Black Isle Permaculture & Arts (ScotLAND Centre)
In August 2015 we moved to a bungalow with 2.5 acres of land and are in the process of establishing an organic Permaculture garden for food, wood fuel, habitat, well-being, abundant foraging, leisure and education. 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 plans to eco-renovate the house, establish an art studio, build compost toilets, a sauna, some woodland camping huts for eco tourism and guests, create 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 2018 via our WWOOF profile.