As the current constitution dates from 2013 and is no longer fit for purpose, it is proposed that this meeting agrees to set up a working group to host discussions and write a new Constitution which will be presented to be ratified by the Glasgow Allotments Forum AGM in November 2023.
The Scottish Local Council Election for Glasgow City is due to take place on the 5th May 2022. This Good Food Hustings will be a chance to hear from party representatives on where they stand on key issues such as urban growing and allotments, emergency food provision, and food procurement. After hearing from candidates, attendees will have the chance to ask questions.
With the Glasgow City Food Plan launched in June 2021, this election is key in ensuring that elected councillors will support the implementation of the plan and the Good Food movement more broadly. The Glasgow City Food Plan is a framework to achieve: “a food system in Glasgow that is fair, resilient and environmentally sustainable and enables everyone in Glasgow to eat healthy, affordable, culturally appropriate Good Food irrespective of where they live, their income or personal circumstances.”
Representatives have been invited from the SNP, Scottish Greens, Scottish Labour, Scottish Conservatives, Alba and the Scottish Liberal-Democrats.
Why a 5:30pm start? We are starting the event at 5:30pm in order to be finished by 7pm, so that anyone who is observing Ramadan is able to fully participate.
You can see who the candidates are in all Glasgow wards here.
As promised, we’re moving our annual opportunity to buy seed potatoes online again this year. Hopefully next year we’ll be able to return to the usual hall-full-of-stalls event, but at least it’s super easy to place your orders.
Place your order now
We’ll collect the orders and buy everything wholesale from the supplier
We’ll let you know when it’s ready to collect (in a few weeks’ time)
(…though if all you’re buying is seed packets, you can choose postal delivery at the checkout!)
It’s a great chance to buy from a much bigger selection than you’d typically find in the usual garden supply shops. All money raised above the cost of the stock goes directly into supporting the Glasgow Allotments Forum, providing opportunities like the Allotment Development Awards, which let plot sites across Glasgow bid for money to improve their facilities.
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Zoom this year. Last year we simply published our annual reports but we didn’t hold a meeting. This year the Committee have decided to go ahead online as conditions don’t seem to warrant meeting together physically this winter.
GAF was started in 2001 to give a voice to allotment gardeners in Glasgow. It is run by plot-holders as an independent organisation, funded by Potato Day and donations from allotment associations and individual plot-holders. It provides the opportunity for plot-holders to meet, share information and discuss issues related to allotments. The Forum agreed its first Constitution in 2004, which was updated to its current form in 2013.
Our committee meets once a month on Zoom, on Thursdays from 7.30 – 9.0 pm. We would welcome new members, so do get in touch if you think you would like to join us.
Every year we put on a calendar of talks and discussions. Next year, we would also like to get back to organising meetings in person and more visits and interaction between sites. If you have any suggestions for what we could be doing – particularly in relation to climate change and how allotmenteers could contribute to promoting improvements in Glasgow – please come along to the AGM, or send us your ideas if you can’t make the meeting.
The AGM is open to everyone who is a plotholder in Glasgow. It receives reports on GAF’s activities and finance and elects officers and members of the committee. This year we will also hear from the 3 associations that won our Allotment Development Awards.
1 Apologies 2 Approval of the Minutes of the AGM held on November 7th 2019 3 Annual Report 4 Treasurer’s Report 5 Election of Committee members 6 Allotment Development Awards 7 Next Year’s Calendar – Feb Fest – Potato Day – Recommendations for Topics and Activities 8 AOB