Local Food Production NPA

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.

Entry requirements

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?

1 Years

Where can I study my course?

    • Colaisde Bheinn na Faoghla (Benbecula)

Start date

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.

Career opportunities

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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Please contact Benbecula Campus on 01851 770 508

or email hazel.smith@uhi.ac.uk

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Lews Castle College UHI. Lews Castle College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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