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  • Taking a look back at what was happening in the agricultural world over the last 100 years.

  • By Alison Mann

    IN FEBRUARY, 1989, Prince Charles’ appeal to farmers to abandon chemical-based intensive cropping methods in favour of natural organic husbandry sparked a rush from amateur gardeners for natural plant foods, chemical-free composts and manures made from cow manure, claimed a supplier. Andrew Ratcliffe, of Tonbridge-based Stimgro, said the prince’s speech seemed to have persuaded  many previously undecided gardners to try organic methods.

  • By Alison Mann
    It was announced in 1989 the potato collection which won its way into the Guiness Book of Records was to be kept going, though on a limited scale. At its peak, Donald MacLean, Dornock Farm, Crieff, had around 400 varieties of potato, but had scaled down the collection considerably before his death in October 1988. Mrs MacLean told The Scottish Farmer that she indeded to keep around 200 of the varieties on the farm, and felt it was an appropriate memorial to her husband’s life-long interests.

  • A MORAYSHIRE farmer got a fright when he found a live hand grenade in his field in 2003. Alan Watson, who found the grenade while grading potatoes at his farm near Keith, tapped it against a wooden boc, thinking it was just a dirty spud. “When the earth fell off it, I realised my mistake,’ said Mr Watson. “I just put it down and got clear of the area. I’m glad I didn’t tap it too hard.”

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  • We approach two garden sheds with the doors wide open, and from inside there emanates a racket that gives the impression of some fairly robust sawing and hammering. Along with the haze of sawdust that fills the air and has settled on most of the lawn, it is clear that there is some energetic woodwork going on inside.

  • By Karen Carruth
    Photographs: Rob Haining

    When you look closely at one of Victoria Kerr’s paintings, you begin to question whether it is a painting or a photograph. The detail is exquisite, and you can only imagine that there must be a great love of the subject to produce such results.

  • By Alison Mann
    Photographs: Jacqueline Adamson

    IT ALL started from a simple idea to make better use of lesser used cuts of meat, but now Mr C’s pies is an award-winning pie company supplying pies to some of the top places in Scotland.

  • By Karen Carruth

    It is inspiring to meet people who have set goals in their life and are working towards them at a pace. However, as Pippa Davie will testify with a shake of her head: “Do we have to reach them all in the one year?”
    It is all happening at Perkhill Estates, with their Aberdeen-Angus herd building up nicely, and their three holiday cottages attracting a high occupancy rate.

  • For many artisan producers, receiving awards and achieving recognition from chefs within your first year may seem like something of a dream come true but for Robert Mackenzie and his Ross-shire based Cullisse Highland Rapeseed Oil, that situation is very much a reality

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