Local Food


Forest Gardening Workshop, 12th October 2013

As part of the CWA Enterprising Woods Highland project, CWA and Ullapool Community Trust worked in partnership to deliver a practical workshop on Forest Gardening. The workshop was run by Emma Planterose Magenta at the off-grid forest base of the founders of Reforesting Scotland in Leckmelm Wood near Ullapool.

This workshop built on the Growing and Harvesting Food in Community Woods seminar held at Torridon, April 2013 (the seminar report is available at www.communitywoods.org/about-documents.php and scroll down).

Focusing on forest gardening techniques the workshop shared information through practical involvement and encouraged sharing of experiences. During the day attendees experience building a Hugel bed and exploring the many aspects of forest gardening. The day also covered seed saving/collecting, soil building, water, tools, infrastructure and animals. Attendees were also shown establish and manage a forest garden site whilst examining the well-established, diverse site at Leckmelm Wood.

Saturday 24th August – Local Food Cook-In with Meet and Two Veg at Ullapool High School

Meet and Two Veg is a social enterprise based in London that combats social isolation by encouraging people to connect through sharing home-made food and food stories.  They’ve received funding from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to collect food stories from people in the Ullapool and Lochbroom area and use these to inspire a small drama event, to be held in the village in late September 2013.  While in Ullapool in August 2013 they ran a workshop on cooking and food preparation using local ingredients.  Ullapool Community Trust helped them publicise the event.

The workshop was a huge success.  Around 10 people came along and enjoyed chatting and learning while they cooked courgette fritters, marrow chutney, sweet chilli sauce, sorrel sauce and broad beans with chorizo.  There was plenty of chutney to take home, along with the recipes for all the dishes.

Another event is planned for late September 2013 – watch this space!

Saturday 10th August – The Seed Truck Tour and Local Food Event in the Pier Marquee

Ullapool Community Trust hosted a visit from the Fife Diet’s Seed Truck and laid on an associated local food extravaganza in the Pier Marquee on Saturday 10th August.

Over 400 visitors throughout the day were treated to samples of homemade cordial and breads, watched butter being made and tasted freshly hot-smoked local mackerel and herring.  Information was available on beekeeping, safe foraging for herbs and plants, and on food carbon emissions through the novel medium of an interactive card game devised by Laura Traynor from Ullapool Community Trust.

Up on the grassy area next to the Seaforth, Mrs Mash from the Seed Truck entertained young and old with her traditional storytelling, each story with a foodie twist.  There was information on seed saving, as well as heritage seeds to take away and use at home, while the Seed Truck’s famous bicycle-powered flour mill proved a big hit.

Thanks to Kevin Peach, Ullapool Harbour Trust, for allowing us to use the Pier Marquee; Edel Walsh for all her organisation skills; the fishermen who supplied the fish; the pier staff for filleting the fish and especially Kenny and Brian for shifting furniture and all their other help.  Many thanks too to everyone who brought food skills and expertise to share in the Pier Marquee; the Seed Truck team; everyone who provided food for the swap, and all those visitors and locals who came along.  An interesting and stimulating house ceilidh was also held on Friday evening:  thanks to the Ceilidh Place for the venue and their support.

More information about the Seed Truck can be found at www.fifediet.co.uk/seedtruck.  Or go to the UCT Facebook page for links to photos and reflections on the Seed Truck’s visit https://www.facebook.com/UllapoolCT