Food case studies

Learn more about Climate Challenge Fund projects involving food through video features and downloadable case studies.

The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) has supported projects involving food. These projects aim to reduce carbon emissions associated with food by encouraging the growing and consumption of local food. CCF projects also work to reduce food waste in their communities as well as encouraging composting of unavoidable food waste.

You can view video features and downloadable case studies of CCF projects involving food below.

The Polycrub

Grants from the CCF in 2008 and 2009 enabled Northmavine Community Development Company (NCDC), Shetland to design and install of a network of weatherproof Polytunnels, meeting community demand to grow local produce. Rebranded as Polycrubs, these robust structures have since been sold across Scotland and internationally by NCDC's trading arm nortenergy Ltd, who won the Shetland Environmental Award for green credentials displayed. Further investment has been secured from Highlands and Islands Enterprise to expand the Polycrub business.

Blackhill's Growing

St Paul's Youth Forum are helping the community of Blackhill to reduce their carbon emissions through their Blackhill's Growing, Cycling and Cooking project. We were pleased to hear more about the project from Mel Hall and Joe Lowitt when they presented at the 2018 Climate Challenge Fund Food Gathering held at the Ecology Centre, Fife.

Sharing Skills - Low Carbon Living

Sharing Skills - Low Carbon Living was a project run by The Ecology Centre in Kinghorn to create a Tool Share scheme and refurbish unwanted gardening tools. The project is also offered the local community the chance to take part in a growing and cooking education programme, based around the current community growing space. The project aimed to build understanding of climate change and what action can be taken locally to help tackle it.

Growing Our Future

Moo Food Community Interest Company run the Growing Our Future project in Muir of Ord, near Inverness. The project is helping the community to choose lower carbon food and reduce food waste being landfilled. Project activities an increase in local growing space with Tarradale Primary School turning their school garden into a food production area, plus food waste and composting workshops.

Grow to Eat

You Can Cook produced a film to celebrate the achievements of their Grow to Eat project, which was awarded a grant from the CCF in 2016. The project aimed to reduce local carbon emissions by increasing the amount of locally grown produce. It also offered support to help Innerleithen and the surrounding areas learn how to grow and cook local, seasonal produce and reduce food waste.

South Seeds

South Seeds is a community-led organisation based in the south of Glasgow. They have been awarded multiple CCF grants for projects that include actively supporting residents to grow local food and reduce food waste.

Downloadable case studies:

Development of the Polycrub, a project run by Northmavine Community Development Company, Shetland. CCF grants enabled Northmavine Community Development Company to design and install of a network of ‘weather proof’ polytunnels - meeting community demand to grow local produce. Rebranded as ‘polycrubs’ these structures have since been used across Shetland, in the Western Isles and beyond.

Let’s Cook, Grow and Sew Together - West of Scotland Regional Equality Council were awarded a CCF grant to help ethnic minority communities across the West of Scotland to increase home energy efficiency, grow local produce and reduce the amount of food and household items being sent to landfill.

Horshader Community Growing Project, run by Horshader Community Development, Western Isles. Horshader Community Development was awarded a CCF grant to work in partnership with Western Isles Council and run the Horshader Community Growing Project (HCGP). The project helped reduce local carbon emissions and meet both community and Local Authority objectives.

Shettleston Community Growing Project, run by Shettleston Housing Association, Glasgow. A resident-led initiative to grow food locally and improve diets, while raising awareness of food miles, food waste, recycling and energy consumption.

Black and Green, run by The Whitmuir Initiative at Lamancha in the Scottish Borders, received a CCF grant for an innovative pilot project to turn woody waste into a useful product that supports local community growing.



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