There is a growing interest amongst crofters and gardeners in Camuscross and Duisdale in growing more food and keeping more livestock.
There are more potato patches appearing on crofts each year and a number of gardeners have started to grow food. There are now 3 polytunnels in use. A number of people used the 'Garden of Skye Community Garden' rotovator in 2010 to turn over new ground. There are two honesty boxes in Camuscross, selling a variety of local food: eggs, jams, chutneys and sometimes baking and vegetables.
It seems that more people are realising that growing your own food is very satisfying - it not only tastes tons better, but the food miles are nil.
We would be interested to hear from other crofting communities who are seeing a revival of interest in using crofts for subsistence food growing. Please use the 'Contact Us' or 'Have your say' pages to get in touch.
Smoked mackerel, caught in the Sound of Sleat, made in a smoker improvised out of an old wardrobe and smoked with oak woodshavings from the boatbuilder's shed