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.
Bring life and food into playgrounds
Reconnect children with food, seasons, health and heritage, and make connections between food and climate change
Offer alternative learning experiences in an outdoor classroom
Address childhood mental and physical health problems e.g. ‘nature deficit disorder’, obesity and Type I diabetes
Work with 6 schools
Weekly after school gardening clubs
Education sessions within school time, complementing Curriculum for Excellence
School trips to educational locations
Schools we are working with in Leith:
- Stanwell Nursery
- Leith Academy
- St Mary’s RC
- Leith Primary School
- Bun-sgoil Taobh na
- Pairce/Parkside Primary
Edible growing spaces in Leith:
Stanwell Nursery (89-99 Junction Place, Leith, EH6 5JA)
We meet in Stanwell Nursery on Thursday mornings between 9am -11am. Children and parents are invited to take part in our fun and friendly sessions. From composting to harvesting, toddlers to grandparents, the Stanwell edible organic gardens provide much needed space to learn, share and grow together.
Leith Primary School (St. Andrew Place, Leith, EH6 7EG)
Carboneers meet here on Wednesday mornings between 9am - 10.30am to work on the growing spaces. No previous experience is necessary together we 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.
If you would like to get involved, please contact Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org