‘Field to Fork’ at the fair

Launched at the Royal Highland Show, there’s a new project focusing on the link between wildlife management with the food industry: Field to Fork, from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

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Part of Scotland’s Natural Larder campaign, the Field to Fork project joins the likes of BASC‘s Taste of Game, and the Countryside Alliance‘s Game to Eat projects. The launch was attended by the minister for environment, climate change and land reform, Dr Aileen McLeod, where students from Scotland’s Rural University College (SRUC) and the Elmwood Campus were busy demonstrating game preparation and cookery skills.

Part of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink 2015, Field to Fork aims to educate the population regarding the relationship between natural produce and the commercial food industry, and is partners with SNH, BASC and SRUC. The college is offering a course dedicated to this year’s theme (Food and Drink) and to the theme for 2018 (The Year of Young People). This means the college is offering a unique course for gamekeeping students to learn the basics of food hygiene and preparation skills, while catering students can work with natural, local produce. The journey from field to fork will encourage young people to develop their understanding of how wildlife management impacts on our food chain. The Elmwood Campus departments will work together to source produce, develop products and recipes and market research the opportunities for small scale production of local food. Meanwhile, catering students from Elmwood Campus, Borders College and Thurso College will compete to produce a prize-winning dish, to be revealed at the Celebration of Game dinner held during British Game Week in November.

Pete Moore from SNH said: Œ”This is about making sure that gamekeepers and wildlife managers understand that some of the products of their work go into the food chain and there are responsibilities associated with the inspection and handling.”

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