Hearty Squirrel is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit food cooperative at the University of Edinburgh. We strive to provide local, organic and affordable food to students and staff, as well as a unique and informative experience for our volunteers. Our goals also include promoting and educating on food sustainability, running food workshops, and supporting other groups.
We are completely run by volunteers, so we need YOU to get involved! Cooperatives are an alternative to supporting the profit-driven model of most major supermarkets. Hearty Squirrel is a great way to ensure you are supporting ethical suppliers and it is heaps of fun too!
Of course, procuring and supplying good food is not all we do at the Hearty Squirrel! Our volunteers and committee members also form a vibrant community and organise plenty of fun socials – for example visits to Whitmuir Farm (our veg bag supplier) or zine-making workshops! In 2012, members created and published a food politics zine (downloadable below).