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From The Editor

MARCH traditionally heralds the beginning of spring.

The weather is getting a little warmer and spring bulbs are beginning to bloom, with the warming earth and additional daylight encouraging growth.

At home, it means the planting of some seeds, bulbs and tubers in the garden to allow us to enjoy a summer harvest of potatoes, shallots and lettuce, tomatoes and perhaps some herbs. Occasionally we become more adventurous and try other crops, but our growing space is limited. The satisfaction of harvesting and eating our own produce is huge and it ensures that some of the skills of self-sufficiency will be passed on to our daughter, as well as fostering encouragement of consumption of seasonal and local produce

This is important: the 20th century saw the rise of supermarkets and the loss of many traditional greengrocers and butchers in our towns and cities. The rise of supermarket shopping has led to an increase in consumption and packaging - and food miles as out of season fruit and veg was sourced from overseas where a warmer climate allowed supplies to be shipped to the UK.

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IN THIS ISSUE SCOTLAND 2020 The changing face of Scotland since the millennium CHANGED BY AFRICA Social enterprise group trip to Zambia TAKING STEPS OF FAITH Interview with chief exectutive of National Weekend of Invitation and much more