We're offering new entrants to farming a unique opportunity to help start their business.
In 2012, our pilot offered new entrants the chance to lease part-time starter farms on Scotland's National Forest Estate. Following the pilot's success, which saw two new tenants in Fife, we rolled out the scheme with seven more tenancies.
We developed the initiative alongside our woodland creation activity. This delivers a vital part of Scottish Ministers’ climate change programme. It complements our wider commitment to maximising integrated land use on the Estate.
Successful applicants gain valuable experience in managing their own small-scale farm business. An important step before moving on to larger scale operations at the end of their lease.
We have no Starter Farms opportunities right now.
As well as starter farms, we're creating grazing opportunities on the Estate. These small business units provide new entrants with start-up grazing areas.
Working for the next generation of farmers
The Starter Farms initiative is part of a wider commitment to develop new entrant opportunities across Scotland. It's supported by many public and private organisations in Scotland, who work together through the Farming Opportunities for New Entrants (FONE) group at Scottish Government. It encourages new people into agricultural and rural land-based businesses, matching opportunity with demand.
The Starter Farm Initiative was originally developed in partnership with:
- Scottish Governments Rural Payments & Inspections Department
- National Farmers Union Scotland
- Scottish Tenant Farmers Association
- Scottish Land & Estates
- Crown Estates
- Farm Advisory Service
Meet some of our starter farm tenants
It's always good to hear from others who have been in your situation: