In the middle of November over 50 pupils in Acharacle, Ardgour and Kilchoan Primary Schools in Ardnamurchan had a chance to learn about crofter cereals, grind some grain and make bannocks at their schools.
Many Ardnamurchan pupils live on or near modern day crofts and the whole area is steeped in crofting history.
In November, Brid had a trip round our three existing Crofting Connections schools to talk about crofting cereals and make some bannocks. Children saw examples of traditional barley (bere) and emmer wheat as well as modern cereal varieties. They heard about how the traditional varieties had a lower yield but were more protective of the soil and environment and how the straw from traditional varieties were used for weaving.
The children used traditional bere grown in Orkney and milled by Barony Mill to make bannocks which seemed to go down very well with some hedgerow jelly.