Crofting Connections is moving to the Scottish Crofting Federation
The management of Crofting Connections is moving from Soil Association Scotland to the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) after the end of March 2017.
Soil Association has brought a lot to the project – a deep connection with the soil, of course, a focus on horticulture and livestock, especially traditional seeds and breeds, vast experience of small-scale mixed family farming, all aspects which it has in common with the Scottish Crofting Federation. In addition, the Soil Association brought lots of experience of working with schools and communities, along with links to a vast network of regional and national organisations working in food, farming, education and health. It leaves a project which has touched the lives of many children and young people, their teachers and their families, and is ready to move forward in 2017 in a world that is very different from that of 2009, when the project began.
We are now in the process of raising funds to start a new chapter for Crofting Connections under the management of the Scottish Crofting Federation, subject to the success of our bids. It feels right to move to the heart of crofting. We see real benefits in moving to the SCF: crofting is the key focus for both SCF and Crofting Connections. They share common geography and common aims – the promotion of active crofting and thriving crofting communities. No other organisation or project in Scotland has this exclusive focus and we will be able to join our voices in the Scottish Government’s consultation on the National Development Plan for Crofting as part of a sustainable rural economy, which will inform a new Crofting Bill later in the parliament.
Thanks to those of you who contributed by e-survey, telephone interviews and face to face workshops in the autumn of 2016 as part of the consultation about our next steps – we had an overwhelmingly positive mandate to continue the project under the management of the SCF. Soil Association Scotland will continue to be involved in the project steering group.
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