The 2000m² Project
When you divide all the arable land in the world by the world population, we each have 2000m2 of arable ground. On the farm at Whitmuir we have planted out a 2000m2 plot to allow you to see how much ground that is and there are a series of information boards in the car park explaining the idea of 2000m2 further.
Over three years Whitmuir Community Farm ran projects called 2000m2 inspired by this concept. As part of these projects we worked with our local schools to learn about sustainable land use, growing food, cooking and food waste. We also ran a local collection bringing food waste from West Linton and Romano Bridge back to our Community Compost Site based on the farm and turning it into compost. Unfortunately we do not have funding for the projects at the moment but we are still seeking funding for the project to re-start the Community Compost Site and campaigning for food waste collection services to be provided to our community.
Our work so far:
2017-2018 2000m² – Food for a Better Climate
During 2017 and 2018 we were awarded a third one-year grant from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund. The aims for this year were:
- Offer the rural food waste collection service to 200 families and achieve bin return rates for composting to 60% – get in touch if you would like to sign up.
- Recruit a team of 10 community growers to work with our full time Community Growing Mentor to grow three tonnes of organic veg on the 2000m² plot.
- Offer 50 places to adults and accompanying children on our Cooking for a Better Climate courses which will support you to move your home food habits towards the Livewell Guide recommendations.
- Continue to test our rural food waste collection model and our methods of engagement and support, we aim to develop a robust way of working that can be embedded into both our local community and replicated in other rural communities in Scotland.
2016-2017 2000m² – Think Global, Eat Local
Our second one-year grant enabled us to recruit additional staff to continue vegetable production on the plot, expand the rural food waste collection and composting service, run Cook with Your Kids courses and host a wide range of school visits and workshops. This project ends on 31 March 2017 and a final report for the project will be posted to this site as soon as it is available.
As part of the Think Global, Eat Local project, we also ran the 10 day Field of Enquiry Programme from October 2016 through to March 2017.
Please read the final report of the Think Global, Eat Local project (PDF 25MB).
2015-2016 2000m² – Food for One Year
Our first one-year grant enabled us to employ three staff to plant out the plot on the farm, begin food waste awareness work with the two local primary schools, Newlands and West Linton, and commence work on piloting a rural food waste collection and composting service.