One of the goals of Planet Sutherland is to improve the area’s food resilience. Our Grow Food Sutherland Project explores what we can do to grow more food locally. To achieve that, we organised a series of discussions where folks could chat about how we can resolve this problem. We looked at both community growing and Community Supported Agriculture amongst other topics. The Highland Good Food Conversation (HGFC), to a large extent, has replaced the need for this project, and we have been significantly involve in the HGFC project. However, we continue with various ventures which you can read about here.
We held some meetings and chatted with various folks. It seems feasible to grow more individually, but many potential benefits could be gained from working together, such as sharing the planting, weeding and harvesting work. All in all reducing the amount of individual work needed and having more fun too.
It seems obvious that growing more food locally will help in many ways: reducing food miles, helping us eat more healthy food and reducing costs. It would also help us be more prepared for the food supply issues that will surely arise as a result of climate change and future pandemics. But should we all grow food in our own gardens, or have community allotments / poly tunnels or should communities work with farmers and crofters to grow more fruit and veg to sell locally?
Back in February (2020), we organised a local discussion on the obstacles to growing more of our own food. Our report provided collective feedback to the Highland Council Grow Your Own project. More recently we had a discussion with Community Supported Agriculture, UK about what they do and how they could help us devise a growing strategy. We’ve also been chatting with Peas Please about how they can help and are actively working with their Veg Advocates Initiative.
You can read the summary reports from these meetings here:
Read on for more information on local food projects: