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World Soils Day December 5th 2016

World Soil Day

This year the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)  is linking World Soils Day with the 2016 theme “Soils and pulses: a symbiosis for Life”.

To celebrate World soils day 2016, here is a selection of photos from schools in Crofting Connections and our partner project NECOFA Kenya to show the importance of learning how to look after our soils, probably the most precious and most neglected of resources on Earth.

Pupils prepare the soil, test the pH, irrigate the soil, sow seeds, tend plants and finally enjoy the harvest.

Keills primary pupils testing pH on four different soils on Islay Lomayana primary pupil planting seeds in modules to help retain moisture in the school garden near Lake Baringo

Sgoil Lionacleit pupil spreads well rotted seaweed to help retain moisture on the machair in Benbecula Lomayana primary pupil planting seeds in modules to help retain moisture in the school garden near Lake Baringo

Latest News
What next for Crofting Connections?
Posted: 02/12/2016

This year, we are reviewing the strategy for the Crofting Connections programme to make sure it will thrive over the next few years.

Read full article: What next for Crofting Connections?

Education, education, education — West Highland and Island style?
Posted: 17/10/2016

Duncan Ferguson has been associated with Crofting Connections for many years, since his time as head teacher at Plockton High School. His extensive knowledge of education, Gaelic, crofting and culture in the Highlands and Islands are of great benefit to the Crofting Connections steering group and we welcome his recommendations to John Swinney in this article published in the West Highland Free Press on 6th October 2016.

Read full article: Education, education, education — West Highland and Island style?

Crofting Connections is a Scottish Crofting Federation and Soil Association Scotland project.

Phase 2 was launched in January 2013 and will continue until December 2015.