is ignorance around fresh fruit and veg - fruit DOES grow on trees
Awareness of benefits of food and links to food production
Fair trade, nutrition and quality food
What are the steps to get from A] Individual small scale growing to B] large scale commercial/business production. Community collective approaches are a way to scale up individual growing and that can be more beneficial to everyone and more productive too are Community Supported Agriculture schemes [CSA's]
Commercial "food waste" - need to address and reintegrate this into a sustainable system
Land ownership, land value tax, community right to buy, Landshare [people who have land share with others to grow]
Where is Food on the list of priorities for governments or local authorities etc and yet it's availability, affordability and quality are essential to our wellbeing? Where do they sit on the Health agenda.
Planning for an inclusive and robust local food system is essential
Farmers markets are a good thing but they are very meat heavy - need to rebalance with more of what else we grow well in Scotland. Markets like Blochairn, have a limited supply chain and alot is sourced from abroad still
Importance of seasonality to enjoying local food and reducing CO2 emissions, however with veg box schemes for local food this means limited choice and sometimes very limited choice, specifically in Winter
Luxury V essential buys - Levels of disposable income that are spent on food vary within different socio economic communities - supermarkets aren't cheap but provide convenience
Rural communities are more greatly affected by the price of fuel and oil
Schools and education - Cooking skills/home economics, growing skills are all needed as part of the mix to relearn about food
Investment in the prevention of issues arising is far better than treating the "ills" later
Social eating is increasing - " Come Dine With Me|
Abi's Group with Frances Curran
Frances didn’t see herself as a politician so much as a community activist. As such, the discussion didn’t really focus on specific policy positions of the Scottish socialists as her own opinion. Interesting, nonetheless.
Ideological shift needed in the way things are done generally; need to move to a participative democracy made up of 50% local people, area by area > social forums.
Appropriate distribution of funds to support upskilling and ideological shift.
Hospitals and schools could source produce within 30 mile radius – perhaps as a gradual increase in %. Been done in Italy! This is a specific Scottish Socialist policy.
Communities should be empowered to ‘own’ public land. If the council won’t support it the land could/should be occupied
Teach environmental and sustainable skills in schools.
Subsidies for box schemes – supporting small scale rural producers
How to support an infrastructure to distribute food locally
Funding volunteer programmes
Supporting small scale producers
- young people?
- Community land scheme?
Is this ideology??
What does a sustainable food economy look like?
Luci's Group with Anna Dyer
The need for social enterprise support since it develops real sustainable and less reliance on funding like CCF [Climate Challenge Fund] etc
Co-ops are a useful as ways to run market gardens or community food schemes [CSA's]
Climate Challenge Funding [CCF] - many communities are very reliant on it and when they don't get it it creates problems for that community who maybe havent been able to to encoraged to build in real sustainability measures. It can seem arbitrary who receives the fund and it can just be a tick box exercise for some successful groups
Land currently for community growing can be on short leases or insecure tenure which creates vulnerable for the longevity of that project so having longer and more secure tenure is important to community development
We used to know alot about the plants in our gardens and that has mostly been lost - it needs reinstating
Peak Oil and Climate Change - how knowledgeable and believing are politicians about these urgent issues? Anna said SNP see CC mitigation as the installation of renewable resources like wind and wave power. She felt the SNP target here was unrealistic and we could learn from communities outside the UK for better strategies where there is less focus on wind and water
The importance to recognise and map historic places for food growing [allotments, community gardens, market gardens, orchards] as these show patterns of historic and perhaps current/future need?
Contaminated land in Glasgow is a problem to grow on? Raised beds are possible but there are plants that can really help decontaminate areas and also most toxins dont carry through into the plants so its much less of a problem when growing food
The cuts in spending are promoting regeneration with jobs that aren't good for the deep changes we need to make socially and economically. Green jobs are needed in communities, especially food growing, local manufacture and home insulation
The cuts have affected the planning department in managing to get planning passed efficiently
Anna felt food growing issues are not really being discussed by other people during this election - education, health and travel are really on the agenda
There seems to be political ‘good will’ towards community growing and more sustainable food production but the benefits of supportive policies are not being felt by organisations and groups working in this area.
Opportunities for people to experience at first hand how their food is created should be more available. This could be as simple as planting a tree and might encourage greater appreciation for good food.
The prevalence of cheap, mass produced food of low nutritional quality will remain a challenge. Pressure at a governmental level must be applied to supermarkets to adopt socially and environmentally responsible policies.
Supermarkets have great influence in dictating consumer trends and could be doing more to encourage informed, responsible food buying. Equally, the influence supermarkets have over farmers and producers encourages monocultural production and extravagant food waste. This needs to change.
Local authorities are beginning to adopt a more collaborative approach to local growing but there is still much that could be done to empower people and encourage local community growing. How can we better promote what existing support is available and make it more accessible?
The existing funding framework often sets up organisations in contest for small pots of short-term funding. Much more could be achieved if funding was sustained and encouraged resource sharing perhaps?
The Single Outcome Agreement framework is inappropriate and unwieldy. There needs to be more thought given to the appraisal of funded work.
The evaluation of community led projects is an ongoing challenge. Collaborative approaches to understanding how much is being achieved across a wide area could help us to document progress and identify opportunities/ shortfalls.
Small organisations struggle with the constant demands of renewing funding and evaluating work effectively.
The challenge of renewing funding means we risk losing organisations we have invested in. This means we lose the specific skills, knowledge and influence that have been carefully built up. Nourish may become an example of this.
It is often difficult to engage a wider audience with sustainable food issues, and this means politicians are reluctant give the topic the attention it deserves. If politicians could promote these issues, they could help to generate a cultural shift in attitudes to food.
Alistair realised there's alot happening despite the system. What can the Greens do to help - loans schemes for local producers? He said alot that was discussed tonight echoed with the Greens policies
Kenn heard about lots of new organisations and what they were doing and wants to help more. On reflection, some of their policies need to be clearer he feels. He has taken some ideas away that he will take forward with his party. The event has helped him to think
Frances thought it was a good evening. There are lots of activists in communities, lots of skills, but lots that disempowers people. What structural changes need to happen to change and support community action? She felt we need a bigger vision and that its important to be part of a movement that helps people grow more
Anna thought the event showed peoples great enthusiasm and a varied range of projects.
She has practical experience as a volunteer so knows what that is like for us all. She wants to empower people in the funding process and has experience here too. She felt that he local government doesn't know how much money is coming in and thats a problem for everyone
Clem - Hidden Gardens and NVA
Everyone here is already committed. How do we use this format in more general events, to help a cultural shift?
John - Childrens Orchard
Growing is a political issue
Greig - North Glasgow Community Food Initiative
Write up this and other information for a manifesto? For political partys to see and for other groups too?
Write up the notes from the event, distribute and see if people want to take any of this discussion further
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