Staff

Our Tayport Community Garden project is supported by three part-time staff:

Volunteer Coordinator –currently recruiting

Our Volunteer Coordinator has left to take up an exciting new position at the University of Dundee and we are currently looking for a replacement – there is more information for applicants here. In the interim we will have help from two sessional workers during our weekly open sessions – Shona is helping on Mondays and Helena will be there on Wednesdays. If you have any urgent volunteering questions please contact Jessie on admin@tayportgarden.org.

Community Gardener – Peter Christopher

Peter raking a raised bed

We are drawing on Peter’s gardening expertise to help us make the garden into a productive space and to learn how to grow fruit, vegetables and salads.

He is available to advise and support volunteers and community groups using the Garden during our weekly Open Gardening Sessions.

Peter is also in charge of our Grow@Home programme aimed at helping Tayport residents grow more food in their own gardens. And – he is getting our new tool library and maintenance programme going this year.

Here are some words from Peter:

I was Head Gardener for the National Trust for Scotland at Hill of Tarvit for 27 years , I have a B.Sc. in Botany and Biological Science and have been growing my own fruit and veg organically with my wife Kirsty for the last 30 years. I was part of the Fife Organic Gardeners for many years and I’m a member of the Professional Gardeners’ Guild and the Chartered Institute of Horticulture. I enjoy passing on my knowledge with people who have a good connection and interest with the well being of our fragile environment.

Blog coordinator and Carbon Conversation lead – Kaska Hempel

Kaska holding a blog consultation board

Kaska is helping our Tayport food growers share their stories of growing food at home or at the community garden through the community blog. Get in touch if you would like to join the community blogging team! Starting in 2018 she’s also been leading our Carbon Conversations project.

Here are some words from Kaska:

After arriving in Tayport from Australia 12 years ago I have fallen in love with the place – not many people out there can say that a view from their window encompasses a castle, a forest, stunning sunrises over the river and dolphins playing in the harbour! And now there is the Community Garden:)

My background is in environmental science and botany so I love everything plant and relish being able to help with a project which is trying to make a difference for the environment (hopefully learning to grow my own veg in the process;). After my arrival in Scotland I spent 8 years creating online learning spaces and supporting others in using them while working at the University of Dundee and Edinburgh University.

Recently, I found PLANT and I have enjoyed volunteering my experience in the set up of the garden project blog pilot and helping our community bloggers flourish over the last year. Now I am looking forward to helping it grow into something more permanent. And to convincing more people that blogging isn’t as scary as it looks!