Nourish Conference 2019: Game Plan for a Good Food Nation

Nourish Conference 2019: Game Plan for a Good Food Nation

This year we sent our Shop Manager Morag and Volunteer Fiona to the Nourish Conference 2019. This is Fiona’s take on the event:

Volunteering at Dig In is a happy endeavour.

Greengrocering in a local community owned enterprise supporting local growers and producers serving friendly, interested customers is a delightful ‘location’ to be in our national food system. However, our food consumption and food systems are highly contested, in a state of enormous inequality and environmental dysfunction.

The Nourish Conference 2019 ‘Game Plan For A Good Food Nation’ brought together people from across Scotland and beyond from every nook and cranny of our food chain to share information, debate ideas and plan for a more equitable and sustainable food system in Scotland.

Firstly, it was warm, welcoming, exciting and … Nourishing! It was wonderful to meet with so many (over 120) growers, farmers, suppliers, processors, distributors and campaigners from across our amazing, vital and complex food system.

Secondly, it was an explosion of connections: from air miles to food banks, from equitable working conditions for small growers to national food excess, from sustainable local food production to iniquitous large scale farm food subsidies. A ‘right to eat well and a right to fair and sustainable food system’ was top of everyone’s agenda, as Sue Pritchard one of the key speakers put it “healthy food is everybody’s business”.

Thirdly, it was a call to action! Over the two days we listened, debated and learned from each other about our food systems from people from every nook and cranny of Scotland’s food chain. Importantly we pinned down actions that we promote to create a fairer, healthier food system. From personal actions such as mindful purchasing and community involvement to political demands such as a right to food in Scots Law and food labelling that includes the environmental impact of a product.

It was an inspiring conference which refocused the essential, vital impact a wee community owned shop like Dig In can make promoting a progressive, equitable, sustainable food system.

Find out more about Nourish Scotland.

A word from our young customers

A word from our young customers

This week we’ll be celebrating 5 years since Dig in opened its doors in our beautiful corner of Edinburgh.

We have come a long way during this time, and to help us think about the impact our small shop makes in the community, we asked some of our youngest, most loyal customers what they like about having Dig in nearby:

Milk in glass jars from the Wee Isle Dairy on the Isle of Gigha off the southwest coast of Scotland.

‘I like Dig in because it’s small and it’s the only one of its kind. ‘Cause there are lots of Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, but only one Dig in.’ – aged 7

Dig in community greengrocer in Bruntsfield. Photo by: Lauren McGlynn

 

‘I like the fruit and nut bars’ – aged 4

 

 

 

 

 

‘The fruit doesn’t have as much plastic packaging, and the milk comes in glass!’- aged 7

Memories from an early age

The following conversation from one of our Dig in families shows how influential even small moments around the shop can be:

“I like my pomegranate” was one child’s response to what he likes about Dig in.

Pomegranates? His mum asked, thinking it had been more than a year since she’d bought pomegranates, since they had been away when they were in season this winter.

Amanda’s son went on to say that he likes the people who work in the shop and how many different fruits there are at Dig-In.

On reflection, Amanda realised that he was remembering particularly tasty and beautiful pomegranates that they had found at Dig in nearly 18 months ago.

After all this time, her then 3-year-old held onto this memory for a few reasons –

  • Taste – these pomegranates tasted great, the best Amanda’s ever had.
  • Story – since their family talks a lot about the food they buy and eat, these seasonal red beauties gave them something new to learn. They made time to talk about the vitamins in particularly colourful fruit and veg and how although pomegranates don’t grow well in Scotland, Dig in tries to bring seasonal fruit and veg into the shop from nearby countries like Spain.
  • Beautiful – ‘they looked good, were displayed beautifully and every time we went anywhere after that with pomegranates, he has wanted one!’

In Amanda’s words…

So, I guess the reason we support Dig in is because it has beautiful produce, as local as we can get, which is important to us. It’s also supporting the community we live in and it helps us feed and educate us and our family about the joys of food, food issues and eating well. We go in there to chat as much as to buy, and it makes us feel part of the community – particularly having no family ties ourselves.

It feels good to be buying fresh local produce, supporting the community and hopefully helping solve our huge global issues in a very small local way.

We couldn’t agree more, and we’re so glad you and your family are a part of our community!

Birthday celebrations – this Saturday

Thanks to all our customers for keeping us open here at the heart of Bruntsfield, and come see us on Saturday 27th April to celebrate our 5th Birthday with us!

Farewell Katariina and welcome Steph!

Farewell Katariina and welcome Steph!

Wishing you all the best, Katariina!

This week we said farewell to Katariina, who has been a member of the Dig in team for more than 3 years. She started with us as a volunteer and later joined our staff team as a shop supervisor, primarily running the shop on Saturdays. Katariina brought incredible enthusiasm, warmth and energy to the team over the years, and she will certainly be missed. Thankfully, she’s not going very far!

Katariina has taken a role as a full time member of New Leaf Coop, located in nearby Marchmont, Edinburgh. We wish her all the very best as she takes this next step, and we’ll be round to visit you at New Leaf soon!

New shop supervisor – Steph Marsden

You may have noticed that there’s a new face around the Dig in staff team – we are delighted to welcome Steph Marsden as a new shop supervisor!

Steph comes to us with great experience in food and retail. She completed the MSc Gastronomy course at QMU last year (along with Management Committee member, Robyn) and ran the Leith Food Assembly for 18 months. Steph also works part time running a small craft business and has a website foodplayfood.com

We hope you’ll make Steph feel right at home in her new role with us.

Looking forward to seeing you in the shop soon!

Save the Date – AGM 25th February 2019

Dig In Bruntsfield: Annual General Meeting

Save the Date – Dig In Bruntsfield’s AGM will be held 6-8pm, Monday 25th February 2019, at Christ Church Morningside, 6a Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4DD.

Following formal business, we’re delighted to be hosting a short talk from Donald Reid, shareholder and Food & Drink Editor for The List who will give us his view on the food and drink industry in Scotland and our role within it.

Register here and receive updates on further details.

Hummus and carrots on a sharing platter

 

Call for Management Committee members

Are you passionate about Dig In’s values and want to support the success of our community-owned greengrocer in Edinburgh? Do you have a few hours each month to volunteer with Dig In?

We’re looking for new members to join the Management Committee this year. Elections will be held at the upcoming AGM on Monday, 25th February.

Please email our Chair, Isla McCulloch, if you are interested or read on for more information.

Publicity and Community Engagement coordinator

One key role we’re looking to fill this year is someone to take forward our publicity and community engagement strategy. This person will have:

  • strong skills and experience using social media to communicate messages and engage customers;
  • interest in working with staff and volunteers to develop and improve the way we engage with the community;
  • a strong commitment to Dig In’s values.

With support from staff and other volunteers, the Publicity and Community Engagement coordinator will have responsibility for:

  • sending 6 newsletters per year to our shareholders (using Mailchimp);
  • regular contribution to our social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook);
  • supporting staff and volunteers with community events (e.g. ‘Soup Saturdays’, tasting events – 6-8 per year);
  • attending monthly Management Committee meetings (2hrs per month);
  • participating in the Annual General Meeting (usually held in February).

If you’re interested in this role, please email a statement about yourself and your experience to our Chair by 20th February 2019.

Motions

If you wish to raise any constitutional issues at the AGM, you can raise a motion by sending an email to our Chair, Isla by 20th February 2019.

Dig In vs the Beast Fae the East – The Power of Local

Dig In vs the Beast Fae the East – The Power of Local

We’re just about thawing out after what was an incredibly eventful week in the life of our wee shop.

Tuesday evening, the snow starting drifting in as we gathered for our 5th AGM, reflecting on the successes of last year and catching up with our members, shareholders, volunteers and community built through this wee unassuming grocers. Little did we know that the Beast from the East was on her way, wreaking havoc with our food supply and collective ability to function…. or did it?

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Community, Confidence and Carrots: Dig-In’s 5th AGM

Community, Confidence and Carrots: Dig-In’s 5th AGM

Notice of Annual General Meeting of Bruntsfield Community Greengrocer Limited, and Election of Management Committee Members

You are warmly invited to attend the 5th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Bruntsfield Community Greengrocer (trading as Dig-In) to be held in Christ Church (church centre next to the church) at Holy Corner, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh, arrival at 7pm for 7.15pm start on Tuesday 27th February 2018. 

Please register your interest in the event here so we can cater for appropriate numbers!

The formal AGM proceedings will be preceded by ‘Community Confidence and Carrots’: a talk from Rob Davidson, Manager of the Cyrenians Farm Enterprise from where we source a range of organic salads and vegetables. We’re delighted to be hearing from Rob about how by running a working farm they are also able to sustain a home for a community of young vulnerable people, many with experiences of homelessness.

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WHOLEmeal Saturday – Breakfast, lunch and tea!

 

Thank you to everyone who turned up to our WHOLEmeal Saturday event – a pop-up tasting event with whole meals made by volunteers exclusively with ingredients from Dig-In.

Amanda Lake, Co-convenor of our PACE subgroup and WHOLEmeals galore!

The whole idea was to share recipes and ways you can use

ingredients just from the shop to make a variety of delicious recipes for any time of day.

For breakfast volunteer Frankie had made a delicious overnight oats with almond milk, grated apple and a homemade rhubarb jam on top.

Other scrumptious lunch or tea WHOLEmeals on offer were:

Bulgar wheat, green lentil, lemon and fresh herby salad;

Greencity Wholefoods easy peasy falafels with flatbread, leaves and harissa and crowdie dip

Spinach and cheese pie

Fruity root veg couscous served with fried halloumi

We were handing out recipes on the day but also host them right here on our website….

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A few minutes with… Katie!

Hi Katie!

Thank you so much again for building our beautiful website, we love it! It’s a fantastic example of how much work at Dig In goes on behind the scenes by a real troop of wonderful volunteers.

So, tell us a wee bit about yourself…

I’m a Digital Marketing Consultant, which means I put things on the Internet, or consult with people about what they should put on the Internet. I’m also an Edinburgh native, born, gone to school and got my degree here!

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