What is special about this course?
A new course in crofting skills and business development available to all.
‘Local Food Production’ is designed to prepare young people and new starters to consider the world of food, from the theory, to the production and business of developing a product.
Prospective students are likely to be new crofters, have a new product to develop, or have studied the Crofting Year course previously. There are no formal entry requirements, though the course is 50% theory.
Sustainable Food Production. A geography-based unit, discussing food markets and industries, and their global and local implications.
Primary Food Production. There is a choice here of Horticulture or Animal Husbandry.This is a practical unit on the croft, you will devise a 5-month plan for managing your live ‘product’, implement it, and then analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the plan.
Routes to Market. The learner will investigate the local and national market, conduct market research, design a product, create a business and financial plan, and consider a strategy for marketing the product. This will be delivered with the help of those active in the local food industry.
How will I study my course?
- Part Time
The course is delivered face to face, over 2 afternoons per week. The time is evenly split between theory and practical.
How long will my course last?
Where can I study my course?
- Colaisde Bheinn na Faoghla (Benbecula)
25 January 2016
Most full-time students will have their fees paid.
Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.
What can I do on completion of my course?
The course is a good introduction to HE subjects such as business and accounting, rural studies and sustainable development.
The course is designed to provide the basic steps for considering the diversification options for crofting, with the chance to develop and test product and business ideas to be carried forward into the market.
Is there more information available online?
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