Family-friendly, hands-on sustainable food course called Leith Lunches, where we discuss how we can cut down on food waste and make more sustainable food choices
Reduce people’s detrimental impact on the environment (e.g. climate change) by modifying their interactions with food
Combat the consumer mentality and replace it with the mindset of responsible global citizen
Weaken the near-monopoly that agro-industry and large supermarkets have on the food chain
Reduce socio-economic inequality
Improve physical and mental health through dietary modification and building community
Series of interactive workshops, each focused on an aspect of food and the environment: shopping habits, composting and food waste
Built around shared meals acting as social lubricant and focus of discussion
Behaviour assessed by surveys, the results of which are fed back to participants using a social norms approach, thus reinforcing responsible behaviour
Summertime lunches are on the Croft so participants are surrounded by examples of people from a variety of backgrounds growing environmentally sound food together. This is, in itself, a social norms intervention.
Wider community of Leith
We are targeting people who live in Leith, and not any specific socioeconomic stratum or strata. This is because:
local businesses – we encourage attendees to shop locally
DEMAND/POSSIBLE BARRIERS TO PARTICIPATION
Having run the programme on four occasions, participants are now readily signing up. We have made it attractive through addressing some of the potential barriers to participation:
o time: running the courses at different times and days in different formats;
o childcare: children are welcome at all events and activities provided for them;
o money: the courses are free of charge;
o social pressure: by creating, in effect, a new mutually supportive community for and from those who attend the workshops, we hope to counteract pressures from wider society. This new community is the milieu in which we use the social norms methodology referred to in the Activities section.
MONITORING AND EVALUATION
change in food-related behaviour, calculated from pre- and post-course surveys of food-related behaviour, which will allow us to estimate carbon savings
participants invited to measure their food waste and to give feedback on the course
a ‘post-mortem’ (review) of every course to identify which elements worked and which didn’t and modification of the course as a result
Please get in touch for further information, or to book a place.