Blog: Culture

Seed & Tree Festival - participants' voices

Fergus Walker
4th March, 2016

Here's a great range of opinions on what was important to participants about the Seed and Tree Festival on the 6th February. The feedback we have had, and the ideas that we heard, have inspired us to keep going. We will be expanding our small voluntary team and we are cooking up  some further events for later in the summer and autumn. Thanks to our volunteer Robin for the film.

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Seed & Tree Festival: reflections

Fergus Walker
12th February, 2016

Well, what a day we had last Saturday – and a huge well done to everyone who helped make it happen – especially our partners in organising the event – Helping Britain Blossom. We were amazed at just how many people came – at least 150, including Nicola Sturgeon and her followers calling by. Here are some first reflections on the day.

It seems to me that we are witnessing a quiet cultural revival in...

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Seed & Tree Festival: what do we want to achieve?

Fergus Walker
5th February, 2016

Well, that has come round quick - the Seed and Tree Festival is happening tomorrow! We have well over 100 people coming, we have umpteen things happening, we have the First Minister stopping by - what a day it's going to be! You can download a PDF of the full programme here or at the bottom of the page.

I would like to lay out our hopes for what we can achieve off the back of this event. This event is all about diversity of seeds and trees that we can harvest for food, but it is about so...

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"Growing A Culture of Food Sovereignty" - podcast

Fergus Walker
15th August, 2015

In the last week of July Common Good Food hosted four talks and discussions at the Edinburgh Food Festival. If you missed the talk, or you want to listen again - now you can! This was our Friday talk, with the founders of CGF, Mags, Eva and Fergus, speaking about our work, with some good questions at the end.

 

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A tale of two countries

Eva Schonveld
26th May, 2015

Whichever side of the Border you live, it is the best of times for the haves, and the worst of times for the have-nots. But the two governments north and south have very different views about why this is happening and what to do about it. Since the Scottish Primavera, it’s not just policies which have diverged; increasingly, there is a different narrative and worldview north of the Border.

Take food: Holyrood’s resolutely anti-GM while Westminster wants farmers to have the choice to grow GM crops. Westminster’s overall approach to food policy is laissez-faire; while the Scottish...

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