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Gorgie City Farm in Edinburgh is 30 years old

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170,000 people visit ever year because Gorgie City Farm is simply a great day out.

By Stephen Jardine
The Scotman
June 10, 2016

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What is perhaps most valuable is the connection it provides to life outside the city. Last year a survey of 1,000 primary schoolchildren for the food and farming campaign group Leaf showed one in three couldn’t identify the sounds made by cows and sheep and one in five didn’t know bacon came from pigs.

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June 16, 2016   Comments Off on Gorgie City Farm in Edinburgh is 30 years old

What about a Father’s Day gift that will put food on the table? An Allotment!

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I did used to have a whisky optic in my allotment shed, useful when it was cold and handy for sterilising my secateurs, but probably not the healthiest idea, although it does explain why I was always happy up there!

By Ali Marshall
Torquay Herald Express
June 15, 2016

Excerpt:

The allotment feels like a quintessentially British idea, although I’m sure other countries have their own versions, with its measurements in rods (10 rods, the average size of an allotment, is about 250m2) and its linkage to our social history.

The idea can be traced right back to Anglo-Saxon times, when the trees that covered our landscape were cleared away and the land first shared out, or ‘allotted’.

From the Tudor period onwards allotments became a political and social issue, a symbol of the rebellion of peasants against wealthy landowners enclosing land.

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June 16, 2016   Comments Off on What about a Father’s Day gift that will put food on the table? An Allotment!