Food and drink

Projects from the Borders to the Outer Hebrides are being awarded grants of up to £5,000 to help to promote food products from their region and establish new markets.

Food festivals, food and drink trails, markets and online shops are among the 22 local and collaborative projects to receive support from the latest round of the Scottish Government’s Regional Food Fund.

Small producers will be able to access a range of new support through a new government pilot to help them become more sustainable.

The Small Producers Pilot Fund has been allocated over £180,000 which will be used to assist small producers and crofters to establish more localized supply chains and cut food miles.

CEA Webinar - Growing vegetable crops in controlled environments

The webinar will provide an introduction to controlled environment agriculture (CEA), also known as protected cultivation or growing. The guest speakers will provide an overview of different forms of CEA, share trends and innovations and explain where the challenges opportunities lie.

An action plan has been published which supports the Culture Strategy for Scotland. The plan provides details of how the Scottish Government will deliver the ambitions of the Culture Strategy.

Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon has praised Scotland’s food and drink sector in a St Andrews Day letter to producers and businesses.

She wrote:

Women in Agriculture Conference

This one-day conference will give you the opportunity to further your knowledge on a range of topics through seminars and break out sessions.

The marine environment could be better protected and new green jobs could be generated to help create stronger local economies and vibrant coastal communities, according to ‘Our Marine Sector in an Independent Scotland’, a new paper published by Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands Secretary Mairi Gougeon.

The Scottish Rural and Islands Parliament (SRIP) is an important opportunity for voice of rural and island communities to help reinforce the importance of local democracy and to help shape the emerging Rural Delivery Plan. The theme of this year’s SRIP was Village Halls and Community Spaces.

Ayrshire RSABI Farm Resilience Programme Introduction Meeting

Farmers in Ayrshire are being invited to attend a free Welcome and Introduction evening at the Volunteer Rooms, Parterre, Irvine KA12 0BA on November 15, starting at 6.30pm. 

Attendees are invited for a sandwich supper followed by the opportunity to hear about the free business support, worth around £2000 per family, which will be on offer via the 2023/24 Farm Resilience Programme, which will run through the winter months and up to lambing time. 

 Scottish agricultural charity RSABI is working with Dyslexia Scotland to raise awareness of the challenges many people involved in farming face with dyslexia.