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#NourishElectionAsks – Ask 5: Increase Provision of Land for Food Production

Person working in a potato field

With the local elections right around the corner, Nourish is asking candidates to support our ideas for how Local Authorities can catalyse some vital changes in our food system. Full details of the #NourishElectionAsks and how to sign up as a supporter are available here. From now, until […]

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Why Scotland’s Climate Change Plan needs an organic target

Agriculture has to be part of Scotland’s mission to address climate change. At the moment agriculture is lagging behind waste and energy in making significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, while accounting for nearly a quarter of Scotland’s emissions. Including a target of 5% of Region 1 […]

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Field of Enquiry V: Soil & Sustainability

Our soils – we ask so much of them yet take so little care of them. Miesbeth Knottenbelt, Nourish member & volunteer, reports on the fifth session of the 2000m2 Field of Enquiry series at Whitmuir The Organic Place, on Saturday the 28thth of January, which focused […]

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The Food Leadership Programme: Securing the future of Tombreck farm

What if you’re a farmer approaching retirement age without succession arrangements in place? Sue Manning and Tober Brown, the current owners of Tombreck Farm in Perthshire, are facing this dilemma – as do many farmers in Scotland. At the beginning of December, a group of participants from […]

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Making a Living from Local Food #6: Iain Withers

In 2016, we ran a new coaching programme, Making a Living from Local Food, offering free mentoring and peer-to-peer-support to aspiring and recently established local food entrepreneurs from across Scotland.  It was a diverse bunch of new entrant farmers, crofters, processors, bakers, distributors and caterers. At the […]

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Making a Living from Local Food #4: Clare Jackson

In 2016, we ran a new programme, Making a Living from Local Food, offering free mentoring and peer-to-peer-support to aspiring and recently established local food entrepreneurs from across Scotland.  It was a diverse bunch of new entrant farmers, crofters, processors, bakers, distributors and caterers. This week, we’ll be […]

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Making a Living from Local Food #3: Ross McKinstry

In 2016, we ran a new programme, Making a Living from Local Food, offering free mentoring and peer-to-peer-support to aspiring and recently established local food entrepreneurs from across Scotland.  It was a diverse bunch of new entrant farmers, crofters, processors, bakers, distributors and caterers. This week, we’ll be […]

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Making a Living from Local Food #2: Roz Corbett

In 2016, we ran a new programme, Making a Living from Local Food, offering free mentoring and peer-to-peer-support to aspiring and recently established local food entrepreneurs from across Scotland.  It was a diverse bunch of new entrant farmers, crofters, processors, bakers, distributors and caterers. This week, we’ll be […]

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Making a Living from Local Food #1: Adam Veitch

In 2016, we ran a new coaching programme, Making a Living from Local Food, offering free mentoring and peer-to-peer-support to aspiring and recently established local food entrepreneurs from across Scotland.  It was a diverse bunch of new entrant farmers, crofters, processors, bakers, distributors and caterers. Over the […]

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Access to land for farmers in Europe

Rural landscape in Perthshire

We think it’s bad in Scotland.  But Europe has lost one third of its farmers in the last 12 years.  Of course we lost most of our small farmers many years ago, and we still have on average much larger farms than Germany, France, the Netherlands and […]

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