Agroecology: strengthening livelihoods
Agroecology, farming with nature, is a way of farming that can strengthen the livelihoods of food producers and increase the resilience of our food systems. It can also help tackle the biodiversity and climate emergencies and towards Scotland’s vision of sustainable and regenerative agriculture. (see: agroecology in Scotland Policy Brief )
The policy context is changing, and farmers are increasingly being asked to deliver environmental benefits.
More and more farmers, crofters and growers across Scotland are interested in implementing agroecological practices. But it’s not always easy to find the support needed to try out different ways of farming. Many food producers want this to be peer-to-peer learning, with farmers leading the way.
Farmer to Farmer – Knowledge Exchange Programme:
We have developed a peer-to-peer knowledge exchange programme for food producers to come together and learn with each other. We are visiting each other’s farms, meeting online and having lunch together. Farmers are chatting with other farmers about their latest techniques, sharing how they have transitioned into agroforestry, how they are implementing herbal leys, or how they are managing common grazings. They’re also giving advice on how to increase biodiversity while ensuring profitability.
20 Feb 7pm. Biodiversity Audits for crofters and farmers, developing the next steps’. Register here.
29 Feb 6.30pm. Novel crops: supporting biodiversity & profitability on Scotland’s farms. Register here
7 March 7.00pm . Tree hay – using trees as livestock fodder. Register here
Join us in person
There’s 7 topic-based groups and a couple of multi-topic farm visits. You can decide to join one of these or dip in and out of what the different groups offer.
Join us online
We are developing a series of 6 webinars on agroecology September – January. You can expect in-depth conversations and panel dicussions on topics like common grazings, agroforestry & farming in a changing climate.