Crofting Connections was part of the Food Education activities at Living Food in Cawdor Castle on 20th September along with RHET, RoWAN, Highland Council Catering, Slow Food Scotland and Food for Life Scotland.
Children and parents got a chance to explore the full cycle of food from earth to plate. From how healthy food starts in healthy soil, to what can a garden grow in North of Scotland and what’s really on our plate. See more about the cycle here
RHET and RoWAN provided activities such as making paper pots, planting seeds and the compost jigsaw, Slow Food Scotland ran Taste Adventure sessions where children experienced food through all 5 senses, Food for Life Scotland provided the Seasonal Snap to help find out what can be grown when in Scotland and the Highland Council Catering team had traybakes made with local fruit and vegetables for people to sample and buy.
Crofting Connections had a very busy stall where children became millers by grinding some grain. They were also able to sample bannocks made fresh with beremeal grown in Orkney with preserves made from berries found in the hedges in Scotland. See some more information on Bannocks with recipes here
One of the highlights of Crofting Connections this year has been widening our work in secondary schools, starting with a gathering in Assynt in October 2014, with secondary pupils, teachers and crofters, supported by Crofting Connections and the Scottish Crofting Federation. Nearly a third of these pupils live on working crofts, some in community-owned crofting estates. Over half said they would like to work in their communities after finishing their studies.Read full article: Films from the Crofting In Schools Gathering in Assynt
Kinlochbervie High School trips normally involve a trip south, west or east but rarely north. Last month 11 S2-5 Crofting Connections pupils and 2 staff drove the 90 miles north to get the first of 3 ferries at Scrabster to take them to visit Whalsay Junior High School via Orkney and Shetland mainland.Read full article: Northern school travels north