A Community Food Hub for Kirkcaldy

Posted on 24th January 2018 by Suzy Goodsir

Greener Kirkcaldy is developing plans for a Community Food Hub in Kirkcaldy, which will be a place for people to come together to grow, cook, eat and learn.

The Food Hub will offer training, volunteer and work experience opportunities; life-long learning around food production and preparation; community meals and engagement with our community on healthy, sustainable food. It will host a wide range of events, courses and workshops on all aspects of food and drink – plans include Beginners Breadmaking, Indian Vegetarian Cooking and Eating Well on a Budget. The Food Hub will also include a base for a food Coop promoting local seasonal produce, a pop-up community café, and could act as a distribution point for Kirkcaldy Food Bank.

The Food Hub project will be delivered across 2 sites, with a Community Kitchen in Kirkcaldy town centre and a Horticultural Training Centre at Ravenscraig Walled Garden in east Kirkcaldy. Find out more about the background to the Community Food Hub idea in our previous post how the idea came about.

 

Community Kitchen, Kirkcaldy Town Centre

Our new town centre building on East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy

We have now purchased town centre premises to house our Community Kitchen. The property, on Kirkcaldy’s East Fergus Place, was purchased with a grant from the Scottish Land Fund, a Scottish Government initiative which gives funding and support to help communities take ownership of land and buildings for projects to benefit local people.

We have also been awarded a capital grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Community Assets programme to refurbish the building and fit it out with a Community Kitchen, event space, and as a new base for Greener Kirkcaldy. Once complete, it will centre on a fully equipped training kitchen with 8 workstations, an event space, and a small kitchen garden growing fresh ingredients.The grant will also contribute to the Food Hub project’s initial running costs while we develop it as a social enterprise. We are currently working with our architect to finalise the plans for the building, and we hope to open its doors in autumn 2018.

An architect vision sketch of the town centre food hub

 

Horticultural Training Centre, Ravenscraig Walled Garden

Ravenscraig Walled Garden is already a thriving community asset, with individual allotments and plots for community groups managed by Kirkcaldy Community Gardens & Allotments, and our established community orchard.  We have recently created a new training garden and room there,  which will offer courses, training and volunteer opportunities in gardening and growing your own fruit and vegetables.

We’re also working with Kirkcaldy Community Gardens & Allotments and the site’s landlord, Fife Council, on longer-term plans for the development of Ravenscraig Walled Garden. The Garden is part of the historic landscape of Dysart House and Ravenscraig Park and is Common Good land, so we consulted stakeholders, including Fife Council’s Conservation Officer, and agreed to, first of all, develop a Masterplan for the site to ensure that its historic features are protected. We will update this page as the work develops and the Masterplan progresses. 

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