Growing our Future is a food-themed behaviour change project to reduce the carbon footprint of Muir of Ord. It is funded by the Climate Challenge Fund.

We aim to reduce Muir of Ord’s carbon footprint by delivering a suite of workshops and classes complimented by ongoing support and online resources. We will;

  • increase the number of residents growing their own food through active involvement in the learning programme, personalised support and by making land available through a garden share scheme
  • facilitate seed swops and plant exchanges
  • increase people’s resourcefulness with food by running cooking and meal planning workshops
  • reduce food waste to landfill, by running composting workshops for individuals and compost collection scheme for local food businesses
  • reduce food miles by educating the community about the importance of buying local produce

We will create a positive culture in our workshops where participants will be encouraged to challenge their perceptions of their environmental impact. We will then explore actions they can take to reduce their carbon footprint.

Our workshops will cover a range of carbon reduction themes in depth, including;

  • food miles and local food
  • growing and eating organics
  • soil health and sequestration
  • emissions of different food groups, including meat production
  • reducing food waste to landfill
  • food packaging
  • cooking methods to save on energy use

Growing Our Future’s programme of learning will facilitate the diffusion of lifelong skills, to enable the community to make progressive, positive changes to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

To consolidate this there will be a suite of online resources, including recipes, meal planners, food waste diaries, top tips and ‘how to’ videos. This will be complimented by a range of other proven behaviour change techniques, including prompts visible throughout the village and the home, and modelling through food champions.