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August Newsletter
Welcome to the first Edible Edinburgh newsletter. Edible Edinburgh is a cross-sector, city-wide partnership that aims to inspire and motivate everyone across Edinburgh to work together to build new approaches to food.
Our vision: Edinburgh is a city where good food is available and accessible for all, making for healthy people, thriving communities and a sustainable environment.
Edinburgh's local response to Covid-19.
Edible Edinburgh have prepared a case study highlighting Edinburgh’s local response to Covid-19. Many of our partners have been involved in coordinating the city’s local food response and working with the formal partnership between EVOC and the City of Edinburgh Council to provide and distribute food and other essential items to vulnerable citizens. You can read the full case study here.
Sustainable Food Places Award: Bronze to Silver
Iain Stewart (former CEO, Edinburgh Community Food), Lesley Curtis (Edinburgh Sustainable Food Places Coordinator), Councillor George Gordon (Chair of Edible Edinburgh) and Pat Abel (Chair of Transition Edinburgh South) receiving the Sustainable Food Cities Bronze Award in 2019, on behalf of the city of Edinburgh. 
The city of Edinburgh achieved the Sustainable Food Cities (since rebranded as Sustainable Food Places) Bronze Award in June 2019. The award is a fantastic achievement and recognises Edinburgh as a city of good quality, sustainable, fair and local food. The awards are open to any place which is a member of the Sustainable Food Places network and implementing an action plan on healthy and sustainable food. To achieve the Sustainable Food Places Silver accreditation the partnership will need to build progressively upon the existing food-related activity and achievements already happening in the city and refresh the Edinburgh Sustainable Food City Plan. Edible Edinburgh partners will help to instigate, drive and connect this activity. We really hope that you are beside us in continuing to work towards Edinburgh becoming a truly sustainable food city. If you are interested in contributing to the Silver Award application please get in touch.
Sustainable Fish Cities is coming to Edinburgh
Edible Edinburgh are delighted to be working with Open Seas to deliver the nationally recognised Sustainable Fish Cities campaign here in Edinburgh. Sustainable Fish Cities is an initiative conceived and supported by an alliance of not-for-profit organisations already working on sustainable seafood issues, coordinated by Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming. By teaming up with Open Seas, Edible Edinburgh will work towards enabling local, sustainable seafood to become more accessible within the city. The Edinburgh Sustainable Fish Cities campaign aims to build relationships between traceable, sustainable suppliers and their local communities to support the positive effects of shortening the supply chain. More details of the campaign in Edinburgh will be made available over the coming months.
Have you signed the Good Food Business Charter?
Edible Edinburgh held its first business breakfast event in November 2019, hosted by the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. The event saw the launch of a new Good Food Business Charter. Businesses were given the opportunity on the day to sign the new business charter, demonstrating their support and commitment to sustainable food within the city. A second event was held in March 2020, supported by Nourish Scotland, which included roundtable discussions on specific business opportunities the Good Food Nation Bill could bring. If your business, charity, community group or organisation wants to see good food for all in Edinburgh, please sign up to the business charter and show everyone your commitment to ensure Edinburgh is a vibrant, prosperous and diverse food economy.
New Edible Edinburgh Working Groups
Edible Edinburgh have recently undergone a period of review, in light of Covid-19 and as the partnership works towards achieving the Sustainable Food Places Silver Award. This has resulted in the restructuring of its working groups. The partnership has established three core working groups; Health, Economy and Sustainability, to deliver the aims of Edinburgh's Sustainable Food City Plan. If you are already committed to the vision and aims of Edible Edinburgh, and would like to find out about how to actively support us, please contact the partnership coordinator. lesley.curtis@edinburghcommunityfood.org.uk
Edinburgh Farmers Market

We are pleased to announce that Edinburgh Farmers Market is now a Stallholders Cooperative. Saturday 8th August was the first market under co-op management! Changes have already been made and feedback from customers has been very positive. There are now stalls with entries and exits at both ends of the market. There is plenty of space for people to physically distance while perusing the stalls and everyone is free to meander back and forth as they choose. Step by step the plan is to get the market back to normal and from there, drive it forward with the enthusiasm and vision of all the stallholders and customers.

 

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