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.
TBI director Vanessa Halhead has drawn attention to this Worldwatch article about how Cuba has transformed its Agricultural in a small-scale and sustainable way since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
"Four Important Lessons from Cuba’s Urban Food Survival Strategy"
The Black Isle
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. Our Local Larder food guide gives you an idea of the range of local food available. We are in the process of updating this information, so please check before you go.
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.
The Fife Diet was an ambitious healthy and local growing and eating project run in Fife over several years. The culmination of its work was the production of a wonderful growing, cooking and eating 'calendar', not relating to any particular year, offering a wealth of help, advice and recipes for healthy eating month by month. It has been made available online, but via a publishing system which makes it very difficult to read. There may also be browser issues - Chrome seems to handle it better than Firefox.
Try this link to get at least an overall impression. There is a zoom control at bottom left, and a more useful full-screen control at bottom right. When in full screen use keyboard left and right arrows to turn the pages.
Here are links to two community growing schemes in the north of England
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