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February Newsletter
Welcome to the 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.
Edible Edinburgh Food Network Event
On 16th February the Edible Edinburgh partnership hosted its first citywide food network event online. Guest speakers Danni Rochman from Bristol Food Network and Vic Borrill from Brighton and Hove Food Partnership gave inspirational and insightful presentations on how they are driving good food work in their local areas. This was followed by smaller discussion groups focusing on the challenges and opportunities in Edinburgh to put good food at the heart of the city's green recovery. This event was the first in a series of citywide food network events Edible Edinburgh are planning this year. Keep an eye on the Edible Edinburgh food events webpage for future updates.
New Local Food Partnerships in Scotland join the
Sustainable Food Places Network
Following a recent round of development grants from Sustainable Food Places (SFP), five new Scottish food partnerships have been awarded 6-month grants to strengthen and expand their existing work. Edible Edinburgh are pleased to welcome Clackmannanshire, Dundee, Dumfries & Galloway, Fife and Highlands to the SFP community in Scotland, which already includes Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Stirling and North Ayrshire.  All SFP network members use the SFP framework to bring together actors across the food environment to create local, sustainable food systems that benefit both citizens and planet. The new members also have active support from their local authority. This follows a recognition of the key role local authorities have in decisions around school food, food insecurity and growing spaces. Edible Edinburgh are looking forward to working with and supporting the growing SPF network in Scotland as it continues to develop.
Save the Date!
Edible Edinburgh Business Breakfast Tuesday 23 March, 8.00-9.00am
Edible Edinburgh will be hosting its third business breakfast event on Tuesday 23 March, 8.00-9.00am, please keep the date free in your diaries. This event will be hosted virtually and attendees will have the option to be provided with a nutritious, locally sourced and sustainably delivered breakfast, directly to their door, supplied by Edinburgh Food Social and partners. The full schedule of guest speakers will be announced very soon. Keep an eye on the Edible Edinburgh food events webpage for updates.
Fairtrade Fortnight, 22 February - 7 March
Edinburgh has held Fairtrade City status since 2004. This year Fairtrade fortnight is taking place from Monday 22 February to Friday 7 March 2021 with a theme of climate change and the impact it has on the most vulnerable communities.  You can get involved by joining the free online festival of talks and interactive workshops from the Fairtrade Foundation - sign up here. The University of Edinburgh are also hosting an online event on Wednesday 24th 3.30-4.45pm that will examine how the Fairtrade system is addressing the challenges that climate change brings to workers in the Global South. More information and registration details can be found here.
Free Love Food Hate Waste Workshops from Changeworks

Changeworks now delivers Love Food Hate Waste workshops online. These free workshops are available to businesses or community groups in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Scottish Borders, Fife and the Highlands and Islands. The hour long workshop highlights the scale and impact of food waste on the environment and our wallets. The practical advice given helps employees prevent food waste and avoid wasting money. 

Love Food Hate Waste workshops are tailored to the needs of each organisation and offer benefits to staff and employees alike. Funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland and the Energy Saving Trust, they are completely free of charge. Attendees will learn how to save up to £437 a year while helping tackle the climate emergency, plus they'll have the chance to enter a prize draw to win a £100 voucher. If you’re interested in finding out more and booking a Love Food Hate Waste workshop for your organisation, please email

Spring into Action Webinar - 24 February 10.00-11.30am
An event to launch Good to Grow Day 2021, 23-26 April

To mark the launch of this year's Good to Grow day Sustain are hosting a  Spring into Action webinar on Wednesday 24th February 10.00-11.30-am, a networking opportunity for community gardens and growing networks. The session will cover engaging young people, keeping communities connected, employment and training pathways and welcoming diversity. The webinar will also run through the plan for both virtual and physical celebrations for the Good to Grow days of action happening on 23-26 April. You'll be able to access a toolkit of resources, including, Covid-safe signage, event planning, ideas for sessions, social media toolkit and much more. Register for the webinar here. 

Veg Power Campaign Update
The Eat Them to Defeat Them campaign has been postponed until June 2021. The education initiative from Veg Power and ITV to get children to eat more vegetables has been postponed to June due to school closures. If you are a primary school, a school which caters for children with special educational needs or a community group running healthy eating programmes or holiday activities and you would like to take part, get in touch with the Veg Power team to register your interest.
Scottish Food Coalition: Election Workshops

The Scottish Food Coalition and Good Food Nation Ambassadors are hosting a virtual workshop for anyone interested in learning more about the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary Elections (taking place on Thursday 6th May) and supporting the campaign for a healthier, fairer and more sustainable future for our food system. The workshop is taking place on two dates, 25th February 5.30-7.30pm and 27th February 10.00-11.30am. Join the workshop to learn about the elections, find out how you can help call for change in our food system, and receive training about how to engage with Scottish Parliamentary candidates. Further information and registration details can be found here.

Foundation Scotland Response, Recovery, Resilience Fund
Foundation Scotland's Response, Recovery and Resilience fund has been created to support local charities and grassroots organisations across Scotland to help them respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and recover from the impact. Immediate funding of between £1,000 and £5,000 is available to support constituted community groups and charities that are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in their local community. More information is available here.
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