Fife Council

Healthy Land, Healthy People, Healthy Profits

Come along to hear Canadian farmer and educator Tony McQuail explain how this ‘whole farm’ approach to management made his business more productive and profitable, whilst helping the family feel that the farm was 'working for them'. He will explain key Holistic Management principles such as goal-setting, decision-making, planned grazing, infrastructure planning and soil monitoring. He will share how they impacted on his own family satisfaction, farm sustainability and planning for succession.​

Field Lab: Plant Teams

Soil Association Scotland is teaming up with the James Hutton Institute on a field lab, part of a Europe-wide project, to trial crop mixtures or ‘plant teams’. We want to test the potential that inter-cropping peas and beans, for example, has to improve Scottish soils, yield stability and resilience as well as to suppress pests and diseases. 

Come hear from experts Ali Karley (The James Hutton Institute) and Robin Walker (SRUC) to find out which crops might work best together on your farm.

Farming Scotland Conference 2018: Innovations in Farming

A conference that promotes discussion and debate on issues which affect the farming industry, here in Scotland and throughout the world.

The focus of the conference will be on the future, with an exciting line up of speakers sharing their views and experience under the banner of "Innovations in Farming". 

Tea Gardens of Scotland
Name of organisation/business: 
Artisan Tea Gardens Ltd
Funding: 
£99,100 from Angus LEADER, Fife LEADER and Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER
Loch Leven's Larder
Name of organisation/business: 
Loch Leven's Larder
Funding: 
£270,000 Scottish Rural Development Programme funding

Adding Value to Farm Produce

New Entrants to Farming Programme's first ever 'Adding Value to Produce - an Introduction' course.

This course is for you if a shift from selling livestock and crops to selling food and drink, ready for the consumer, is buzzing around your mind in muddled thoughts. It is aimed at new entrants and young farmers with drive and enthusiasm who want to take that first step in exploring and organising these ideas.

The programme will include:

Wood Works Enterprise Taster Weekend

Are you 18-24 years old, interested in setting up a woodland enterprise or developing your crafting skills with a view to selling your hand made products?

Then why not join us for this free taster weekend to try out new skills and think business!

A Culture Strategy for Scotland – Dunfermline’s Culture Conversation

The Scottish Government is developing a Culture Strategy for Scotland. They're holding events in different parts of the country to encourage anyone who has an interest in a strategy to engage with them and contribute to #scotlandscultureconversation. They want to hear your views and ideas about culture in Scotland, and the direction it should take, as well as the main challenges and issues you think the strategy should seek to address.

WoodWorks Enterprise Taster Event

There is a great opportunity coming up for young folk in Scotland, with particular emphasis on Fife, though all are welcome.  This is a chance for young people who are interested in or have made a start establishing a woodland based business to come along and find out about the support that the WoodWorks  programme could offer.  

Fundraising: Make it happen (St Andrews)

This one-day course will raise awareness of the various funding sources available to heritage organisations and projects. It will help you target the private sources of funding best suited to the work you want to do and outline the best practice methods of approach.

The training covers:
– Individual Giving
– Developing your Case for Support
– The Seven Steps of fundraising
– Making the Ask
– How to say ‘Thank you’
– A look at resources, tools and techniques

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