Crofting Connections has worked with partners to publish useful texts and produced worksheets regularly for use by schools.
This section allows you to download some of these texts and films.
Introduction to Crofting
Schedule of work for Crofting Connections in English and Gaelic.
Some pupils from the Highlands and Western Isles explain in their own words at a gathering in 2014 what Crofting means to them and their hopes and aspirations for a future in Crofting. See Crofting: We are the future, a film directed by Robin Haig.
Crofting Connections has worked with crofters, teachers and scientists at The James Hutton Institute, to produce a book called Soils of the crofts. This is the link to the March 2016 revised edition.
We have also issued posters to accompany this publicaiton which have been sent out to all schools.
Electronic versions of the A2 posters can be viewed in the links below
There is also a comparison report Soils of the Shambas and Crofts prepared by The James Hutton Institute for Kenyan Connections comparing soil samples in Kenya with soils in crofting areas
- Living Genebank: Growing cereals for seed - notes on growing and comparing landrace and modern cereal varieties. English Gaelic
- Crofting Connections seeds 2016: worksheet with notes on soil health, rotations, seed conservation, plant emergence, UN Year of Pulses, global links English
- Crofting Connections seeds 2017: ideas of how to link growing this year’s seeds with Scotland’s Year of Heritage, History and Archaeology English In addition, some historical information from SASA on the varieties of swedes and turnips can be found here.
- Counting Sheep: an exercise in studying the sheep in the local area, starting with counting, and covering all aspects of the shepherds’ year and the products from sheep – meat and wool English Gaelic
Processing and Cooking
- Notes on Milling Grains: a rewarding lesson in producing nutritious freshly ground cereals in the classroom, using small hand operated mills English
- Making Bannocks: recipe and lesson plan for making bannocks using beremeal, the highly nutritious landrace barley still grown and milled in the Northern Isles and once the staple of all crofters’ diets English
- Bannocks - the Crofters’ daily bread: A little history of the bannocks with an alternative recipe for ‘Floory’ Bannocks without using beremeal English
- Green energy from crofts: traditionally, crofters provided their own energy for cooking, mostly from peat and wood. How do we respond to the need to produce sustainable green energy in the 21st century? English
Food and Diet
- Film - Food from the Croft, directed by Robin Haig, and featuring pupils from secondary schools in Highland and the Western Isles, which was submitted to the Good Food Nation consultation in 2014
- Crofters and Fisherfolk: explores the relationship between crofters and fisherfolk during the herring boom of the 19th and 20th centuries, which produced a balanced diet for hard-working crofting and fishing communities not dissimilar from that recommended by nutritionists today English
Heritage crofting seeds for 2017 season
This year some schools have received seeds for sowing in late April/early May. Read full article: Heritage crofting seeds for 2017 season
Crofting Connections: A gateway to the fashion industry.
The Scottish press are getting excited by the new generation of weavers being encouraged in schools in the Western Isles now and we feel Crofting Connections is playing its part in nurturing this. With ‘taster’ S2 sessions in the Nicolson Institute and an SQA award in Harris Tweed for S5/S6 as well as our own experiences linking Crofting, Careers and Culture in Ceangal gatherings reported in this website, weaving is now opening hearts and minds in our young workforce and giving them further reasons to stay in the rural locations they grow up in. Read full article: Crofting Connections: A gateway to the fashion industry.
Crofting Connections is a Scottish Crofting Federation and Soil Association Scotland project.
Phase 2 was launched in January 2013 and will continue until December 2015.