The Edinburgh Food Growing and Projects Map provides detailed information on community growing projects, HRA community gardens, council and independently run allotments in the Capital, making it easier for people to find out more about and get involved in local food growing activity in their area.
Its publication marks the launch of ‘Growing Locally’, Edinburgh’s first food growing strategy, which aims to increase the opportunities for people and communities to grow food in the city, encourage more people to buy and locally grown food, and encourage people to get involved in food growing and local food projects.
The strategy outlines plans to increase the amount of food growing space in Edinburgh and develop a local food market, looking at the feasibility of establishing an indoor market and local food distribution hub.
It also sets out ways in which the city can tackle food insecurity and improve access to fresh food.
Councillor George Gordon, City of Edinburgh Sustainability Champion and Chair of Edible Edinburgh, said: “I am delighted to publish the first food growing strategy for the City of Edinburgh Council.
“We have faced difficult times over the last year where the importance of food to our physical health and our emotional and mental wellbeing have been evident for all to see.
“By working closely with the Poverty Commission, Growing Locally seeks to address food insecurity in the city and improve people’s access to fresh food, as well as supporting and promoting food growing across the city.
“It also celebrates the role that food plays in our lives – from bringing people and communities together, to improving biodiversity and mitigating against the effects of climate change by providing access to locally produced, low carbon food.”
Brenda Black, CEO of Edinburgh Community Food, said: “Food is key to Edinburgh’s identity and economy and the Edinburgh Food Growing and Project Map provides a gateway for everyone to be involved in making positive food connections within their communities across the city, building better understanding of food and its impact on climate change.
“As Edinburgh moves to meet its climate targets, providing access to growing spaces for its citizens will be a huge step forward in creating a vibrant, low-carbon, food economy for all.”