Nourish Scotland

Scotland's Sustainable Local Food Network

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We hope you enjoy using this site to network and connect to others who are interested in sustainable and local food. Do invite other local food activists and food groups to join up!

Once you have joined you can take part in four ways:

  1. have your say on the discussions forum - there are four categories to choose from
  2. join a group of people with similar interests or who are local to you
  3. post your events in the events listing
  4. share your wants and offers in the blog posts section

If you want to tell others about yourself in more detail consider updating your profile

And if you have photos or videos you can upload those too. More...


The Declaration of Dunbar

We are working towards a sustainable Scotland in which, in every region we produce more of what we eat and eat more of what we produce.

We believe a more localised food system would be better for the environment, health, community and economy of our country. We are building a movement to create a food system that is:

  • Locally based with shorter supply chains
  • Promotes and respects seasonality
  • Resilient
  • Fair and accessible to all
  • Creates and maintains a sustainable livelihood for producers

These steps are essential in order to ensure a fairer more equitable food system appropriate for a low carbon economy.


Seed saving

Started by Grainne Kennedy in Change local food economies. Last reply by Bute Produce Dec 15, 2014. 8 Replies

Urban Growing and Food System Case Studies

Started by Allison Palenske in Change local food economies. Last reply by Allison Palenske Nov 3, 2014. 4 Replies

Excess Apples

Started by David Hopkins in Uncategorized. Last reply by Fergus Walker Oct 28, 2014. 5 Replies

Blog Posts

Marginal Lands Project

Posted by Dr. Dorian Speakman on May 11, 2015 at 15:23 0 Comments

Call for Participants in Scotland

Recent years have seen Britain battered by a combination of extreme weather events which has had serious impacts on the farming community, not least with global weather events affecting…


Come share your skills, expertise, art, performance & creativity @ NonStuff festival

Posted by Tracey Hay on May 4, 2015 at 21:41 0 Comments

NonStuff festival 2015 ***Closing Date 8th May*** for workshop facilitators, performers & volunteers. If you haven't filled in the form already, you still have time to get your ideas to us.

Online application:…


Portobello Market, Saturday 2nd May

Posted by Portobello Market on April 22, 2015 at 17:51 0 Comments

It seems just a few days since the last Portobello Market in Easter. Here it is again on Saturday 2nd May.

26 traders joining us in May. There's a…


Exciting opportunity at Whitmuir

Posted by pete ritchie on March 28, 2015 at 7:11 0 Comments

We're recruiting for a project manager for the new CCF-funded 'Circular Economy of Food' project.  You'll be responsible for a team of 3 staff to work with the community and the two local primary schools to: 

develop a local food waste…


Portobello Market at Easter

Posted by Portobello Market on March 26, 2015 at 14:17 0 Comments

It's Easter at the hugely popular Portobello Market, a local community run Farmers market in the heart of Edinburgh's seaside town, Portobello, just off Brighton Place

Come and join us…


Nourish event Scottish Parliament - Why agroecology should be at the heart of Scotland’s food and biodiversity policies

Posted by Nourish Scotland on February 25, 2015 at 11:00 1 Comment

On 19th February, Nourish organised a lunchtime seminar in the Scottish Parliament on ‘Agroecology – linking food and environment’. It was part of Scottish…


'Local produce' drive launched by Scottish Governement

Posted by Nourish Scotland on February 17, 2015 at 11:22 0 Comments

On 10th February, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead announced new initiatives to boost local produce.

Lochhead is urging food retailers to do some…


Let them eat leftover cake

Posted by Matilda Scharsach on February 16, 2015 at 19:00 0 Comments

Shelagh Young, Board Member of Nourish, has written some powerful words about the community supermarkets model proposed by Demos: 

Food poverty blogger and cookery writer Jack…


Vacancies at new local food initiative in Stirlingshire

Posted by Nourish Scotland on February 11, 2015 at 12:14 0 Comments

Forth Environment Link is looking for a dynamic team to deliver an exciting new local food initiative in Stirlingshire. The project will help local communities and food producers take more control over the food they produce, grow, cook and eat.…

On the breadline

Posted by pete ritchie on February 4, 2015 at 23:44 0 Comments

Monday's morning call this week asked if shoppers would pay more for Scottish produce, with both dairy farmers and potato farmers having a very hard time just now.  The conversation was along the lines of 'can people afford to do anything except…



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Latest Activity

Profile IconKaterina Psarikidou and Jayne Ashley joined Nourish Scotland
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Dr. Dorian Speakman commented on LES BATES's group Orchards & Fruit Group
"Marginal Lands Project  - Innovations in Climate Resilience I am looking for participants…"
May 19
Steph Davies is now a member of Nourish Scotland
May 15
Dr. Dorian Speakman joined LES BATES's group

Orchards & Fruit Group

a group to link members of Nourish interested in orchards, \ forest gardens\Wild foods.
May 13
Kirsteen Niven is now a member of Nourish Scotland
May 12
Dr. Dorian Speakman posted a blog post

Marginal Lands Project

Call for Participants in ScotlandRecent years have seen Britain battered by a combination of…See More
May 11
Dr. Dorian Speakman commented on Dr. Dorian Speakman's album

Marginal Lands

"Photos of fruit and vegetable growing on a Permaculture Farm, at 380 metres above sea level, in the…"
May 11
Dr. Dorian Speakman updated their profile
May 11
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May 11
Profile Iconvinnie kavanagh, A Rahman, Sarah O'Neill and 1 more joined Nourish Scotland
May 6
Tracey Hay posted a blog post

Come share your skills, expertise, art, performance & creativity @ NonStuff festival

NonStuff festival 2015 ***Closing Date 8th May*** for workshop facilitators, performers &…See More
May 4

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