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Plant Teams Field Lab: Tools for small-scale grain processing

Public event
6 November 2019, 12.30–5.30pm
at The Shieling Project, Dunmaglass Struy, Beauly IV4 7JX
for crofters, farmers and land managers
Plant Teams events look at growing multiple crops together for better outcomes

Join us for another special crofting meeting of our Plant Teams field lab, looking at growing multiple crops together for better outcomes.

  • Visit outdoor learning centre The Shieling Project, where crofter Sam Harrison has been intercropping with a Uist seed mix, as well as a mixture of peas and oats.
  • See practical demonstrations of tools for separating, threshing, milling, and bruising grain. If you have any relevant tools please email Clem Sandison and bring them along.
  • Discuss how to design, build and share any hard-to-get tools, with expertise from Fergus Walker (Common Good Food) who will demonstrate his bike-powered oat mill.
  • Get practical advice and share knowledge about intercropping with other crofters, Ali Karley from the James Hutton Institute’s DIVERSify project and Robin Walker from the ReMIX project at SRUC.
  • Try your hand at making sourdough bannocks using different Scottish grains with Clem Sandison (Soil Association Scotland) and Adam Veitch (Doughies, micro-bakery). Stay later to cook them (see info below).
  • See the cows being milked at 5pm.

Free lunch and hot refreshments provided. Booking is required. Book online.

For more information call Clem Sandison on 0131 370 8150 or email.

Why not stay over?

You’re invited to stay for the evening and help cook bannocks on the fire, share a delicious communal meal and watch a film.  Accommodation is available in the six-person bothies on-site.  Total cost is £30 per person for an evening meal, bunk bed and breakfast. To book for the night please contact: sam@theshielingproject.org

Run by Soil Association Scotland with funding from the SRDP Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (Scottish Government/European Union), with partner funding from Scottish Forestry, Innovative Farmers and The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation. This event is also supported by the James Hutton Institute, SRUC and The Gaia Foundation.


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.