Whitmuir Organic Farm in West Linton, Scotland is becoming community owned, pioneering a new model of land ownership and use. The Whitmuir Community Benefit Society, a non-profit organisation, is working to develop the 140-acre organic farm at Whitmuir as a living, learning space, engaging visitors to learn about sustainable food and farming.
25% of Whitmuir organic farmland has been converted into woodland, hedges & shelterbelts to promote biodiversity, create wildlife corridors and integrate trees with livestock and cropping.
Whitmuir Community Benefit Society was looking to become a resource on sustainable food and farming, with discovery trails, exhibits, educational opportunities and citzen science projects. Whitmuir Organic Farm wanted to build a living, learning space in order to provide a unique opportunity to teach people of all ages about the journey from soil to plate, on the tourist route from England to Scotland.
The project significantly increases the value of tourist visits to Whitmuir and bring the need for sustainability in food production into sharper focus. Whitmuir is a working organic farm that teaches the general public about food sustainability in a practical and engaging way.
Insight Vacations and TreadRight contributed toward the development of the farm, starting with the construction of a farm yurt where people gather for demonstrations, cooking and sharing food, while learning about growing sustainable food.