Forward Coupar Angus’ (FCA) Food and Growing projects have been evolving since 2010, when it started out as Coupar Angus Food Focus. The project’s aim is to encourage the people of Coupar Angus to
· Cook Better
· Eat Better and
· Grow and Use More Local Produce.
The cooking aspect of the project started with running cooking classes for school children. Cooking for adults began with bread making classes and then expanded to include other themes. From 2012 to 2014 the month long soup festival in the winter, the Soupathon, included a wide range of cooking and soup making workshops, tasting demonstrations and competitions for both children and adults.
The children's cooking continues in partnership with the Coupar Angus Youth Activities Group (CAYAG) and has school holiday cookery schools in the past 5 years. We hope to start these again in 2019. At present, children's cooking is centred on the weekly Youth Group sessions run by CAYAG in the Y Hall with FCA holding outdoor cooking sessions at the Caddam Road Community Garden during the summer months. A series of pop-up meals, food and growing lectures and workshops including fabric dyeing using plants will continue to take place indoors and outdoors.
From a growing perspective, FCA created the first of its Community Gardens in Caddam Road, back in 2014. As this garden developed and became accessible to more people the original Coupar Angus Food Focus evolved into Coupar Angus Food and Growing.
A further three Community Gardens have now been established in the town and a new area of vegetable garden is planned for the Community Woodland. All produce from the Community Gardens and other local amateur and professional growers is sold at our community shop - the High Street Store.
For four years, our local produce was also sold at the monthly Community Markets at the Cross. We hope that we will be able to run these markets again, if a new management team can be identified.
Coupar Angus Food and Growing has links with many local producers and growers and is currently working on projects to form stronger relationships to ensure local people can get local food at a fair price. Events like the apple pressing encourage locals to bring along their fruit and take home their own apple juice which also helps reduce food waste.
Our Growing and Cooking projects have links with the following national groups:
Nourish Scotland, Slow Food Tayside and North Fife, the Small Holders Association, the Soil Association and the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens.
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Or, pop into the High Street Store to check out our glorious vegetables:
The High Street Store, The Cross, Coupar Angus PH13 9DB
Tel: 01828 626 211
Store Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11am - 3pm
ABC and Beyond is an initiative led by Forward Coupar Angus (FCA). Its aim is to connect food producers, growers and consumers in East Perthshire, primarily focusing around the towns of Alyth, Blairgowrie and Coupar Angus, hence ABC.
The project is funded by the Connect Local Regional Food Fund (RFF) and we were awarded a short term grant from September 2018 until September 2019. It is led by Amandla Taylor and Wendy McCombes, and will feature a range of activities including food, growing, tasting events, pop up restaurants and cafes as well as workshops to screen education films or host talks.
We strongly believe that forging connections between local producers and growers will lead to more efficient promotion and delivery of local produce as well as reduce food waste as surpluses and gluts will be better managed and distributed.
ABC and Beyond will help set up local Food Assembly and Collection Points to encourage and facilitate direct connections between consumers and local food growers and producers – thereby keeping food miles minimal.
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