Christine has urged the Government to increase support for community farming and food production.
Speaking in Parliament yesterday (Thursday 19th October), the Liberal Democrat raised the case of Lauriston Farm in her constituency, which is investing in a number of community facilities such as a community orchard, kitchen and outdoor education centre.
The Farm currently holds weekly drop-in sessions at its community garden, helping people learn new skills and grow high-quality, affordable food.
Figures from Social Return on Investment show that every £1 invested in a community farm is worth £9 of community benefits.
Christine believes that these projects are “critical” during the current cost of living crisis, but more needs to be done to “unleash their potential”.
She said, “Lauriston Farm is a wonderful facility, providing affordable produce for the community, and investing in new spaces for the benefit of everyone in Edinburgh West.
“But many community food producers and farms are struggling to grow their operations, or start up at all, as funding is so limited.
“During the current cost-of-living crisis, with food prices still soaring, it is critically important for people to have access to these facilities, and cheap, fresh food.
“I hope the Scottish Government will work closely with community farms across Scotland to help them thrive, and keep their communities healthy.”