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Healthy Plant Communities – a special event to open the Community Kitchen

June 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

A white wavy line on a green background above the words: Find out more about this... Free Community Event

The idea for the Community Kitchen came from the allotment holders at the farm. It will give space to socialise and eat, to share produce, and extend the welcome to other local residents. It was funded by the Edinburgh Community Climate Fund, thanks to the votes we received from supporters. And it was built by hand by many volunteers.

So, the kitchen was made by and for the people in this community – but our community also includes all the plant and animal life too.

This is why we have invited Scotland’s Plant Health Centre and other experts to join us for the afternoon.


A hand-drawn gourd, sunflower, apple and seeds frame a photo of the Community Allotments, with a closeup of purple allium flowers, and a background of abundant growth on plots. The title is repeated in the post. There is a small piece of text top right which says: preventing & managing plant diseases in veg patches & allotments. The Lauriston Agroecology Farm logo, and Scotland’s Plant Health Centre logo, are bottom right.

We will have info sessions from:

Gerry Sadler: Chief Plant Health Officer for Scotland

Matt Elliot: Plant Health & Biosecurity Scientist at RBGE

(and our own)

Rob Davidson: Experienced Ecologist and Orchardist

Lisa Houston: Community Growing Development Coordinator & Earthen Building Expert

Together we will explore how plant health connects with wider community health. You can learn how to source seeds safely, spot signs of plant disease, get healthy compost, and protect the wider ecosystem when growing your own fruit and veg. Along with artists Gretchen Maynard-Hayn and Emma Brierley, you can help us make a useful guide for anyone who has an allotment or veg patch. We’ll be screening a short film in one of the sheds. And you can eat pizza cooked in our new earthen oven!

It’s free, but we do need to know numbers, so

please click here to book a ticket

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