On Sunday 14th December 2014, Young Farmers from throughout the Perthshire District came together for a special cause – potatoes!
A collection of 27 members representing Aberfeldy JAC, Bankfoot JAC, Carse of Gowrie JAC, Perth JAC and Strathearn JAC packed three tonnes of potatoes using at Pitmurthly Farm by kind permission of the Smith family to be delivered to food banks in and around Perthshire. In less than one hour the group had packed 120 bags, each weighing 25kg. Kindly donated by local Perthshire growers.
The project was led by Perthshire vice chairman David Barclay who commented: “Many of us are fortunate enough to enjoy Quality Scottish produce all year round but for those facing a difficult time this winter the cost of purchasing a stable ingredient such as potatoes is not an option.”
He continued: “Between April 2013 and March 2014 over 900,000 people who were in crisis in the UK were provided with three days’ emergency food from the food banks. Through the donation of these potatoes we hope that the food banks in Scotland can continue to help many individuals enjoy produce grown here in Scotland and provide them with the ingredients they need to put food on the table.
“I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to each and every member who supported this project and joined us on Sunday to form a packing line. The fantastic turn-out has allowed Young Farmers to make a positive contribution to many lives this winter.”
National chairman of the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Laura Fleming added: “It is heart-warming to see our Young Farmers leading a project such as this, and makes me very proud to be chairman to the association. Not only does it highlight their commitment to the community but helps ensure Scottish produce does not go to waste whilst benefiting those who otherwise would not be able to enjoy quality ingredients such as these potatoes.”