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Partners and Supporters

Lead Partners

The Scottish Crofting Federation is the only member-led organisation dedicated to promoting crofting and it is largest association of small-scale food producers in the UK.

Soil Association Scotland promotes planet-friendly farming and healthy food through education, campaigns and community programmes.

The steering group

The project was supported by a steering group with representatives from key organisations and agencies in the seven local authorities in the crofting counties – Argyll and the Islands, Highland, Western Isles, Moray, North Aryshire (Arran), Orkney and Shetland. Other key organisations represented were Education Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Highlands & Islands Enterprise. Together they brought a wealth of expertise and commitment to the project in areas such as policy, crofting, education, Gaelic and the Northern dialects, cultural and environmental heritage and sustainable development. The steering group met twice a year.

Other project Partners

Our project partners were Argyll & Bute Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Highland Council, Moray Council, North Aryshire (Arran), Orkney Islands Council and Shetland Islands Council.

Shawbost pupils learn about pig keeping

Working with other organisations

Crofting Connections worked in schools in the context of Curriculum for Excellence. To this end, the project was in dialogue with Education Scotland to ensure that the programme of work helped to deliver the learning experiences and outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence.

Linking the curriculum
The curriculum needs to include space for learning beyond subject boundaries, so that learners can make connections between different areas of learning.

Through interdisciplinary activities of this kind, young people can develop their
organisational skills, creativity, teamwork and the ability to apply their learning in new and challenging contexts.

A Curriculum for Excellence: Progress and Proposals

Local crofters and the Scottish Crofting Federation were key to setting the context of the project in each crofting community.

Crofting Connections worked with local organisations such as museums and heritage centres, environmental and horticulture groups. This helped to create strong local support for the project and hopefully to secure its legacy in each crofting community.

lionacleit school dry stone walling class

Latest News
Heritage crofting seeds for 2017 season
Posted: 04/05/2017

This year some schools have received seeds for sowing in late April/early May.

Read full article: Heritage crofting seeds for 2017 season

Crofting Connections: A gateway to the fashion industry.
Posted: 31/03/2017

The Scottish press are getting excited by the new generation of weavers being encouraged in schools in the Western Isles now and we feel Crofting Connections is playing its part in nurturing this.  With ‘taster’ S2 sessions in the Nicolson Institute and an SQA award in Harris Tweed for S5/S6 as well as our own experiences linking Crofting, Careers and Culture in Ceangal gatherings reported in this website, weaving is now opening hearts and minds in our young workforce and giving them further reasons to stay in the rural locations they grow up in.

Read full article: Crofting Connections: A gateway to the fashion industry.

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.