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Community Outdoor Kitchen - all food free!

erin erin  •  2023-02-10  •  2 comments  •  The Edinburgh Community Climate Fund  • 

Community harvest meal at Lauriston Farm, in 2022
Community harvest meal at Lauriston Farm, in 2022

Investment project code: 29

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Lauriston Farm - Scotland's largest urban farm - would use this funding to build an outdoor community kitchen, where residents of the local area can cook and share fresh, locally grown food, in a communal setting. Not only will this put free, nutritious food in the hands of anyone who needs it, but our meals will offer an opportunity for folk to sit down and chat together, connecting with their neighbours over delicious grub.  

The kitchen itself will also be constructed with the community,  as part of the project. We plan to run:

- 10 workshops to teach building techniques and construct an earthen shelter using earth and straw. 

- 4 facilitator-led workshops to build the clay oven.

- 30 scheduled gatherings - held throughout the growing season - for communal cooking and eating.  

Our earthen construct will provide enough shelter even during poor weather, and we'll supply all the facilities required to cook and share meals, using food from our allotments, our thriving market garden and surplus from partner organisations in the area. From plot to plate, our shared meals result in zero food miles, contain no processed ingredients and a negligible carbon footprint!  

The community kitchen has been developed as an idea with the input of our allotment holders: not only to give them a space to socialise and eat after working hard in their gardens, but to extend that welcome - and their surplus produce - to the rest of the local community. In 2023 we'll be releasing more plots to local residents, so contact us through www.lauristonfarm.scot to express your interest! 



Location: Davidson Mains, Drylaw, Granton, Muirhouse, Pilton and Silverknowes

Proposed on behalf of: Lauriston Farm - Scotland’s largest urban farm, currently being developed in North West Edinburgh, for its communities.

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  • Published 2023-08-02

    2 new storage sheds built for the benefit of new plotholders (we have 31 active community plots now with a minimum of 3 households per plot)

  • Published 2023-08-29

    Our community led, earthen build kitchen is built with workshops planned for the fixtures, fittings and trimming

  • Published 2023-09-30

    15 workshops have been completed with at least 60 volunteers taking part

  • Published 2023-10-10

    22 events with food sharing have taken place - building anticipation for the new kitchen

  • Published 2023-12-22

    Project update published https://yourvoice.edinburgh.gov.uk/LauristonFarm