Jobs boost at Fife Diet

21/04/09, TSPL, Scotsman,Green issues case study. Mike and Karen Small who have promoted the Fife diet, encouraging Fifers to buy locaL produce. They are seen here at their home in Burntisland pic Ian Rutherford
21/04/09, TSPL, Scotsman,Green issues case study. Mike and Karen Small who have promoted the Fife diet, encouraging Fifers to buy locaL produce. They are seen here at their home in Burntisland pic Ian Rutherford
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MORE jobs are to be created at a Burntisland-based food project thanks to a major cash boost.

The award-winning Fife Diet - described as Europe’s largest local food project - has announced it is to expand significantly this year after receiving a Scottish Government grant.

The funding of £210,000 - from the Climate Challenge Fund - will allow the creation of three new staff positions - adding to the team - at their Burntisland office.

Founder Mike Small said: “It’s fantastic news, allowing us to expand our work into schools and communities across Fife in the year ahead.

“It’s not just about creating jobs with us, it’s about maintaining jobs amongst the many great food producers across Fife and moving towards a more localised and low-carbon food system. We are absolutely delighted.

“You can see projects like ours across Scotland now - we are one part of a much wider local food movement as people realise the need to move rapidly to a low carbon economy.”

Simon Pepper, (OBE) CCF grants panel chairman, said: “These exciting projects illustrate the high level of commitment to tackling climate change in communities throughout Scotland. They show just how strongly people feel and how keen they are to make a difference in their own locality. Their example is simply inspirational.”

Amongst the plans for the coming year, Fife Diet aims to:

Greatly grow and extend towards mass membership

Support the local economy by working more closely with local producers

Host a series of large-scale ‘special events’

Establish four volunteer-led branches (in North, South, East, West of the region)

Plan and deliver a brand new series of practical Make & Taste workshops around cooking with fresh, local, seasonal produce held in community kitchens  across Fife.

Publish four brand new publications, online and in print

All new members to receive individual carbon foodprint on joining

Send a teachers pack to all Fife primary school teachers linking with the new eco schools topic and supporting Curriculum for Excellence Health & Wellbeing

Regular community workdays and community education workshops at Broomhill Gardens, Burntisland

Document each event in partnership with Adam Smith College, Creative Technologies Dept by creating a digital film.