Martin Birse, manager of the SOPA (Scottish Organic Producers Association) certified Pitgaveny Farms, Elgin, was presented with an RHASS 30 year Long Service medal and certificate last month.
His work at Pitgaveny Farms is just one of the many feathers in Martin’s cap, as outside of that he has had a distinguished career as past chairman of the Royal Northern Countryside Initiative, a current board member of the Royal Highland Educational Trust and of REAP Scotland, as well as being the current vice chair of NFU Scotland’s Highland Region. Martin is also currently a SOPA board Director.
Martin has a passion for educating children about farming, and last year he was awarded a lifetime achievement award by Moray Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.
Some of the projects Martin has worked on include the Totally Tatties project, which saw over 1,000 pupils in the north-east of Scotland given the opportunity to grow their own potatoes, as well as assisting with the running of two farmers’ markets in secondary schools. This is as well as volunteering in the education centre at the Highland Show and hosting farm visits for school groups.
Our congratulations go to Martin, and we look forward to seeing what’s next for Pitgaveny Farms!