Crofters and others in North Lewis are being invited to find out more about polycrubs and crop diversificaton at an event in August.
Rob Black – SAC Consultant Lewis & Harris - says: "Looking for some croft diversification options? Are you a prospective vegetable grower? Do you want to add a fresh enterprise onto your current crofting business?
"In the face of Brexit and the ever changing agricultural and economic climate the need for executable and viable ideas are more important than ever.
"To survive the changes to come it is imperative that we adapt too and consider what new enterprises we can implement that will continue to keep crofting agriculture alive well into the future and help business to thrive moving forward."
SAC Consulting Stornoway are delighted to be holding an event on 21st August 2018 at Ness Social Club. (VENUE changes since this was first posted!)
Audrey Litterick from Earth Care Technical and one of the authors of Horticulture: A Handbook for Crofters, will take some practical and advisory seminars on vegetable growing in a crofting situation.
There will be a conservation discussion looking at the environmental and ecological elements to this type of enterprise.
Martin Adil-Smith of HebVeg has kindly given permission for an on-site look at the design and technical specifications of the polycrub as well as his first hand account of his established crofting enterprise experience.
An SAC Consultant will also cover some advisory guidance on the grant application process. Further details will be released in the coming weeks.
A polycrub is a significantly more robust version of a polytunnel. They are perfect for growing a range of fruits and vegetables throughout the year that are typically subject to seasonal limitations or normally not suitable for the harsher environment of Lewis & Harris.
The framework is made of recycled plastic tubing which has been reinforced which are secured in concrete for a strong and stable fixing on site. The cladding consists of twin polycarbonate shatterproof sheeting that can withstand heavy impacts. This makes them ideal for the windy weather.
For more information of the purchase of a polycrub unit, the suppliers Nortenergy contant information can be found at www.nortenergy.co.uk.
For construction it is Chris Mayer at Western Isles Polycrubs or at AMK Construction who now stockpile the materials on the island.
SAC are anticipating a high volume of interest in the event so places will be limited and booking is essential.