Who produces our food, now and in the future? Join the Slow Food Youth Network Scotland for a Saturday afternoon and evening following food from soil to plate - at the amazing Whitmuir Farm, just south of Edinburgh.
This event is about connecting all of us who enjoy eating food with the people who are passionate about producing it. Young farmers and producers will be in the spotlight - and we’re excited to be bringing perspectives from Scotland, the US and the Netherlands!
A local food revolution is well underway in Scotland. We’re seeing more small farms and market gardens, more farmers’ markets and more urban food growing. Micro-breweries, community bakeries and other small, innovative producers are rapidly changing the Scottish larder. Small producers tend to take better care of people and the environment and create more and more meaningful employment - but it’s not always easy to make a living from local food.
Through farm tours, thought-provoking talks, and conversations we’ll explore how we can create closer connections between citizens and producers in Scotland.
At the event you'll meet aspiring, new and experienced farmers from all over Scotland and beyond, as well as pioneering retailers, chefs and activists working to change the food system. The day will close with a delicious, local and organic dinner, cooked up by The Edinburgh Larder!
Whitmuir brisket pastrami with carrot and beetroot relish, wild leek crime fraiche
Grilled wild leeks and celeriac, fermented beetroot yoghurt, cracked oat and kale tabbouleh, hazelnuts
Sweet cicely barely pudding with stewed rhubarb and streusel
Seasonal fruit with cinnamon ice cream
Pete Ritchie & Heather Anderson - current owners of Whitmuir Organics. Pete Ritchie is also the director of Nourish Scotland.
Severine von Tscharner Fleming - Severine is a farmer, activist, and organiser based in the Champlain Valley of New York. She is founder and director of The Greenhorns, a grassroots cultural organization which supports the growing movement of young farmers America. You can read more about Severine here.
The Youth Food Academy - The Youth Food Movement, the Dutch branch of the Slow Food Youth Network, has been running their Youth Food Academy since 2009. Every year, 25 young people are selected for the Academy from the varied spectrum of the food system in the Netherlands, from farmers to fishermen to social entrepreneurs. A core part of the Academy is also a international study trip and this year, they decided to visit bonnie Scotland.
Bryde Marshall, Falkland Kitchen Farm, Fife - Bryde and her partner Nat started their wee farm in 2014 as part of the Falkland Estate’s New Farmer Scheme. They're growing veg and keep bees.
The Food Assembly - The Food Assembly brings together people to buy fresh food directly from local farmers and foodmakers. Edinburgh and Glasgow recently joined more than 700 Assemblies all over Europe!
This event is organised by the Slow Food Youth Network Scotland, with support from Nourish Scotland. Registration for the afternoon sessions is available via Eventbrite and bookings for the evening meal directly through The Edinburgh Larder. The public event starts at 4pm at Whitmuir. We will have return places available on our minibus from 3pm in central Edinburgh at a cost of £2 per person. Please email email@example.com to reserve a place on the bus.
SFYN Scotland will be collaborating with Scran Salon on Thursday 7th April, a monthly shindig which brings together people with a love of food. This is a great opportunity to meet and share experiences with our YFM visitors from the Netherlands. It is free to attend, but please do register on Scran's eventbrite page so we can gauge numbers.
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What is the Slow Food Youth Network?
The Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) is an international network of young people who bring about changes in the field of food production and consumption. It was founded by a number of enthusiastic and motivated young people with a passion for good, clean and fair food, and with an interest in sustainability issues.
We are the world's future leaders, entrepreneurs, farmers and consumers. The Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) was founded to make youth familiar with Slow Food's philosophy that says that all food should be Good, Clean and Fair. This means that food should be prepared with care and respect, grown as sustainable as possible and that the farmers and producers should get a fair wage.
SFYN raises awareness among young citizens and consumers to encourage and mobilize them in making responsible choices. It wants them to take part in the public debate about current issues, such as how to feed the world, what to do about food waste, and how to produce food as sustainable as possible.
Slow Food Youth Network Scotland's Eat In at the Royal Mile, where we invited passers by to join and discuss what food meant to them.