Young Crofters



Are you under 41? – Join the Scottish Crofting Federation for only £33.25 – that is HALF the usual individual rate.

The future of crofting is dependent on young crofters and, as the only organisation dedicated to campaigning for crofters and fighting for the future of crofting, now is the time for young crofters to join.

If you are a young crofter, or an aspiring young crofter, join today online or call HQ on 01599 530005 for more information.

SCF Young Crofter Award 2020

Picture of Euan MacRae Quaich

SCF and The MacRobert Trust invite the nomination of young crofters for the award of Young Crofter 2020.

We are looking for young folk of 40 years or less who are crofting in a sustainable and enterprising way and who play an active part in their crofting community or make a great ambassador for crofting. Are you that crofter? Do you know that crofter?

The winner will be presented, early in the New Year, with the Euan MacRae Memorial Quaich, £500, one years free SCF membership and a copy of both the Horticulture and Woodlands Handbooks. From past experience, the prestige of winning the award is very helpful for the recipient. Donald Macsween from Lewis, a previous winner, said, “I was delighted to be named Young Crofter of the Year in 2018. Crofting can be thankless and, apart from the satisfaction of what we do on an ongoing basis, it can be difficult to judge whether or not you’re actually doing a good job – or even doing anything at all right! I would encourage anyone to enter, the process alone will make you appreciate what you have achieved so far. And a little publicity always helps!”

If you wish to propose yourself or someone you know please contact SCF HQ for a nomination form or download one here.

Submissions are invited from now until the end of the year.



SCF Online Young Crofters Gathering 2020

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The online SCF Young Crofters gathering was a first for SCF and well received by those taking part. The day was chaired by young crofter, Donald MacKinnon, SCF’s vice-chair, who said ”We had a great gathering with over 60 people participating. The video presentations made by young crofters showing us their enterprises were very inspiring and the discussions that followed were vibrant and illuminating. We covered topics including local food, horticulture, direct selling of meat and other products and the Scottish Crofting Produce Mark. The lack of available land kept coming up and is clearly a major obstacle for young folk wanting to get into crofting.”

The videos and presentations made by young crofters showing the range and diversity of crofting activity are now available to watch at your leisure on the SCF YouTube channel. Well worth watching!

The SCF Gathering of Young Crofters

In March 2015 the SCF Gathering  –  ‘Young Crofters: 20:20’ –  took place in Glencanisp Lodge on the community-owned Glencanisp Estate in Assynt. A short film was made of the event –  Crofting’s New Voices –  and you can read the opening presentation made by  Iain MacKinnon from Skye.

This was the first gathering of young crofters and aspiring young crofters, with the purpose of addressing the question: “What do we want crofting to look like in 2020 and beyond?”

The event was hosted by the SCF and Crofting Connections. 

2020 will see a follow-up to this event with an online session planned for July. Look out for more details here and on social media.

SCF is keen to encourage and support young crofters who would like to get involved in the organisation. If you would be interested or would like  more details just get in touch.