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Horticulture & Polyunit Growing

Growing veg for local markets and growing under polythene are increasingly popular.  Outlets such as farm shops, end of croft road sales, local hotels and holiday homes provide opportunities for diversification and adding value to sales. In this section we cover some of the basics for growing on a croft or smallholding with guidance notes and recordings of recent webinars.

The surge in crofters and smallholders interest in growing fruit and vegetables as well as an elevated demand for locally sourced foods by current consumers has meant an identification of opportunities to create a food and drink network locally. With current demand outstripping supply this video speaks with Calum Johnston, SAC Food & Drink Consultant about what these opportunities mean as well as a local shop/business owner with an interest in local production. Topics covered are marketing methods, tapping into opportunities, considerations for getting started and some anecdotal examples.

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