Making a Living from Local Food – Networking Event

October 2, 2017 @ 9:45 am – 8:30 pm
Falkland Centre for Stewardship
The Stables
Falkland Estate
Falkland KY15 7AF
Miesbeth Knottenbelt

Locavore Glasgow growers – CC Clem Sandison

One-day networking event for newly established and aspiring small food businesses from across Scotland! It will be an opportunity to meet with aspiring and recently established local food entrepreneurs from across Scotland, and to share and learn about what it takes to get a local food enterprise off the ground and keep it going. Many of the 22 participants of Nourish Scotland’s programme Making a Living from Local Food will be there, as well as alumni from previous Nourish programmes and invited others.

Where?               The Stables, Falkland Centre for Stewardship, Fife

(You can find travel directions here: Travel directions Stables, Falkland Estate)

When?                  Monday October 2 2017 from 9.45am, and ending at 6.30 (followed by an opt-in dinner)

Outline programme:

9.45      Arrival and welcome with refreshments
10.15    Start & introductions
10.30   Where are we at with our businesses?
11.45    The challenges and learning points of running a small local food enterprise – Plenary discussion
1.00      Potluck lunch (and stalls to browse)
2.00     Rural Services: queries and updates – Intros and small group sessions with:

  • Farm Advisory Service (Caroline Wood)
  • Soil Association (Alison Muirhead)
  • Business Gateway (Charles Doeg-Smith)
  • Nourish Scotland (Pete Ritchie)

3.20   Talk: Box schemes, farm cafés and shops – commercial opportunities for rural enterprises, and the value of regional thinking (Yvonne Alexander from the ‘Local Food Works‘ initiative in Fife, Bruce Bennett  of Pillar of Hercules (Scotland’s first organic farm), and ANOther Department of Agriculture Officer (TBC))

4.20        Feedback, follow ups and finishing (at 4.45)
5.00        A tour of Meadowsweet Organics market garden OR Falkland Estates with a focus on their organic cattle farming

To round off the day, we invite you to share dinner at Pillars of Hercules Organic Café at 6.30pm -we need at a minimum of 20 people, so TBC.

If you would like to stay overnight and make a weekend trip out of it, camping is available at Pillars, you can book a place at your own cost at:


Food arrangements:

You will be welcomed with baking and refreshments at 9.45.

For lunch: We are organising a potluck lunch for which we are asking everybody to bring something to share.  A basic spread of bread, cheese, drinks and some home-baking will be provided by Nourish to complement this offering.


Fees & booking:

The fee for participating in this day is £10, plus a set price for dinner at the organic cafe (soup, sandwich, coffee and desert) at £15 per person should you be able to join us for that at the end of the day.

To secure your place, please make the payment below and e-mail us on localfood @ with:

  1. Your name;
  2. Whether you can stay for the especially arranged dinner at the end of the day, and if so, whether any of you have strict dietary needs that will need to be accommodated;
  3. The name and location of your local food business (if already established);
  4. Whether you can offer or are looking for a lift, and where you’ll be coming from (when you register, we’ll also send out public transport details)

We would appreciate it if you could respond promptly so that we can finalise the necessary arrangements: by Sept 25

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you cannot confirm your registration but are thinking about joining us for the event. The event fee will help us cover the event costs – but if the fee is in any way a barrier for your participation, please also get in touch.

Please confirm your place for this event by sending us advance payment of the fee (£10 per person attending) and dinner (£15 per person), if desired, by using this Paypal link:

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If you know anyone who is also setting up a local food enterprise or has recently done so who might be interested in joining us for this event, please feel free to share this invitation with them.


Any questions? Just get in touch: localfood @