Crofting Skills for Local Food

The Scottish Crofting Federation are pleased to announce a new training project which will run until the end of March 2022, offering both practical face to face and on-line courses.  These free courses are aimed at those people aged 25 and over, who are unemployed, at risk of redundancy or require upskilling/retraining.

Our Crofting Skills for Local Food Project is funded by Scottish Government’s National Training Transition Fund and will be needs led working towards the following outcomes: –

  • Participants will develop core primary and secondary production skills relevant to local food production.
  • Participants will gain knowledge and confidence in a range of marketing options and able to choose the most appropriate for their situation.
  • Participants will be upskilled to develop small scale food production activities, thus improving their diversification and income generation potential on the croft.
  • Crofters and aspiring crofters will have the opportunity to explore and implement appropriate diversification opportunities suitable to their time, skills and land, generating more income from primary and secondary production.
  • Crofters and their local community will in time be better integrated, providing access to a greater variety and quantity of croft produced, locally sourced, nature friendly food and products, reducing carbon impact by lowering food miles and improving community resilience to supply system shocks.

Interested?  Email training@crofting with your course ideas and to be added to our training newsletter.