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Food and Growing

Be inspired to grow, cook, eat and share local, seasonal, climate friendly food!

Growing food locally has a myriad of benefits, from nutrition to wellbeing to reduced environmental impact on our planet. Food brings us together, to grow, eat, share.

Our food system is one of the biggest contributors to climate change and has fuelled a biodiversity crisis on farmland and in our soils. Scotland imports 60% of its’ food. Around one third of all the food grown around the world is wasted. In Scotland that’s over half a million tonnes of food thrown away annually.

We aim to bring more locally grown food to our community and to promote skills to grow, share, store, prepare and value food and reduce food waste.

We want to grow more food.

kg of food grown at our Community Garden in 2023

If you would like to volunteer at our Community Garden, register here.

Eat local, eat seasonal, reduce waste.

Did you know that 30% of the world’s carbon footprint comes from the production and consumption of food? Not only that, but one third of all food produced is wasted! When we waste food, not only does the food break down and create harmful greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to a warming climate, but we also waste the energy and resources used to grow, create, store and transport that food. In response, the Scottish Government has committed to reducing all food waste by 33% by 2025, using the figure from 2013 as a baseline. That means we must reduce Kirrie’s food waste by 30 tonnes per year, from 2013 to 2025!

What are Sustainable Kirriemuir’s Food & Growing Aims?

  • Grow as much local, seasonal, climate-friendly food as we can for our community.
  • Provide opportunities for learning, skill-sharing and experiencing the benefits of growing food and gardening.
  • Inspire an appreciation for the value of food, especially local food, including preparation and storage skills, as well as reduced waste.
  • Promote access to locally grown food for our community.

What can you do to help us achieve this?

  • Volunteer at our Community Garden at St. Mary’s Field or at our community events like Kirriemuir Apple Day.
  • Share your skills and knowledge in food by becoming one of our community cooks!
  • Attending our food and growing themed workshops and events.
  • Telling your friends and family about us, and encouraging them to join in with our activities!
  • Shop local when you can, and try to reduce how much food you waste.
  • Try growing your own fruit and vegetables. Maybe you can plant an apple tree and grow your very own apples next year!

Where can you grow with Sustainable Kirriemuir?

Grow @ School

Grow @ School

Nourish supports 3 Kirrie schools to grow local nutritious food for local people, in their school playground gardens.

Grow @ St. Mary’s Field

Grow @ St. Mary’s Field

Everyone is welcome at The Kirriemuir Community Garden at St. Mary’s Field, come and help us grow.

Grow @ Home

Grow @ Home

Find out about our Get Set Grow 20-week programme. It’s perfect for beginners, why not give it a go!

In 2023 Sustainable Kirriemuir…

Grew 420kg of food at our Community Garden @ St. Mary’s Field.

An update from the SK Team…

We want to see if people get a taste for growing their own veg.

Emily, Sustainable Kirriemuir

A local parent

I’m so happy that my children have the opportunity to take part in gardening at school on a regular basis. It’s such an important part of their education in so many ways.

Anonymous, SK Supporter

Kirrie Food Hub volunteer

KFH volunteer

Anything we can get our hands on we’re going to fill with soil and grow things in it.

Kate, Kirriemuir Food Hub

Get in Touch

Together we can make good choices and live better, join Sustainable Kirriemuir!

If you would like to know more about what we are doing please get in touch. We are always looking for new members to join our organisation. If you have particular knowledge around climate change issues, or growing, making and mending skills you’d like to share, or just want to know more, we want to hear from you. Everyone is welcome, together we can make a difference.