Whitmuir - Growing the Future

create a living learning space
 

Whitmuir - Growing the future

Creating a Living Learning Space

Whitmuir is a working organic farm, just south of Edinburgh with an organic farm shop and restaurant. The farm also hosts the Dancing Light Gallery and is home to the 2000m2 - Food for One Year project funded by Climate Challenge Fund.

Tomorrow, as well as continuing to produce good food every day, we want Whitmuir to become a national resource on sustainable food and farming, with discovery trails, exhibits, educational opportunities and citizen science projects. The farm is twice the size of the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh - and we want to work with the landscape to bring the story of past and future food to life.

As well as walking around a beautiful bit of Borders countryside, just 16 miles from central Edinburgh, you can discover what bugs and beasties do all day; why organic farming is good for you and the planet; what makes a pig happy and how to grow your own food. We can explore everything from the brilliance of clover to the intricacies of the carbon cycle. Help us make this wonderful space come to life.

 

2000M2 - FOOD FOR ONE YEAR Project

The Climate Challenge Fund are supporting a one year project to support community growing, cooking and composting on Whitmuir Farm.

Workiing with community growers and our two local schools, we aim to reduce the local carbon footprint by 30 tonnes of carbon by:

  • Piloting a rural food waste recycling scheme with up to 60 households
  • Testing two small scale composting systems on the farm
  • Working with pupils of Newlands and West Linton primary schools to recruit up to 40 community growers to participate in community growing on the farm to produce vegetables for the schools and the growers
  • Demonstrating how much food can be grown on 2000m2, the amount of arable land available to every person on the planet.

Throughout the year the project will also be running cookery and food sharing sessions, presenting composting workshops and hosting farm tours, demonstrating how we can reduce our carbon emissions by growing our own food, reducing food waste and composting the waste for future growing.

 

Some of our story so far......

The photos below are from our Share Issue Launch on 21 March 2013 (yes, it was snowing - remember!) - as well as our first shareholders, Maya and Innes, we have Meg, our grower with Christine Grahame MSP and Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment.

Photograph of the first shareholders Maya age 5 and Innes age 10.  Photo by Graham HamiltonPhoto of Shareholders Innes age 10, Maya age 5, our own Meg Goodwin, Christine Grahame MSP and Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead.  Photo by Graham Hamilton

Our first shareholders Maya (5) and Innes (10) - photographs by Graham Hamilton

With your support, we can make Whitmuir a place where you can:

  • Imagine the future of food and farming in our one planet polytunnel.
  • Work out the farm’s carbon footprint on our zero carbon, zero waste trail.
  • Learn about growing, foraging and cooking organic food in our green classroom, field kitchen and community plots and garden.
  • Discover birds, bugs and beasties and what they do all day on our nature trails.
  • Climb the hill on our history trail and see for years and years.
  • Learn to be a farmer by coming on our courses - everything from rearing your own hens to growing herbs, from laying hedges to keeping bees, from respecting pigs to making silage.



Enjoy our wee film above!

2000 m2

Food for One Year

Join our community growers on Saturday mornings

Graphic from Stakeholders meeting held on 16 Jan 2015

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