Tractor in the outer Isles



Friday, March 30, 2012

The Scottish Crofting Federation is calling on the Minister for Environment Stewart Stevenson to let the new Crofting Commission elect its own convenor, rather than taking the option of having the position appointed by the Scottish Ministers.

The new Commission, which is the official crofting regulator, now has a majority of elected members and will take over responsibility for the regulation of crofting on 2nd April.



Friday, March 30, 2012

The Scottish Government's Education Secretary has hailed the success of a training programme for crofting which has been attended by more than 300 people in the last year.

The Scottish Crofting Federation's introductory course is offering students the chance to learn how to become crofters, and has prompted a call for more action to be taken to meet a growing desire for crofting in Scotland.


SCF criticises “lamentable” Government ferry review

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Scottish Crofting Federation has said that the Scottish Government’s ferry review displays a “lamentable lack of understanding of the geography” of the west Highlands and Islands and promises to deliver blow after economic blow to the future viability of some of the area’s most fragile communities.

Commenting on the proposed diminution of ferry services in west Lochaber, the Scottish Crofting Federation believes that the general thrust of the review appears to be one of withdrawing and diminishing routes in peripheral areas at a moment when island and some remote mainland communities finally have the opportunity to benefit from the introduction of Road Equivalent Tariff.


GMOs won’t feed us - diverse seeds will: UK conference makes clear call against GMOs

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Farmers, crofters, activists and NGOs who gathered at the 7th European conference of Let’s Liberate Diversity have restated their commitment to keeping seed diversity alive on their farms and in their gardens so that the world can have good food in the future.

Organised by the Scottish Crofting Federation and held in Strathpeffer in the Scottish Highlands, the delegates sent a resounding message rejecting GMOs to the UK corporations, institutions, organisations and government that are trying to soften up the British public to accept GM food and animal feeds.



Friday, March 02, 2012

GMOs, patenting and legal restrictions on farm-saved seed have made the seeds of our food crops a hotly contested and controversial topic - an issue that the 7th international agricultural biodiversity forum ‘Lets Liberate Diversity’ will tackle in Strathpeffer, near Inverness, from 9 to 11 March 2012.

Bringing together key organisations: the Scottish Crofting Federation, Garden Organic, the UK Food Group, Practical Action, and European and African partners, this year’s Highland location highlights the contribution Scottish crofters have made towards maintaining important local crop and vegetable varieties as well as rare breeds of native livestock. The forum is entitled “Celebrating Crofters Seeds and Breeds.”


Excellent job opportunity with the Natural Vegetable Company

Friday, March 02, 2012

The Natural Vegetable Company ( was established ten years ago to grow and trade in organically grown produce in the Inverness area. A complete range of seasonal vegetables are grown in commercial polytunnels and on a field scale on the ten acres holding at Torbreck on the edge of Inverness. Produce is traded by way of a box scheme to regular customers and to restaurants and hotels. The business now well established requires assistance to develop and expand. We are looking to fill what would initially be a part-time position for an assistant to get involved in all aspects of a developing business. It is anticipated that training in practical aspects of the business will be provided. This could lead on to a full time post.

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