Educating the next generation of farmers
- The Larder
- 10 May 2010
The Fife college teaching organic and free-range agriculture
In the fertile surrounds of Cupar Muir, just south of Cupar, is a small, organic farm with a difference. College Farm’s main function is to train students from Fife’s Elmwood College, teaching organic and free-range animal husbandry and agriculture to tomorrow’s farmers.
Andrew Todd, Section Manager of Land-based Studies, explains: ‘We use the farm to build organic farming into the National Certificate course in Agriculture. We keep Aberdeen Angus cattle and mixed-breed sheep – Suffolk crosses, Texel crosses and Mules. Crops are barley, and grass and oats, which means the animals’ feed is mainly home-grown.’ In addition, an organic orchard with heritage varieties has been planted.
When it comes to training the chefs and hospitality staff of tomorrow, courses are run at both Elmwood and Adam Smith College, whose chef teams are active nationally and internationally in competitions and demos.