Food is a topic close to the hearts of many and Transition Black Isle is no exception.
As well as tantalising the tastebuds, fresh, local produce is good for happiness, our own health and that of the planet.
A vast proportion of what people eat is transported hundreds or thousands of miles by truck, train, ship and plane, causing massive emissions of greenhouse gases, which are causing dangerous climate change.
Taking strawberries in December or air-freighted sugar snap peas from Asia for granted doesn't make a lot of sense.
The Black Isle is a fertile area, perfect for growing a broad range of crops and rearing poultry and livestock. Supporting local producers boosts the local economy - and, crucially, the closer the food is from source to plate, the better it tastes! Growing and eating locally is satisfying, tasty and fun. And being in tune with the turning of the seasons means there's always something different on the horizon to look forward to.
Transition Black Isle's food group kicked off with two flagship projects in 2010, thanks to funding from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund. Grow North and the Highland Food Challenge helped householders across the Black Isle savour a greater proportion of local food and cut their carbon footprints.
We have set up two community gardens and continue to run workshops, talks and other events - see the calendar for details of the latest. The drop-down menu on the Food tab at the top of the page offers some links to projects and resources.
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