crofting 19 November 2018

Helping the Rye-volution: Crofter-to-Crofter Seed Practice Day

A small but determined and engaged group of crofters from the isle of Lismore in Argyle and from Lochaber undertook the long journey to Uist last weekend, braving  ferry cancellations and road closures.  The aim: to learn about cereal seed growing in a crofting context, i.e. for small-scale producers in the north west of Scotland.  […]

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crofting 21 November 2019

sìol arbhair – A Year of Heritage Grain Growing in the Highlands

Maria Scholten, Regional Coordinator for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, has been working hard with crofters this year to bring more of the heritage grains back into rotation. Hear about her work and how to get involved: We began our grain work early this year with a visit to Uist to learn about grain […]

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Community groups 22 March 2021

Maria Scholten: A Life in Seed

This February marked the retirement of our much-loved Seed Sovereignty coordinator for Scotland, Maria Scholten. Having been part of the Seed Sovereignty Programme since the beginning and having dedicated much of her working life to seed, we took to the chance to talk to Maria about her career, the crofting traditions of Uist and the legacy […]

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crofting 25 March 2021

Uncommon Grains: Research Published!

Reviving Rare Oats, Spreading Bere Barley and (Re)Developing the Machinery to Process Them   At the start of February, as the snow fell and the sky brooded, the grain growers of our Welsh and Scottish networks grabbed a coffee, signed on to Zoom, and settled in for a long day of talking oats, bere barley […]

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