Vegware and The Food Waste Network at Pro2Pac / Waste Works

We’re heading down to London from the 22nd – 25th March to the Pro2Pac exhibition at the London ExCel.

It’s the UK’s only food and drink packaging event. Come say hello – we’ll be showcasing our range of completely compostable packaging as well as our range of beyond packaging services over at stand S2012.

We’ll also be taking our zero waste initiative, The Food Waste Network to the Waste-Works exhibition, which is debuting alongside Pro2Pac. Come along for free zero waste advice and see us at stand S1957.

 

 

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Ian Murray MP and Jackie Baillie MSP pay Vegware HQ a visit!

On Wednesday last week, Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment Ian Murray MP and Scottish Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Jackie Baillie MSP paid us a visit at our Edinburgh HQ to hear all about our business growth and to learn more about small and medium sized enterprises.

As the fourth fastest growing firm in Scotland, they were keen to chat to us about business success and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Read more here.

 

Vegware joins Cabinet Secretary at Scottish Waste Conference on 5th March

waste title pageScotland has some of the most ambitious environmental legislation in the world. And with our expertise in the practicalities of going zero waste, Vegware has been invited to speak at Holyrood’s Waste: Achieving Scotland’s Environmental Goals.

Our Communications Director Lucy Frankel joins top level speakers such as Richard Lochhead MSP, and representatives from NHS National Services Scotland, Edinburgh City Council, The Welsh Government, COSLA and the University of Bath.

Join us to debate current resource challenges and how public and private sector can overcome them.

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Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead MSP opening the new expanded Vegware HQ at our Ministerial Tea Party back in May 2013

 

Vegware wins innovation award at Gulfood, Dubai!

Mark award win2Another award for Vegware! We have won the Gulfood 2015 best new catering equipment innovation category. The award is for a company that has shown innovation and excellence in the development and launch of a new item of catering equipment.

Our gourmet range is the markets first completely compostable spill-proof window box for hot or cold food to go. We’re thrilled that it has been recognised as “a new product that will have significant benefit to the food and beverage industry“!

Gulfood is the world’s largest annual food and hospitality show with over 4,200 exhibitors and 81,622 visitors from 170 countries, so they know what they’re talking about! Doesn’t it make the stall look pretty?

Handing over the Tortoise at Merazonia

Community Fund – Fundación Fauna de la Amazonía – January Update

Rain! More rain, and, well, sometimes less……..!

The seasonal weather has caused yet more damage to the road from Mera, and also to the entry road to the Fundación’s land through Laurence’s land. Laurence herself was unable to leave by car for four days due to the main road being closed as the ‘bridge’ at the foot of Sumak Kawsay in Situ had been washed away, yet again! Sadly, although perhaps realistically for future access to the planned Animal Rescue Centre, it is believed that the local Municipal Council of Mera has agreed, in principal, to asphalt the road as far as the river close to where the Shuar community of Agua Claro (Clear Water) are located. That is past the entry to the Fundación’s land.

The upside to the road damage and the trees that have fallen down onto it due to the weather is that there have been lots of bromeliads, orchids and other plant species to collect, and to replace/replant on the land!

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Community Fund – COCA – January Update

We started January with a bit of a bang, holding a winter feast for all our members, and their friends and family. Everyone bought along homemade dishes, much of it using veg from the farm, and gathered together to share a meal. There was a fantastic turnout and it was a great opportunity for everyone to see each other outside of the farm, and in the warm and dry!

On the farm itself, the short dark days and cold wet weather means that relatively little outdoor veg work is going on, apart from moving the pigs’ enclosure round the field, so that they root up and clear and fertilize different areas.  Indoors, the two polytunnels are kept snug with fleece over the winter crops, and weeding of the small carrots and between the salad plants goes on on a weekly basis. The seed order is worked out, as are the budgets for new equipment. The new season starts with the first sowings of onion seed in plugtrays, kept warm while they germinate in the heated sand bed. This is a new departure for us, as we have always used sets for onions before, but we are confident we can grow our onion supply more cheaply and just as successfully from seed this year. Weekly harvests are still providing Cabbages, Brussel Sprouts, the occasional huge Cauliflower, Kale, and Parsnips from the field, and Oriental greens and Lettuce from the polytunnels, as well as Potatoes from store.

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Community Fund – Lower Kersal Young Peoples Group (LKYPG) – January Update

LKYPG is new to the Community Fund this month and have sent us some pictures of one of their volunteers preparing the plot for the upcoming year. More photos will follow, as the year progresses, and they go through the various stages of planting.LKYPG

More photos will follow, as the year progresses, and they go through the various stages of planting. We look forward to seeing the progression of these allotments in the coming months!!

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Community Fund – Clipperton Project – January Update

In Dubarton, a team of young people will sustainably refurbish a 1940s power boat learning skills, and making decisions about sustainable builds, along the way. The boat will then be used as a floating lab to be based at Bowling Basin on the Forth and Clyde Canal, as a new community venue. The Clipperton Project organises research and education programmes, expeditions and exhibitions all around the world, all with one ultimate objective, which is using exploration to energise and empower active citizens.

What’s a floating lab? We’ll eventually use the refurbished boat as a space for workshops, education, small events, meetings, as a potential artist residency space, as a laboratory space for visiting studies and as a vehicle for future expeditions, and for anything else that the local community would like to use the space for.

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Community Fund – Batley Girls’ High School – January Update

We start the New Year with a chill in the air but still with overall high temperatures for this time of year. The allotment is currently being dismantled for relocation onto the farm and the combined farm and gardening activities in the future will make for a better all round learning environment.

Hatchings from last year
Hatchings from last year

Several of the maturing birds from last years hatchings now need to be moved from the farm to allow a more selective breading activity from those remaining. We also have to be aware of the noise pollution from the cockerels that are trying to establish their own territory since the farm backs onto residential housing.

Several local horticultural shows have been earmarked as potential educational school visits that may also reward some of the farm and gardening club members for their efforts. Additionally an activity “les cultures” (cultivation/growing)is being prepared for year 8 students studying French that may involve a visit to a local salad leaf/seed/bean growing business.