On Saturday 18 June Cyrenians Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens opened its gates as part of the Power of Food Festival, a celebration of 16 community gardens around Edinburgh.  Over 200 people took part and had a great afternoon.   Stalls included Breadshare, Bread Matters, our own produce and plant stalls, tombola, and plant your own herbal tea bag by Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust.  There were also sessions by Edinburgh Community Yoga, children’s activities including a bug hunt, mass participation games, storytelling and some great music!  We made lots of good contacts and had a range of enquiries about volunteering. 

This is our first involvement in this event, and it was a very positive one. “The Power of Food Festival seeks to inspire the public to think differently about how we can use local green spaces, to reconsider our relationship with food, and to think of community food growing as a powerful force for social change – connecting people, building trust, doing something together that’s greater than the sum of the parts.”  More pictures and info available at The Power of Food Festival website/facebook page.

Cyrenians Food projects (Royal Edinburgh and Midlothian Community Gardens, Cyrenians Farm and Good Food) hosted the fourth in a series of food conversations on 29th June as part of the process of developing our Food Strategy.  This meeting titled ‘Something to eat, someone to eat with’ gathered over 60 people over a breakfast where we met, ate and talked about how we can best feed our neighbour and the stranger and so ourselves.