Here at Whitmuir Community Farm we are keen to share our learning so far through the 2000m² project. On this page you can find:
- information about our project idea
- recipes and cooking tips
- growing guides and composting tips
- links to other organisations resources
Information about our project
You might find this section useful if you intend to apply to the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) for a similar community based whole food system approach.
Whitmuir Community Farm has looked at the food system as a whole at a community level, from growing vegetables and fruit following organic principles, to teaching people how to cook using seasonal and local ingredients, to providing a rural food waste collection service to produce compost on site, which is fed back to the growing sites. We are in the process of developing a toolkit to share with you – check back here soon! This will be a ‘live’ document which will be added to as we learn more, for example we are trialing using chipped cardboard rather than wood pellets in the Big Hanna compost machine.
As well as the toolkit we can offer groups wanting to address food waste and whole food systems:
- Access to our community composting site and a study tour
- Advice from our staff with regards to
- community engagement; assessing the need, building up partnerships
- planning the practicalities; working with local authorities
- set-up; including registration with SEPA and following regulations
- running the service
- data collection and monitoring
We hope to join the Ideas Bank compiled by Climate Challenge Fund – if successful we will let you know here.
Recipes and cooking tips
We will be developing our recipes with participants in our cookery courses – look here to find out more.
For seasonal meal ideas check out Greener Scotland.
Growing guides and composting tips
We will be running a home composting workshop at the 2000m² plot at Whitmuir Community Farm during the afternoon on Friday 4th August at our open day – pop along and join in (no booking necessary). If you would like more workshops please contact us.
Growing your own food can be really rewarding, starting with simple plants like strawberries and becoming more adventurous with potatoes and curly kale – you’ll be off on your own growing adventure in no time. Greener Scotland have a useful webpage for more information – but check back for our guides soon!
Links to other organisations resources
We come across amazing groups and organisations through the 2000m² project and many have great resources and advice you can use in your project – here are just some of our favourites:
- Keep Scotland Beautiful – for the sheer scope of what they do!
- Zero Waste Scotland – for research and evidence
- You Can Cook – for their tasty recipes
- Transition Scotland – for their guidance sheets and case studies on community action
- Recycle for Scotland – lots of resources for their Pass it on Week (March)
- Love Your Clothes – great tips for getting the most out of your clothes
- Community Resources Network Scotland – for their work towards a shared vision
We will keep adding to this list when we meet new inspirational groups and organisations with resources to share.