Family farming businesses in Aberdeenshire and Orkney can now register for the fourth year of The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme.

The programme is run by The Prince's Countryside Fund with local partners in 15 locations across the UK. Up to 20 farming families can join the initiative in each location and receive free business skills training.

Gaining Ground event

Do you want to provide opportunities for people to benefit from experiences working with the land and animals?

Join the Gaining Ground project for lunch and networking at Glachbeg Croft.

Providers and support organisations will share their knowledge and experiences, plus a tour of Glachbeg Croft and group discussions.

Funded by Highland LEADER and Moray LEADER, Gaining Ground will run until May 2020 and is aimed at crofters and smallholders in Highland and Moray.

Women in Crofting

Would you be interested in a Women in Crofting network?

The Scottish Crofting Federation will be holding an informal meeting on Thursday 30 May at the Spectrum Centre, Inverness 12.30-14.30 to look at this.

The aim is that this initial meeting will establish the purpose and format of the group and what the group would like to achieve, for example, training, support, study trips etc.

Tea and Coffee will be available. Please bring lunch.

Scottish Land and Estates are now seeking nominations for the 2019 round of the Helping it Happen Awards.

Now into their third year, the awards are looking to build on past success and acknowledge the enormous contribution that rural businesses make to the Scottish economy.

A recent two-day conference celebrated rising interest in trees on crofts and saw the launch of a best practice handbook.

180 delegates from across the crofting counties gathered in Boat of Garten on 9 and 10 May 2019 at the conference hosted by the Croft Woodlands Project. 

The event celebrated nearly thirty years of croft woodlands since the Crofter Forestry Act of 1991, as well as four years of the Croft Woodlands Project.  Attendees heard from speakers including Woodland Trust CEO Beccy Speight and Scottish Forestry CEO Jo O’Hara.

A new group will develop ideas on farms that could provide practical, innovative solutions to help climate change mitigation.

Under reforms to the Farming for a Better Climate (FFBC) the new farmer-led initiative will help to drive low-carbon, environmentally sustainable farming practices in Scotland.

Field Lab: Plant Teams

Join Soil Association Scotland on the Isle of Lismore for a special crofting meeting of our Plant Teams field lab, looking at growing multiple crops together for better outcomes, also called intercropping.

Ethical Farming Conference

The conference will explore models of food production that have a focus on fair work for people, high welfare for livestock, environmentally regenerative closed-loop production and sustainable circular economies.

The event will take place at Rainton Farm in South West Scotland, home of The Ethical Dairy, the largest cow with calf dairy farm in Europe.

You can see the event programme and find out more about the conference on the event website: 

Tickets should be booked by 8 May 2019.