Food Communities is a social enterprise that promotes and facilitates the growing and distribution of truly local, non-packaged, organic food by the community for the community.
Food Communities social enterprise promotes and facilitates the growing, foraging, swapping, sharing and selling of our own food in our own local community. The food we champion, non-packaged food with the lowest possible food miles, 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 together efficiently, we can be eating our own sustainable food all year round. 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 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 food gardens.
We have taken on various areas of private land and converted them into productive gardens growing lots of organic fruit, veg and herbs without requiring any public funding or grants. We also help promote the community gardens of other community groups. We welcome new volunteers who are interested in helping out in our gardens and are always happy to talk to private landowners who are interested in us growing food on your land in return for free upkeep of your land and free produce.
Search our directory to source edible products from producers in and around The Scottish Borders. Products include bread, beer, whisky, oil, juice, pickles, jams, seasonings…. If you are a producer local to the Scottish Borders you can add your free listing to the directory.
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 edible products (e.g bread, beer, whisky, oil, juice, pickles, jams, seasonings…) from producers in and around The Scottish Borders.
• Read and contribute to our BLOG.
• Volunteer to help grow and harvest food in one of the FOOD 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.
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.