Crofting Connections is an educational project, which will enable over 3,000 young people aged 3 to 18 living in remote rural communities throughout the Highlands & Islands to learn about crofting past, present and future.
The traditional crofting principles of providing food, shelter, clothing, energy and entertainment are very much aligned with the 21st Century desire for sustainability and offer tremendous opportunity for outdoor learning and place based education.
Some of the Highland and Moray Crofting Connections schools have had a chance to experience these crofting principles at first hand by visiting Marina Dennis’ croft at Inchdryne near Nethy Bridge in the Cairngorms. Marina’s croft has been in her family for over 100 years. Her uncle built the current croft house in 1850 which unusually incorporates a built-in cheese press which is still occasionally used today.
Children heard about growing cereals, looking after animals and all the equipment needed in a modern croft especially the most important one - Pip the collie. Some feedback from the children included ‘After meeting you we were inspired to learn more about crofting…....Thank you for explaining and letting us hold the key to the past’.
You can read all about the visit from Abernethy PS in their own words in the Crofter magazine available online at the link below in a few weeks.
Abernethy pupils also explain how they went on to do more work at the Highland folk park by harvesting tatties and cooking up traditional Scottish dishes. They have big plans now to cook lots more of these recipes in school during their lunch club.
Craigellachie PS also heard about Crofting practices in Moray in the 19th Century from retired teacher Linda Mitchell who spent her early childhood summers on a croft near Rothes. Read more about this visit in our news items.
Seed tatties, cereals, vegetables and flowers have been distributed to nearly all our 123 Crofting Connections schools for this season. It’s great to hear that the warm weather in West Highland allowed Lochcarron PS to start planting already!Read full article: Planting started for 2014 Crofting Connections season
Pupils in Crofting Connections PS in Lochcarron were looking for ways their interest in all things wool could be sustained in their school for future classes.Read full article: Crafty Crofters in Lochcarron