I thought I’d make a simple blog this week to introduce a few of our veg bag partners. They’re a mixed bunch and from a broad range of projects. Our aim is to encourage and support small food growing projects by buying produce from them where we cant supply it ourselves. This will build in sustainability and create the embryo of an different kind of short supply chain for the local food economy. If the stars are aligned our Veg Bag customers will get some of the finest, most high provenance produce available in the country.
Royal Edinburgh Community Garden:
This is a splendid green space in the middle of the grounds of the Royal Edinburgh hospital which is managed by the Cyrenians. ‘At the Community Gardens we focus on welcoming people experiencing mental or physical health problems, disadvantage, isolation or poverty. The gardens offer people fantastic opportunities to grow food, socialise and become more active. The garden teams also run regular events, workshops and courses.’ We are expecting the first broad beans from the gardens to be in your veg bags within a few weeks and later in the season we’ll add some Jerusalem artichokes.
Wauchope Community Garden:
‘The Garden is on the corner of Niddrie Mains Terrace and Wauchope Terrace in Craigmillar. Our aim is to provide a place where people can grow fruit and vegetables for themselves and for the community, and share their skills and knowledge with others.’ We are expecting some cabbages from Wauchope in the very near future. They may even have them ready before we do! (must be that cosy urban micro-climate).
Not a community garden but a pair of intrepid young growers starting a new business. They’re a couple of years in and are growing multi-coloured bunching carrots for us.
We are a 2.5 hectare organic market garden on the Falkland Estate in Fife in our second year of growing. We grow organic vegetables, salads, cut flowers and culinary and medicinal herbs, which are sold throughout Fife and Edinburgh via farm shops, farmers markets and wholesalers.
RBGE Edible Gardening Project:
We’re delighted to have the Botanic Gardens involved with our veg bags. They’re growing potatoes for us which you should find in your bags in the autumn.
The Edible Gardening Project is based at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and teaches people the skills and knowledge they need to grow their own food. Supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the project is for those who are keen to grow their own food but don’t know where to begin.
Key to the project are the volunteers who work hard to keep our demonstration edible garden looking fabulous. They are on hand at our workshops and drop in sessions to provide support and advice to people who are interested in brushing up on basic horticultural skills.
These projects are the front runners for supplying us. I’ll introduce more of our partners in another blog soon.