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Plans for new community food hub in Kirkcaldy

Town councillor Judy Hamilton, MSP Claire Baker and others discuss Greener Kirkcaldy's plans for a community food hub in the town

Town councillor Judy Hamilton, MSP Claire Baker and others discuss Greener Kirkcaldy's plans for a community food hub in the town

 

A local environmental charity has revealed plans to launch an exciting new project - a community food hub in the town.

Greener Kirkcaldy made the announcement at its first 
annual gathering which was held on January 25 in the Old Kirk.

The event saw the launch of the charity’s consultation on proposals for a community food hub in the town.

Around 40 people gathered to hear about the project’s home energy saving advice, upcoming cookery events and the exciting food growing projects around the town including the planting of an edible forest garden in Dunnikier Park.

Those at the event were invited to help shape the future of Greener Kirkcaldy as well as get involved with the formation of a community food hub in the town.

Inspired by all the community food growing projects and new allotments in Kirkcaldy – from the Kaleyard to Ravenscraig Walled Garden - the food hub idea is to create a place where folk can come together to grow, cook, eat and learn; with the aim of reconnecting people to where food comes from and increasing access to local food.

The site could include a community kitchen, chill store, workshops, space for social enterprises, education and training zone, and possibly a café.

A possible location for the hub is within Ravenscraig Walled Garden, an enclosed area within Ravenscraig Park where Kirkcaldy Community Gardens and Allotments have created a thriving community of allotments and a training area for schools and groups, and where the Greener Kirkcaldy Community Orchard is located.

Project manager Suzy Goodsir told The Press: “The next steps for the food hub proposals will be to consult the wider Kirkcaldy community – over the next few months we’ll be carrying out surveys, as well as talking in more detail to potential project partners.

“Several volunteers offered to help take the project forward, which we greatly appreciate.”

Local councillor Judy Hamilton believes a community food hub is a good idea: “The food hub is being consulted upon and we found on Saturday that we had a lot of suggestions coming forward for things like a food and veg co-op.

“It would be good to maybe involve other partners and local businesses in this as well.” She added: “The idea fits in with the whole health and well-being agenda. It is in the early stages but Greener Kirkcaldy gives a lot of good advice and it is the right people to be leading on this project.”

 

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