Event Summary - North East Organic Discussion Group August 2018


This event has now taken place.  A summary of the discussion meeting can be found here.

Date: Tuesday 21st August (booking essential either by contacting Aileen Buchanan, SAC Consulting Elgin or online via is link)

Time: 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Location: Meet at Tap o’ Noth Farm, Scurdargue Cottage, Rhynie, Huntly AB54 4HH for guided tour of market garden and then move to the Rhynie Church Hall, 14 The Square, Rhynie AB54 4HD.  Note - there is very limited parking at Tap o’Noth Farm and alternative parking is available at the public Tap o’North car park which is very close to the farm and well sign posted off the A941.

Tap o’ Noth is an 8 acre smallholding and commercial market garden. As well as producing fruits and vegetables, they have free range hens for egg production and dairy goats for their home needs. James Reid, who runs Tap o’ Noth with Rosa Bevan, will host the guided tour and explain about Community Supported Agriculture. Tap o’ Noth Farm’s market garden is only about quarter of an acre but produces enough vegetables to supply up to 50 households with ecologically grown vegetables for 22 weeks of the year.  We will learn about permaculture, bio-intensive methods and see some of their specialist market garden tools and willow windbreaks, look at their crops, hear about rotations, mulching, composting and natural fertilisers plus much more.

From the farm we will move onto the Rhynie Church Hall where Alistair Trail, SAC Consulting Food & Drink consultant, will run a session on the Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS).  Do you will have an innovative challenge or business idea that you have thought about for your farm that would benefit from collaborating with other farmers and industry experts from academia or the private sector?  If so Alistair will be able to advise as to whether RISS might be able to help.

This will be the third meeting of year 2 of the NE Organic Farming Discussion Group.  If you want to know more about the meeting or the discussion group in general please contact Aileen Buchanan, SAC Consulting Elgin on 01343 548787 or e: aileen.buchanan@sac.co.uk.

Please contact Aileen by Friday 17th August to book your place.

 Tap O North Farm market Garden


The North East Organic Farming Discussion Group has been established and funded through the Farm Advisory Service (FAS), facilitated by SAC and now in its second year. The group is Free to join for existing organic producers and those considering converting their business to organic management within the North East area.  The meetings provide a fantastic opportunity to find out about organic farming, to get together to exchange ideas, learn from each other and hear about current research.


Published date: 16 Aug 2018