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The MSc in Organic Farming Changed My Life

Robby Gass says “Completing an MSc Organic Farming degree has changed my life”- here he tells us his story.Robby Gass

Hi, I’m Robby and this is my story. With more than 25 years of South African conventional and mixed organic farming experience I returned to the land of my forebears, Scotland, in 2013. Finding work in farming here was very difficult at first, but as the newly appointed manager of a horticultural training nursery I completed the SRUC distance learning post graduate MSc Organic Farming degree in 2017, and then opportunities opened up. My income grew to a new level, I was given more responsibility with autonomy and my opinion was treated with higher regard throughout.

On completion of this project I started an independent Organic Consultancy business and have already served to improve the operations of experienced and prospective organic farmers of various sizes and descriptions in Britain and Europe. I have had the honour of giving talks at the Danube Soils Conferences in Europe and delivering workshops to foreign graduates in England, highlighting the connections between our soil and our mental health. In addition to my consulting I also lecture on Organic Food Production and Horticultural Science at Ayrshire College, constantly promoting the choice of Organic Food for a better planet with a healthy future.

The camaraderie between my fellow students and the staff at the SRUC was very special over the 3 years of study and it lives on regardless of the distances.

The MSc Organic Farming degree is a game changer, for sure!

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