Black Isle Permaculture & Arts (ScotLAND Centre)
We are Black Isle Permaculture & Arts (BIPA), a Permaculture micro-smallholding and livelihood on the Black Isle, 13km north of Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland. Since 2015 we have been developing 2.5 acres of garden and woodland to establish an organic Permaculture garden for food, wood fuel, habitat, well-being, abundant foraging, leisure and education, as well as eco retrofitting an onsite bungalow.
Our aim is to become a domestic smallholding where we are able to live a creative, regenerative and resilient lifestyle by the Permaculture Principles of People Care, Earth Care and Fair Share: a place where people can visit, stay, learn from and be inspired by an example of an organic smallholding incorporating a home based economy and resilient business plans.
Our design incorporates an eco-renovated house, art studio, compost toilets, some woodland camping huts for eco tourism and guests, creating kitchen and forest gardens, orchard, woodland, meadows and space for our chickens. Our design and vision is to create forest gardens, woodland and growing spaces that maximise habitat and diversity, along with a thriving and self-sustaining food-web, with multifunctional plants providing food, fuel, craft materials, income, and beauty.
We are also involved with a community initiative in Muir of Ord called MOOFood, which aims to reduce carbon emmissions, food waste and social isolation and create a healthy community and food culture through growing, sharing, and educating. We have planted a Permaculture designed orchard of 50 fruit trees, planted incredible edible inspired veg, salad, herb and fruit beds, installed a community fridge and have an education programme with the local school and community groups.
We welcome visitors by appointment, and hold open days, courses and workshops throughout the year. See our Facebook page and website for details. We are also hosting volunteers in 2020 via our WWOOF profile.
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