First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has launched a food education programme for children and young people at the Royal Highland Show. 

The Good Food Futures programme is backed by £1 million of investment and will teach children and young people about Scotland's food industry.

Stirling High was a hive of activity on Thursday (6 June) as the local food community gathered for the launch of Alive with Local Food: a joint initiative, by Stirling Council and Forth Valley and Lomond Leader, to support and develop the local food sector. The Scottish Rural Network were also there, camera's at the ready - so stay tuned for our upcoming film from the event!

In this report, the Rural Youth Project tell us about an inspiring learning journey to the Netherlands.

The Rural Youth Project and Scottish Enterprise Urban/Rural Learning Journey was a collaboration to engage participants to “think different” regarding rural enterprise, sustainability and agriculture.

The shortlist for the first Young Women in Tourism Awards has been announced.

The awards are run by Women in Tourism, an organisation created to motivate, inspire, support and encourage women across the sector, and  support the next generation of industry leaders.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh on 12 June 2019. 

Susan Russell, Chair of Women In Tourism commented:

A new local food strategy for the Stirling area will be launched at a free event on 6 June.

The 'Alive with Local Food' strategy will be unveiled by Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER and Stirling Council at Stirling High School on Thursday 6 June 2019 at 4.30pm.

The strategy aims to support a vibrant local food economy, invest in people, build a resilient future for the sector and showcase the best of the local larder.

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.

Are you aged 16-25 and live in rural Scotland? If so, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra want to hear from you.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) is one of Scotland’s five National Performing companies, consisting of 37 players and a new principal conductor.

The SCO are carrying out a short survey and want to hear your thoughts about music, concerts and being a young musician. The survey should only take five to ten minutes to complete and you'll be entered into a prize draw to win tickets to a SCO concert for you and a friend.

Find out how 12 projects across Europe are helping to make rural areas more attractive places for young people to live and work.

A new edition of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) Projects Brochure has been published by the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD). 

You can find out about a range of initiatives including:

The Young Women in Tourism Awards are currently open for entries in four categories.

Those aged 30 and under on 1 January 2019 are eligible to apply for the awards, which is one of the first legacy projects announced for Scotland's Year of Young People.

The award categories are:

The seventh annual British Farming Awards are now open for entries and nominations in 14 categories.

The awards celebrate the creative thinking, innovation and dedication of Britain's farmers. They are organised by AgriBriefing and supported by Morrisons. 

The award categories are: