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

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…


Portobello Market, Saturday 7 February

Posted by Portobello Market on January 27, 2015 at 11:03 0 Comments

Did you miss us?

Portobello Market is back after a nice long Christmas break. All our regulars are raring to go together with quite a number of new faces. Check out the website for a…


what lies beneath

Posted by pete ritchie on January 22, 2015 at 13:56 0 Comments

60 marine scientists have signed an open letter to UK fisheries minister George Eustice urging him to support a European ban on bottom trawling in deep sea water (below 600m).  MPs Richard Benyon and Ben Bradshaw support the ban, which they say…



Posted by Matilda Scharsach on January 21, 2015 at 22:30 0 Comments

Ghergich and Co have produced a lovely infographic with images of e.g. how to make sure you don't waste food in your fridge.  Here's the link: …


Land worker vacancies at Pillars of Hercules Organic Farm, Fife

Posted by Dom M on January 21, 2015 at 12:29 0 Comments

Paid vacancies at Pillars of Hercules Organic Farm, Fife

We are seeking two skilled and motivated seasonal workers to work full-time (39hrs/wk) in all areas of farm activity for the 2015 growing season, early April – mid October. On-farm…



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Latest Activity

Profile IconLance Lloyd Bell and Alessia Mazzù joined Nourish Scotland
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Clare Flenley posted an event

Balerno Tattie Day at Balerno Parish Church Halls

March 14, 2015 from 9:30am to 1pm
Balerno Tattie Day at Balerno Parish Church Halls  is the perfect place to get very reasonably…See More
7 hours ago
Portobello Market posted an event

Portobello Market at Easter at Brighton Park

April 4, 2015 from 9:30am to 1:30pm
It's Easter at the hugely popular Portobello Market, a local community run Farmers market in the…See More
7 hours ago
Portobello Market posted a blog post

Portobello Market at Easter

It's Easter at the hugely popular Portobello Market, a local community run Farmers market in the…See More
7 hours ago
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Orchards & Fruit Group

a group to link members of Nourish interested in orchards, \ forest gardens\Wild foods.
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Local Food Network (Edinburgh)

This group is here to help all the food related groups in and around Edinburgh to connect.
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