Heart of Galloway - FMD Support Group

Rural Futures

Conference - Market - Family Day out!

"Exploring and promoting connections between communities and the land"

Saturday - 16th March 2002 at Bladnoch Distillery10.00 am - Opening

Produce stalls

In the Distillery and Dome (Open 10-4)
Galloway Wine - McGregors Oatcakes - Loch Arthur Dairy Produce - Stan Drewery's Honey - Merricknits Co-op - Cream o' Galloway Ice Cream - -Goats Cheese -Galloway Smoke House's smoked salmon - Homemade Preserves - Kirkdale Organic Vegetables - Graham Glanville's Baskets - South Machars Spinners - Galloway Textiles - Barwinnock Herbs and Plants - Chloe's Herbal Remdies and Doon of May Collective - Local Beer - Sulwath etc.

Information Stands

Heart of Galloway
Raffle, Information & Campaigns
Plastic re-cyling; composting; reedbeds; green burials; willow growing; bio fuels; badgers & TB; greewood chairs; commercial herb growing; orchards network; cider production; C.A.T Info; Agenda 21; Heart of Galloway 'T' Shirts; Feedback Forms; Books by Joe Whiteford, Dr. Richard North, Ross Evans, etc; The Soil Association; FOE; SW Community Woodlands; Reforesting Scotland; Butterworth Organic Fruit Trees; Advocates for Animals; Compassion in World Farming; Mossburn Animal Sanctuary;

Local Produce Information

Galloway House Garden - Fruit
Low Craiglemine - Organic Meat
Ewe to You - Sheep's Cheese and other local members displaying their produce - Scottish National Heritage - Machars Information Service - Grant & Community Information - Galloway Food Initiative - Food Festival & other promotions - Kirkmoor.com - Internet Marketing

The Green Dome

Provided by Talamh Life Centre - Lanarkshire
Alternative energy display and information - Wind power - Solar power - Generating electricity by cycling - Generating power for the Vegetarian Cafe & the video showing dome assembly.

Children's activities

Easter bonnets - Magic Show - Colouring Sheets - Face Painting - Videos - Ranger-led activities - Swingboats - Tambourelli

Children's Creche in The Yurt 

Open 10-12.30 & 1.30-5.30
offering qualified supervision for children aged 1 - 7 years
Please book if possible and not that the creche closes for lunch

FMD Video

A ten minute Video documents the crisis in Cumbria with a photo display and information about the 'Adopt a Sheep' campaign.

Cafe in the Tearoom

Open 10 - 5.30 selling teas, coffees and light lunches including soup, organic burgers and sandwiches.

Programme from 11 -12.30
Speakers - "Security & Sustainability for the future"

Alistair McConnachie - Farmer & Journalist
  -  Dr. Richard North - Food expert & author

Roger S. Windsor.MBE. MA. BSc. BVM&S

MRCVS Vaccination & FMD; Rowena Hume - New Zealand Embassy

 Angela Heany - Sustainable communities

Ross Finnie - Rural Affairs, Scottish Executive

Douglas Lisi - Using local foods.

12.30 to 1.30 - Lunch
2.30 - Informal discussion and workshop mission

Marketing, Biodynamic Agiculture, 

Farming & Subsidies - New Zealand's experience 

followed by - 

Preparing questions for the Panel at 4pm

3.30 to 4pm - Tea/Coffee and Raffle!
4 to 5.30pm Question the Panel

Joan Mitchell - Liberal councillor & farmer

 Alistair McConnachie - environmental journalist

Alex Ferguson - Conservative MSP & Chairman of the Rural Affairs Committee

 Carey Coombs - Green Party Agricultural spokesperson

Ian Service - NFU representative

 D. Richard North

Jane Barribal - Farmtalking

Chaired by Angela Everitt

8 - 1pm Evening social

'Zabalka' host a traditional ceilidh  

from 8.30-10 followed by Celtic crossover music till late 

Tickets #4 during the day or #5 on the door!

Sunday 17th March

Machars Bus Tour

Start from Bladnoch Distillery at 12 prompt - #2.00 each. 

12.15 Visit the beekeeper Stan Drewer at Bladoon and see the display hives, 

Ian Robinson's organic dairy farm

Andrew & Mary Gladstone's organic orchard, farm and nursery


Andy and Kirstin's organic meat producing farm, timber business and holiday cottages.

Afternoon tea provided!

This is a provisional timetable and subject to alteration.
The Rural Futures Event is funded by the 'Lottery Awards for All' grant.