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30th January 2015
News from Scottish Crofting Federation
The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) ran a very well-received debut intermediate-level crofting training seminar in Newtonmore recently on ‘Sustain, Diversify and Grow’ crofting enterprise.
SCF’s Chief Executive Patrick Krause, who opened the seminar, said, “Diversification is a trade-mark of crofting. A well-rehearsed piece of advice given to farm businesses over the past couple of decades has been to diversify and this is of course what has given crofting resilience.
"Crofters have always had multiple income streams and are very adept at creating on-croft enterprises.
"The examples are themselves diverse, from traditional livestock and livestock products, to exotics such as Llama and ornamental poultry breeding, from fruit and vegetables to ‘cyber-crofting’. So we are not trying to teach grandmother to suck eggs, but have convened this seminar to explore and share ideas."
Subjects covered at the seminar included presentation of local food products including registration, labelling and health and hygiene in practice, cyber-crofting – use of internet and social media, using and selling renewable energy, provision of croft holidays, social crofting (care farming) and producing/selling as a cooperative. The course also included demonstrations of traditional croft-based crafts weaving and butter-making.
Tina Hartley, one of SCF’s training managers said, “We were elated with the response we got from participants. We had all sorts of very positive feed-back including the comment ‘This event has imparted a wealth of knowledge – it has really joined up the dots for me’ which I really liked and this great summation - ‘An excellent and timely initiative, well placed to help crofters develop and benefit from the potential afforded by the unique experience that is crofting’."
Tina’s colleague Lucy Beattie added, “SCF will hold another ‘diversification’ seminar in spring 2015, and in the meantime the next seminars in the series will focus on financial opportunities for crofting activity in the next round of CAP and SRDP and, later in the year, two days focusing on Crofting Livestock."