The seventh edition of the forum was organised by the European Coordination: Let’s Liberate Diversity in conjunction with the Scottish Crofting Federation, Heritage Seed Library/Garden Organic, Practical Action and other members of the UK Food Group. The Scottish Crofting Federation hosted this event in conjunction with the Crofters Annual Gathering.
The forum celebrated Crofters’ Seeds and Breeds and we looked at how these contribute to sustainable land use, agricultural biodiversity and the high nature value of the crofting counties. The programme included presentations on Crofting Culture, the Rare Breeds National Action Plan, Running a Heritage Croft, Native Breeds, native crop varieties, a poster exhibition, seed exchange and a film festival. A variety of workshops, including Food Sovereignty, Sustainable Food, Land Tenure, Potato Diversity in Scotland, Farmers Rights and EU legislation on Seeds allowed small farmers from across Europe to discuss common interests.