I have been much heartened by what our farming neighbours in West Kintyre have been up to. The Jones of South Muasdale farm have recently harvested crops of oats and barley.
The Scottish climate is ideally suited to these grains. I’ve been cycling by the field for the past few months, watching them grow and mature, and it’s given me hope and nourishment just to see them. If we are to get anywhere near nationally self-sufficient in food, we have to be growing – and eating – both oats and barley (plus its hardy relation- bere) in each of our Scottish bioregions
In the past I’ve seen barley grown on the peninsula – but it’s gone into making whiskey (no objection to this, but we need bread as well!).