Category Archives: Working for Change

Organic September: Farming for Biodiversity

The recent release of an RSPB analysis titled ‘A lost decade for nature’ showed that the UK has failed to reach 17 out of 20 UN biodiversity targets agreed on 10 years ago. The other side of the scale holds the news that sales of organic food and drink hit a record high during lockdown, […]

Missing links in the grain chain: the benefits of participatory plant breeding from Syria to Scotland

A crop breeder visits a field in which a new variety of tef, a staple cereal crop, is being grown by a local farmer in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia

Photo: A crop breeder visits a field in which a new variety of tef, a staple cereal crop, is being grown by a local farmer in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia [Tara Wight 2018] By Tara Wight Cereal production in Scotland is dominated by a small number of conventionally bred varieties of barley, wheat and oats. These […]

The Solidarity Bag: Pass it Forward to Community Bakeries

Bulk bags of wholemeal flour

We have launched the Solidarity Bag: a 16 or 8 kg bag of flour paid for by you and delivered to the brilliant community bakeries working across Scotland to keep their communities fed. With her experience working with foodbanks, our new Flour to the People Project Coordinator Lyndsay Cochrane is well placed to introduce this new […]

Flour to the People: A Community Bread Project

Scotland The Bread’s new Flour to the People Project Coordinator Lyndsay Cochrane introduces our new, Innovate UK-funded project. Loaves disappeared first. Then flour. Empty shelves are a stark motif of the Covid-19 crisis. Overnight, lockdown caused a quadrupling of demand for local flour. Like other specialist mills and food businesses, the Scotland The Bread online […]

The Fife Fermenter: a Five-Year Vision for a Scottish Grain Hub

Our recent experiences during the pandemic have demonstrated how important local food chains are to resilience and wellbeing. There’s a huge opportunity for Scotland to take the lead in this area. Scotland The Bread are joining Nourish Scotland in calling for Scottish Government commitments to a National Food Plan and to monitor food security in […]

Honorary Chairman’s AGM Report for the Year 2019

Bread for Good Community Benefit Society Annual General Meeting Sunday June 14th, 2020 at 10.30 am (online) Writing about the previous financial year to present to an Annual General Meeting six months later always feels a little like describing a bygone era. This year that is painfully true. BC (Before Covid) is ancient history, so […]

Baking in the (Covid) Community. Part Three: Responding to Demand for Local Bread

In mid-April, Baking in the Community participants gathered virtually to find out how the organisations involved were coping with the restrictions placed on us all during lockdown. At a time when one might fear independent bakeries would be struggling to continue, we have been inspired by the adaptability of bakers in Scotland who are working […]

Baking in the (Covid) Community. Part Two: Building a Customer Base in Unusual Times

In mid-April, Baking in the Community participants gathered virtually to find out how the organisations involved were coping with the restrictions placed on us all during lockdown. At a time when one might fear independent bakeries and sociable baking groups to be struggling to continue, we found instead that resourceful steps have been taken across […]

Baking in the (Covid) Community. Part One: Baking For Neighbours

Scotland The Bread is working with Nourish Scotland on ‘Baking in the Community’, a programme bringing together community bakeries, baking projects and groups with the aim of improving access to nutritious and locally baked bread for people living in areas of multiple deprivation. Originally intended to begin with an in-person ‘train-the-trainers’ session in March, participants […]