This month, Peace and Justice News focuses on various food and agricultural initiatives that contribute to a sense of ‘community’ within and across Scottish communities. There are many such initiatives in Scotland but, unfortunately, we only have space to highlight a few of them! Due to the local focus for this edition, we invited writers from a range of backgrounds and organisations to contribute articles which highlight their varying fields of work and expertise.
Lusi Alderslowe, Forest School Leader, Permaculture Designer, Educator and Coordinator, has contributed an informative article on Permaculture networks across Scotland. She explains the basic concept of ‘permaculture,’ and offers advice on where people can take courses locally, in order to develop their own skills in this area.
Charlie Hanks is coordinator of The Real Junk Food Project in Edinburgh. Beginning with highlighting our broken system of food waste and poverty, Charlie goes on to describe this initiative with the motto ‘Let’s feed bellies, not bins,’ and the importance of food communities which are capable of moving food around until it’s gone.
In the first of a two-part series, Irina Erdmann highlights plastic waste in Germany, interviewing Björn Zacharias who is one of the founders of the ‘Glaskiste-natürlich unverpackt,’ a packaging-free shop in Germany. Next issue Irina will contribute a follow-up interview from the New Leaf Co-op here in Scotland.
Kristee Boyd profiles the Bridgend Farmhouse, a community- run project which grows food, runs a wide range of workshops and events and actively cultivates a sense of community while participants work towards common goals.
In Unsung Heroes, Kate Neven, writes about the Unsung Heroes of Yemen: Youth, women and community groups.
And in News from around the Movements, Brian Larkin discusses the issues faced by Water Protectors as Dakota Access Pipeline protests head into winter.