Agroecology– farming with nature – is only just creeping into the mainstream in farming and crofting practice in Scotland. However, there is a growing wider recognition of the potential of agroecology as a solution.
Agroecological approaches to farm management have significant potential to help Scotland tackle the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity decline whilst building resilience into our food production systems. Additionally, through improving ecosystem health and economic/crop diversification, agroecology can help ensure that agricultural production systems are resilient to future challenges.
Recognizing this potential and the need for improved support and advice for farmers, crofters and growers (see The adoption of agroecological principles in Scottish farming and their contribution towards agricultural sustainability and resilience) a unique partnership of organisations have come together to embed and support the transition to agroecological practices in Scotland through a practical knowledge exchange programme funded by the Scottish Government’s Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) We are committed to support farmers, crofters and growers at all stages of their agroecological journeys in Scotland.
Between August 2022 and March 2023, Nourish Scotland will work with the Landworkers’ Alliance, Pasture for Life, Soil Association Scotland, the Nature Friendly Farming Network and Propagate to facilitate a series of farmer/crofter/grower groups and a wider webinar series. The groups will meet on farms/crofts/market gardens and online and include:
- Pasture Poultry Feed Group– West Coast Focus. For more info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Market Gardening Group – Central Scotland. For more info contact: CMcCulloch@soilassociation.org
- Supporting Biodiversity within Island-Based Farming & Crofting Group – Islay, Jura, Gigha and Colonsay. For more info contact: email@example.com
- Grazing Group – North East Scotland. For more info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Soil Health Group – South West Scotland. For more info contact: email@example.com
- Biodiversity & Profitability Group – Scottish Borders. For more info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
This project builds and expands on previous work undertaken over 2021/22 under the Agroecology: Facilitating Mindset Change project. Through this, 28 participants hosted on farm/croft events with over 300 attendees sharing their knowledge, learning and hopes for the future. You can read the final report and recommendations on how to embed agroecology in Scotland here
Pioneering Agroecology – Examples from Scotland