Agri-tourism monitor farms

Thursday March 14th, 2019

Two farms have been selected to develop their food tourism business and encourage others to follow their example.Ohio Farm.  Evening view of farm on Sharrott Road, North Lima, Ohio.

Working with other farms, estates and crofts, the two new agri-tourism monitor farms located in East Lothian and Dunbartonshire will help to improve their profitability, productivity and sustainability through practical demonstrations and sharing of best practice.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing made the announcement, which was a Programme for Government commitment, while visiting one of these agri-tourism monitor farms at Castleton Farm, North Berwick.

Mr Ewing said:

“We want farmers and crofters to become more productive, profitable and sustainable, adapting to new practices and willing to innovate in order to secure business viability for future generations.

Shantron and Castleton Farms are fantastic examples of farmers developing agri-tourism, which has not only driven new income streams, but has also generated thousands of visitors on to farms to learn about food and how it is produced. That is why I have asked them to engage with their peers to share their experience, best practice and facilitate discussions within the sector.

By doing so, I hope others will follow their lead, helping to improve the sectors overall sustainability and profitability for the next generation. This investment in skills and knowledge sharing will contribute to the continued growth of the vibrant agri-tourism sector in Scotland, which is a key part of the new Food Tourism Strategy.”

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