Nourish Scotland are pleased to announce that applications for their Making a Living from Local Food programme 2018 are now open. 

For the third year running, Nourish Scotland will be offering mentoring and peer-to-peer-support to 15-20 aspiring and recently established local food entrepreneurs from across Scotland. The programme runs for 10 months from February – November 2018. The application deadline is Monday the 29th of January. 

Is it for me?

  • Are you a grower, crofter, dairy producer, baker, butcher, juice-maker, retailer, caterer…?
  • Are you passionate about making tasty, nutritious and sustainably produced food available locally through short supply chains?
  • Are you in the process of setting up a local food enterprise (within the next 6 months) or have just started one (<3 years)?
  • Would you like to get support from an experienced mentor and meet and learn from other local food entrepreneurs from across Scotland?
  • Do you have the time and energy to focus in and give your enterprise a real boost in 2018?

How does it work?

The programme is designed to offer you tailored support, wherever you’re at with your local food enterprise:

  • You’ll be part of a peer group of 5-7 participants in roughly the same area, and matched with one mentor. This year’s mentors are Rob Davidson from The Cyrenians Farm near Edinburgh, Howard Wilkinson from the Ayrshire Food Network in Ayrshire and Jo Hunt from Knockfarrel Produce in the Inverness area.
  • Over the course of the 10 months, you’ll meet 5 times with your peer group for a session facilitated by your mentor. Together you can explore particular themes and challenges in developing and running your businesses. Where possible, these sessions will be hosted in turns by you and other participants at your own farms/businesses, to maximise learning.
  • You’ll spend 5 one-to-one hours with your personal mentor over the course of the programme (phone/skype/in person) and you can decide when.
  • You’ll be invited to attend 3 whole-group events hosted in locations across Scotland.  These events full days, themed, and offer a busy programme including a workshop, guest speaker, a potluck lunch sharing local produce, and at least one site visit.
  • You’ll have access to various resources and materials online and to the Facebook group to connect with other local food producers.

You can find more information and how to apply here. If you have any questions about the programme, don’t hesitate to e-mail at