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YouTube farming couple based at Tap O'Noth by Rhynie, share joy at 10 years of success

By Lewis McBlane

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A YOUTUBE farming couple are celebrating a decade of sustainable farming in rural Aberdeenshire.

James Reid and Rosa Bevan have amassed an impressive YouTube following.
James Reid and Rosa Bevan have amassed an impressive YouTube following.

Young farmers James Reid and Rosa Bevan have made their living at Tap O'Noth by Rhynie using permaculture techniques.

With over 19,000 YouTube subscribers, the pair's videos documenting farm life and encouraging sustainable techniques have proved popular.

Their eight-acre farm produces eco-friendly fruit and vegetables and is also home to chickens, geese and a herd of dairy goats.

James Reid with some of his sustainable, organic produce.
James Reid with some of his sustainable, organic produce.

James Reid said: “We want to inspire people about the life they can lead if they look at land a little bit differently.

"To have been able to work towards that for the past ten years has been extremely rewarding.

“We want to continue to grow our social platform to expand the outreach we have.

"It’s mind-blowing what you can achieve with a small bit of land and a lot of people don’t know that.”

The first-generation farmers also supplement their income from the land through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) vegetable box business, agritourism and farm tours and renting their shepherd’s hut.

They also offer online permaculture consultancy and residential courses.

Rosa Bevan leading her dairy goats.
Rosa Bevan leading her dairy goats.

Rosa Bevan said: “We haven’t looked back since starting this project a decade ago and it’s been inspiring for us to see the benefits Tap O’ Noth farm has had on the environment, our local community and on our lives as well.

“It’s been an incredible ten years at Tap O’ Noth farm and we’re really looking forward to what the future has in store for our Aberdeenshire home.”

The couple's eco-friendly success is being featured in the Scottish Land Commission’s MyLand.Scot campaign, which aims to highlight benefits land brings to communities around Scotland.

Hamish Trench, chief executive of the Scottish Land Commission, said: “James and Rosa at Tap O’ Noth farm have done an incredible job in bringing together permaculture and land use with social media to create an informative and interesting hotbed for inspiration.

“By developing the farm in the way they have, the couple are a great example of how land in Scotland can be transformed to benefit the environment, people’s livelihoods and communities.

“We hope by sharing their story and other important stories as part of the MyLand.Scot campaign, we can inspire people in Scotland to start thinking about land differently.

"Land can play a crucial role in everyday Scotland, spanning from housing and homes, to giving people the means and confidence to build businesses.”

James and Rosa also feature on a brand new podcast ‘The Lay of the Land’ talking about their experiences and love of the land.

Click here for more information about Tap O'Noth.

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