Organic Ayshire Farm Wins National Innovation Award
The team from Ayrshire farm Mossgiel, certified by the Scottish Organic Producers Association, was last night awarded the ‘Innovation in Farming’ accolade at Scottish Land and Estate’s Helping it Happen (HiH) awards.
Mossgiel were one of three finalists in the ‘Innovation in Farming’ category, sponsored by Douglas Home & Co, and it was their commitment to organic farming for a sustainable future that saw them scoop the prize.
After beginning their sustainable journey in 2015, Mossgiel now supply the milk from their herd directly to businesses and consumers across the west coast of Scotland. They’re continuing to make waves within the industry with their bid to become the UK’s first plastic-free organic dairy farm. The team at Mosssgiel have taken back control of their future, and have ensured a sustainable future for generations to come.
Nina Clancy, Chief Executive of RSABI and one of the Helping It Happen judges said:
“The fact that Mr Cunningham and his family broke with traditional marketing methods and took back control to turn the business around was inspirational. This type of innovative thinking is what will be needed going forward to tackle ever increasing pressures on farming businesses. Telling people the story of where their food comes from is so important and Mossgeil has a great story to tell!”
The ‘Helping it Happen’ campaign from SL&E aims to highlight how landowners and rural businesses across Scotland play a key role in enabling and supporting success in rural areas.
Bryce Cunningham, farmer at Mossgiel, had the following to say about their win:
“Since we began our journey to reconnect forks with farms, we have had many exciting times which our hardworking herd of people and cows have both loved and been challenged by; especially me.”
“To receive an award for doing something you love is absolutely incredible and we are hugely grateful, but it’s not why do what we do. We want to help the people of Scotland connect with their local, passionate, hard-working food producers in a sustainable, Scottish, Organic food system”
SOPA’s Policy Manager Debs Roberts added:
“We were absolutely thrilled to find out that Mossgiel had won the Innovation in Farming award. The work they are doing to build a sustainable business is such a fantastic example to farmers everywhere that you don’t have to be governed by low milk prices. That’s not to say it’s easy, Bryce and the team work phenomenally hard to supply their customers and to continue building a sustainable legacy for future generations.”
You can read more about Mossgiel’s journey and their HiH case study here.
Notes for Editors:
- In 2018 SOPA celebrates 30 years of supporting the Scottish organic sector.
- More than 350 organic businesses are members of SOPA.
- More than half of all organic businesses in Scotland are SOPA members
- 90% of SOPA members are farmers.
- 120,000 ha are certified as organic under the SOPA Scottish Organic Standards.