We have a suite of inspirational stories through case studies available. These show various stories including successors, those from a farming background and new blood to the industry. The way each case study has entered farming is unique to them.
Sharing a passion for good food production and managing the environment, Tanya and Colm built their knowledge and skills by undertaking placements on commercial farms. They then set their sights on crofting in their own right in Colonsay, which was made possible through the subletting of a croft.
Through a collaborative approach Tom and Heather successfully purchased their farm in the remote Isle of Coll. They achieved this through forming a partnership with another young couple, which meant they reduced the level of capital required. The couple have some excellent tips from their journey.
Robert Taylor and Christine Croal have followed their dream and purchased a farm. This has been achieved by working hard, saving money and waiting for the right opportunity. This year will bring the couple their first baby, more sheep and hopefully more land!
The brothers were brought up on a farm and both found employment in the oil and gas sector, but always dreamt of purchasing and managing their own farm one day. With hard work and determination the brothers purchased a rundown unit with 162 acres in 2017.
Janet Pringle contract farms at Glenfinglas Estate, which is owned by the Woodland Trust Scotland. This case study highlights the key tips and benefits of joint venture farming for both the contractor and land owner and illustrates how farming and conservation work hand in hand for this agreement.
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