Lauriston Farm

Harvest 2022 reflections: Community Allotments & Garden

11 Thriving Community Allotment Plots
Having started with a grassy field, we now have 11 community allotment plots run by groups or organisations. The plots and the community are thriving - with Kũmatha recently hosting a really lovely community feast and music session on their allotment (see photo). The latest groups to join us are Edinburgh & Lothians Regional Equalities Council (ELREC) who work for the promotion of equality for all and to combat prejudice in Edinburgh, She Scotlandwho work to empower women and girls in Edinburgh and beyond, and the third new group came out of the two Introduction to Food Growing Courses that we ran, with participants from both courses combining forces to share a plot.

These are probably the final groups to start a plot this year, as we come towards the end of the main sowing and planting season. We will make an announcement toward the end of the year about when and how new groups can join us for next season.

Grow Your Own Courses
In our first year, we also ran two very popular Introduction to Growing Your Own Food courses. On 28th July, we completed the second of these with a tour of the market garden and a truly delicious harvest meal. There was a lot of positive feedback from participants, so we will run more of these courses next year.

Drop-in Volunteering
Our community has extended beyond the established plot holders with our regular drop-in volunteering sessions. These are a great way to learn to grow your own food, (or practice your skills) and to help grow food for the local community - and you get to take home a bit of the harvest at the end of the session. 
Volunteer sessions are Tuesdays 4-6:30pm and Thursdays 1-3pm. 

For more information about anything to do with the community allotments and garden contact Lisa: communityallotments@lauristonfarm.org

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