Edible Schoolyards - teaching children about food.
Our food is responsible for 1/4 of Scotland's carbon footprint (greenhouse gases). Leith Community Crops in Pots believe that the community has the power to change this.
Leading the way in tackling climate change, our junior Carboneers based in local schools (aged 2-18), are creating alternatives to mainstream food systems. It's an intergenerational approach, which harnesses the huge range of skills and knowledge within our community. Together, we find local solutions to global problems.
We encourage our Carboneers to consider ways to reduce our carbon 'food-print' through various community learning experiences, cinema nights and information sharing. Adults can also become urban farmers and support the development of our growing spaces, while developing key skills in organic food growing.
Growing our own organic produce is a great way to immediately reduce our carbon 'food-print'. In every school we are developing edible gardens, and increasing their biodiversity too. We support community composting in all our sites, and the children in particular enjoy watching the worms at work, and love to feed the 'ropy-pig' composters' too.
Just some of the schools we have been working with here!
We learn by growing organic fruit, vegetables and herbs. It's a fantastic way to develop your knowledge while getting fresh air and exercise too!
We are also working closely with the school and the children, composting much of the children's snack waste in the ropy-pig composters, and supporting them to become junior urban farmers.
Primary one pupils planting salad seeds as part of our climate change curricullum pilot in September 2014