Our friends over at the Glasgow Community Food Network (GCFN) are organising around COP26, and would like to invite you to join them for a variety of interesting events led by their Food & Climate Action project team – some for you to listen to, others to learn from and others to support you to take action. There is also a consultation workshop where they want to hear YOUR views on local food that is accessible for everyone.
All are on Eventbrite – please do go along and encourage others to join in. GFCN will also be promoting these in the coming weeks on social media so look out there and give them a follow, like or retweet.
The COP26 Coalition is a UK-based civil society coalition of groups and individuals mobilising around climate justice during COP26. Coalition members include environment and development NGOs, trade unions, grassroots community campaigns, faith groups, youth groups, migrant and racial justice networks – to name a few.
The People’s Summit is their answer to the official talks between heads of state attending COP26. Between the 7th and the 10th of November, they’ll be bringing together the climate justice movement to discuss, learn and strategise for system change. Join in online from anywhere in the world, or in-person in Glasgow.
We hold monthly GAF events ourselves. These include presentations from knowledgeable people about topics related to growing, as well as open forum discussions where you can hear from, and share ideas with, fellow growers in Glasgow.
“I would like an allotment space where I can learn with other people how to grow food. I’ve been added to “the waiting list for the waiting list”. How long will I have to wait?”
In view of the long-standing shortage of plots in Glasgow and the large increase in demand for that most of us have experienced as a result of the Covid pandemic, we believe we need the City Council to take action by making more land available for food growing.
The best hope we have of doing this is to help those who want a plot to get together to campaign for change.
You’re welcome to join in, particularly if you don’t already have an allotment, or if your allotment life would be more convenient if a new site were set up closer to home.
To register for the meeting, to put forward any questions for discussion, or just to find out more, email GAFForum@gmail.com.
Councillor Martha Wardrop (Green Party Councillor for Hillhead) and Rachel Smith (Glasgow City Council Landscape Design and Development Manager) have agreed to attend an online meeting to discuss:
which includes a duty on local authorities to provide an Open Space Strategy ‘to set out a strategic framework of the planning authority’s policies and proposals as to the development, maintenance and use of green infrastructure in their district‘ – see Section 3
We’re looking for people to help us set up and feature in an allotment video channel on YouTube. Experience is beneficial, but the only fundamental requirements are keen-ness and time!
We all started somewhere with our plots. Whether we learned by reading books, following packet instructions, or inheriting growing knowledge from an older and wiser family member, we probably all needed a bit of advice to point us in the right direction before we went free-range and started experimenting.
There are thousands of vlogs (video blogs) on YouTube now showing you how to sow, transplant, nurture, harvest and cook just about anything you could want to grow. They’re a fantastic resource (and they’ve taught me most of what I know!) but there’s one thing I always find my inner voice complaining about:
Yes, but these people aren’t growing in the weather of Scotland!
In fact, it’s for exactly that reason that Jim McColl took to the airwaves in 1978 to launch The Beechgrove Garden on the BBC. That mission has made it so successful that it’s still on the air today, 42 years later.
So, with that in mind, we’d like to run our own experiment: creating a Glasgow-specific (or Scotland-specific?) allotment gardening YouTube channel.
We’re looking for people who want to get involved as growers, filmers, or both. We need a range of people to be involved so that there’s broad appeal and a bit of something for everyone.
A GAF YouTube channel could perhaps take inspiration from that, and our contributors could play to each of our individual strengths. That would mean we’ve got a variety of plants, faces and experiences.
We’d like to go beyond creating simple plot updates. There are lots of video diaries like that out there, and let’s be honest – very few of us are really all that interested in hearing about how someone else’s carrots are coming along each week. What we really want to see is what the person has done, why they’ve done it that way, how not to do it, and what the results are!
If you’re interested in getting involved, we’d love to hear from you.
What You’d Need
Any one or more of the following:
Interest, experience, or a desire to learn about:
doing some filming
talking on camera
or even getting your plot neighbours to talk on camera while you film them…
Any kind of camera – even a smartphone would do
ideally at least 720p (HD) – have a look around in your camera app settings to check
A basic camera stand or mount
tripod, selfie stick, posable clamp, etc. – group members will undoubtedly have plenty of recommendations to share
A basic microphone
the one on your phone / camera will work, but even a mic meant for doing hands-free calls on your phone’s headphone cable can give an advantage
Motivation and time to dedicate to the project as the year goes on…
This would be a collaborative project that develops with input from everyone, but here’s a first attempt at a plan to give the project some structure.
It’ll also give you an idea of what you might be signing up for:
Phase 1: Vlog team assemble!
– Gather names of interested folk – Compare notes on interests, growing background, allotment situations, video equipment and experience, and time available to spend on the project – Set a date to meet virtually (Zoom? Skype?) to get to know each other
Phase 2: Content planning
– Identify unique contributions / topics (maximises original content; reduces repetitive videos) – Plan content for relevant points through growing season – Decide on episode format(s) (e.g. how-to demonstrations; Q&A from allotmenteers; one person per episode vs updates from multiple locations; etc.)
Phase 3: Skill-sharing and trial-runs
– Share knowledge (e.g. best ways to film on location; tips for camera angles; advice on capturing good audio; to script or not to script, etc.) – Make some trial run videos? – Send clips to editor / editors on the team? – Share thoughts and feedback on what works and what tweaks we could make?
Phase 4: Filming
– Record videos – Edit videos – Build up a few for launch date?
Phase 5: Release & ongoing filming
– Launch the channel!
Register your interest
These examples will give you a flavour of what’s already out there.
Take a look and decide what you like in them, what you don’t, and maybe start to get an idea of what you could contribute to the project.
Don’t worry if the ‘Features’ we’ve posted below each clip seem like jargon or are way beyond anything you’ve tried before. Part of the project will be making sure people know all about what these mean, and we’ll help you practice if you want to learn.
Style: Daily diary. Growing advice to camera. Semistructured.
Features:tripod and free-held mix; cutaway close-up footage; clip-on mic; branding; on-screen text annotations.
Style: Growing advice to camera. Single topic. One continuous take.
Features: worktop-mounted wide-angle camera; in-camera mic; intro and outro with theme music.
Style: Growing advice to camera. Multiple locations and lessons in one video. Storyboarded and edited.
Features: separate camera operator; tripod; cutaway close-up footage; clip-on mic; establishing shots; branding; on-screen text annotations; title in thumbnail.
Style: Regular diary. Growing advice on and off-camera. Semistructured.
Features: title sequence; handheld mobile phone; in-camera mic; title in thumbnail.
Style: Daily diary. ‘Interview’-style advice with guest. Presenter both on and off-camera. Loose structure.
We let you know recently that we give out awards to the best newcomers. Make sure you (or your new neighbours) don’t miss out. If you just jump in and get digging, you might waste your chance to document the starting conditions!
What you need to do now
a) start planning what you’ll do with your plot, along with the reasons for all your choices
b) take a photo of your plot before you get started (see the judging criteria, below)
Linlithgow and District Allotment Society (LADAS) recently had their very own potato day, and they’ve got some seed potato stock left over. They’re happy to let it go at cost price, so if anyone missed out on Glasgow’s recent potato day (or just can’t get enough) then get in touch direct with Alison from LADAS by next week (commencing Monday 9 March) – alison.valentine [@] blueyonder.co.uk
One of their members will bring the seed potatoes to a central location in Glasgow at a time to be firmed up once the orders have come through.