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SCF Launches Horticulture Handbook

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) will this week launch its latest publication. Horticulture: a Handbook for Crofters is a 175-page guide for growers in the challenging conditions of the crofting areas written by experienced crofters and horticultural experts with specialist knowledge of crofting conditions. Principal authors are Dr. Audrey Litterick, a horticultural consultant well-known to Highland and Island growers; Calina MacDonald, presenter of Anns a’Gharradh on BBC Alba; and John Bannister, crofter and market gardener in Skye. The book is a comprehensive and definitive guide to horticultural production in Scotland’s islands and on the western and northern seaboard.

Horticulture: a Handbook for Crofters will be launched at the Black Isle Show on Thursday by Environment Minister Stewart Stevenson, and copies can be ordered from SCF head office 01599 530005, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The publication has been supported by the Scottish Government through the Scottish Rural Development Programme, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Esmeé Fairbairn Foundation.

horticulture-handbook.pdf

Study to look at options Skye and Lochalsh abattoir

Monday, July 16, 2012

Last year Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) formed a working group to look at ways of providing an abattoir service for Skye and Lochalsh after a gap of over twenty years. Currently crofters and farmers in the region have to transport animals for slaughter to Dingwall, a journey of up to three and a half hours, or even take them by ferry to Lochmaddy. The Scottish Government has now agreed to fund a study into options for funding, building and operating a small-scale slaughtering and processing facility which would be co-operatively owned and operated. The study will be carried out by a Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) team led by Portree-based senior consultant Siobhan Macdonald.

skye-abattoir.pdf

Horticulture: A handbook for Crofters

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Available soon!

Horticulture: a Handbook for Crofters and other small producers in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

A guide for growers in the challenging conditions of the crofting areas, written by experience practising crofters and horticulture experts with specialist knowledge of crofting conditions.

Members Price £10

Non-Members £15

+£5 to cover postage & packaging (if necessary)

This handbook will help you grow successfully. Order your copy now!

If you are interested in pre-ordering a copy, please contact SCF HQ on 01599 530 005 or send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

SCF Horticulture Handbook poster.pdf