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More Great Training from the Scottish Crofting Federation

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 12:54 pm    Post subject: More Great Training from the Scottish Crofting Federation Reply with quote

This might be the wrong section to post this, but I've just come back from a really useful 2-day course run by the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF).

The main topic was Diversification - essentially looking at how crofters (and other smallholders and woodland owners) can diversify their activities and income sources.

Subjects covered included:
- Food labelling, packing and preparation
- Use of social media to promote products and services
- Internet-based sources of income-generation to support the crofting activity
- Community renewable energy projects
- Tapping into tourism opportunities
- Collective and community local food marketing
- Care farming
- Craft production and marketing.

Good speakers who knew their stuff, and plenty of discussion. Not bad for 40 quid for two days.

IMHO, a very fitting course for the "shoulder season" in which we need to be developing more localised, sustainable business models, but still operating in a business-as-usual economy.

There were some interesting views on local food sales and farmer's markets. Some (including myself) believe that it is possible to be in the same pricing ball-park as the supermarkets when producing and selling food locally, whereas others seemed to feel that it was appropriate to put a price premium on locally produced stuff being sold through a farmer's or community market. As yet I only have limited experience in this area, and would be interested in what others think.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Scottish Crofting Federation is a great organisation. We went on one of their weekend courses a couple of years ago.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was it the two day "Introduction to Crofting" one? If so, we did that last October. Excellent.

The SCF is certainly doing some good stuff at the moment although, like crofting itself, it seems to be split between the old guard ("If it ain't got sheep it ain't crofting") and the more forward thinking folks who are pushing the envelope as to what crofting is.

They seem to be a good counter-balance to some of the more extreme opinions that seem to permeate crofting from time to time. A recent battle with the Crofting Commission involves the Commission's intention that crofters should inform on one another if they notice that a croft is being neglected or the crofter is absent. While the motivation is laudable, one can only imagine how such a policy could pan out!

An excellent recent initiative is the "Crofting Produce" mark - a quality / trade mark that can be used on food and craft products. It's getting off to a slow start, but I'm sure it will develop in time.
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