Food Communities is a framework to facilitate the pooling and sharing of information and resources by communities (knowledge, skills, tools, plants, seeds, materials, produce, etc) to grow, forage, preserve and cook more truly local food.
Food Communities is a volunteer-led social enterprise that promotes and facilitates the producing, foraging, swapping and sharing of our own food in our own local community all year round. The food we champion, truly local non-packaged food grown in harmony with nature, is potentially the freshest, tastiest, healthiest, most eco-friendly and most economical and our goal is to make it the norm. If communities pool our knowledge, time and resources and work efficiently, we can be eating our own food all year round for next to nothing and help protect our environment. Food Communities are led by the community for the community. We want as many people as possible to get involved and there are numerous ways to participate.
There is a network of free to join and use Food Community groups. Please join the main Facebook Group for your county where members share tips and information on everything and anything related to growing, foraging, preserving, preparing and storing food. Please also join the sub-group specific to your local area where you can swap and share your homegrown and foraged food, seeds, plants, tools, materials, skills, advice, recipes, etc, with your neighbours and get involved with your local community gardens.
Search our directory to source your food and drink from local growers, producers, swappers and sellers in and around The Scottish Borders. Categories include fruit, vegetables, oil, grains, drink, legumes, herbs…. If you are a grower, producer, swapper or seller local to the Scottish Borders you can add your free listing to the directory.
Food Communities have created various community gardens which we use to grow organic fruit and veg together and we also help promote community gardens of other community groups. We are always keen to welcome new volunteers to our community gardens and always happy to consider new projects. Free support is also available for communities to set up and grow their own community gardens. Please also consider donating seeds, seedlings, cuttings, plants, pots, compost, manure, pots, tools, materials, etc, to be used in our community gardens.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
• Join the FACEBOOK GROUPS for your county and local area. Learn more about growing, foraging, preserving, preparing, storing and cooking food and share your knowledge with others. Swap and share your homegrown and foraged food, seeds, plants, tools, materials, skills, recipes, etc, with your neighbours.
• Search our DIRECTORY to source your food and drink from local growers, producers, swappers and sellers in and around The Scottish Borders. If you are a grower, producer, swapper or seller local to the Scottish Borders you can add your free listing.
• Read and contribute to our BLOG.
• Come along to help grow food in one of the COMMUNITY GARDENS in your local area and consider donating seeds, seedlings, cuttings, plants, pots, compost, manure, pots, tools, materials, etc.
• BECOME A SUPPORTER of our cause by contributing a regular monthly payment or making a one-off donation.
• GET IN TOUCH to say HI. We would love to hear from you!
Are you concerned about the environmental damage caused by modern industrial agriculture such as soil degradation, biodiversity loss, and water pollution? Or about how local producers and distributors have been squeezed out by big chain stores, the greenhouse gases they emit transporting goods in and around the country, and the trail of plastic left in their wake? What about the uncertainty and impending food price hikes after Brexit? The solution is to get properly organised and grow, forage, preserve, store, swap and share our own food from our own gardens, allotments and countryside. Food Communities can provide the foundation and framework for a new food system where local communities are producing and distributing our own food all year round. If communities work together, with lots of people chipping in, and maximise our own land in our local areas, we can be enjoying fresher, healthier, tastier, more eco-friendly and sustainable, truly local food that also saves us money.