Autumn news from the Arran Pioneer Project

Here is some recent news from the Arran Pioneer Project: The nights are fair drawing in, as the old saying goes, as the autumn oranges, yellows, reds and browns start to shimmer all around the island. It has been another productive year as volunteers at the community gardens that we have helped to establish continue …

Planting Arran potatoes with the Pioneer Project

The Arran Pioneer Project has been busy planting potatoes over the last week or two at various sites across the island. One of the varieties that has been planted is the Arran Victory, originally bred by Donald McKelvie, previously of Lamlash. The seed potatoes for this year were not bred on the island, hopefully might …

Seed Swaps with the Pioneer Project

It’s the first day of spring and we are holding a Seed Swap today in Brodick! We’ll be at the Ormidale Pavilion today (1st March) and next Tuesday 8th March from 2pm to 4pm (tying in with Arran Eco Savvy’s weekly pop up hub), and at the Cordon Community garden tomorrow and next Wednesday 9th …

Pioneer Project’s first annual gathering

*The Arran Pioneer Project CIC – First Annual Gathering and AGM* Wednesday 2nd March 2022 6pm to 8.30pm at Corrie & Sannox Village Hall We are delighted to announce our first ever annual gathering and AGM. All are invited. Numbers will be limited, so if you would like to secure a space, please RSVP by …

Arran Pioneer Project winter news

Well here we are. It’s our first ever newsletter. It’s been a wild ride to get here. We are so grateful to the hundreds of local volunteers, supporters and donors who have made the Pioneer Project possible since we started in March 2020. As of Winter Solstice 2021 we have helped to start 5 new …

News from the Arran Pioneer Project

A recent update from the Pioneer Project – Well, it looks like we have all but arrived at the end of the 2021 season. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has helped to grow food on Arran over the last 18 months. The level of passion and commitment towards making …

The Pioneer Project – part of a wider alternative food movement

We bring recent news from two of the Pioneer Project sites in Arran, which alongside other organic growers on Arran such as Woodside Farm and Robin Gray’s Island Gourmet, is part of a developing movement of small scale food producers around Scotland.  As disruptions to our food chains due to Covid and Brexit continue, the …

Three Small Orchards Planted By The Arran Pioneer Project

Featured image shows Poppy and Flora tree planting in Lochranza Last weekend the Arran Pioneer Project planted fruit and nut trees and fruit bushes on three sites around Arran. Volunteers of all ages were given a demonstration of how to plant a variety of trees, including apples, pears, plums, cherries, walnuts and a damson tree, …

The Arran Pioneer Project crowdfunder is launched

Help Us Grow Food Around Arran As reported in previous issues of the Voice, The Arran Pioneer Project CIC is a group of Islanders working together regarding the lease / donation of areas of unused land on the Isle of Arran to cultivate and grow food. They have recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to help …