Thursday, September 9, 2010


Operating Statement

9th September 2010

REAL Food, the trading and social enterprise arm of the REAL operation at Inverness High School has decided to stop operating it’s range of town centre, workplace, village market shops and deliveries as from end of day on Saturday 11th September.

Despite the consistent levels of demand for REAL’s range of local food products it has not been possible to build up sufficient sales levels, in the current format, to ensure overhead costs are fully covered each month. This is especially so in the light of reduced base funding availability for social enterprises in the coming years.

REAL Food’s retail activities were designed as a means to provide pupils with a range of experiences of how businesses work, what good customer focus looks like and how to build a brand. REAL activity at the High School will now continue with horticulture production activities, working with pupils in a series of climate change projects, both of which will provide further training that builds confidence and enhances workplace and other life-skills. Our wholesale business supplying local restaurants and shops with produce direct from the farm will continue to operate as normal.

REAL would like to thank all of the local farmers, growers and producers who have supported the retail project. As our suppliers, we would appreciate up to date statements for settlement in October.

We would also like to thank those of you who have been consistent retail customers over the years, and also those of you who have very recently began purchasing from us. Your custom has been very much appreciated. For those of you paying through standing order and the like, all accounts will be settled in the next couple of weeks.

Finally, we would also like to thank the many educational, social and business organisations and associated individuals from across the Inner Moray Firth and beyond who have been immensely supportive of REAL Food over our time of operation.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Scottish Green List 2010

Iain Clyne and REAL Food @IHS successfully made it onto the Scottish Green List 2010! The List, compiled by the Scottish Sustainable Development Forum, celebrates individuals and projects across such diverse issues as travel planning in the NHS, greening traditional businesses, inspiring school children and bringing communities together. For more information please see .

Friday, June 11, 2010

REAL Foods website

REAL Foods is now on Facebook, Twitter and also has it's own website (which is still currently under construction). Feel free to follow our Facebook and Twitter page and visit our website at

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Highland Council Event

REAL Foods took part in a Highland Council Event on Friday the 4th of June. We would like to thank everyone who helped with the organisation of the event and who bought our veg!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A training visit to Easter Balmungie

Ever since REAL got going, we have had a really good working relationship with Easter Balmungie, a farm near Rosemarkie. Anne, the farmer, and her team rear a whole range of animals, but we were there to find out more about poultry and ducks; the cuddly bits, the gory bits and the nice oval bits that we have for breakfast. Look on....


New shop at both the LifeScan plants in town.....

A visit from Lochardil Primary

Finding out what we grow and how things grow

Thinking about where our food comes from and why local food is so important

And growing their own!

Mixing it with the suits!

REAL young people at the HISEZ Conference in the Aviemore Resort

Getting a pond installed

We are hoping to have a pond in place soon to encourage wild life onto the farm with the aim of a little amphibian pest control. The S3 Rural Skills class get to grips with the project.

How do we sell? Training for the REAL team

Thanks to Brian Weaver at HISEZ for his wisdom!

New crops for a new summer

The poly tunnels are ready to go; the LifeScan team put new doors to complete the job.

Thousands of seeds have been planted; all we need now is lots of sunshine and just the right amount of rain!

Winter rebuilding.....

Over the winter we have been working very hard to redesign our growing area into more accessible 3 metre wide beds with paths to suite. We beds are now much higher and therefore deeper, with the paths in between being filled in with woodchip supplied by local tree surgeons.

We have also been greatly helped by various work parties. We have had one crew from LifeScan (in the pics below) and also from Green Gym. David from Green Gym has been back to help us a lot since his first visit

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Highlands Food & Drink Awards

We won the Innovation Award... well done team!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Reporting Scotland

We have also been featured on Reporting Scotland recently.... have a look at this link.

Smoothies for sale

Ali Sloggie and Tyler MacKenzie...IHS's very own celebrity chefs!

Lauren, Eyah and Tyler selling our smoothies at Dalneigh Community Centre

Shop in the Victorian Market

Early June saw us starting our shop in the Victorian Market in the middle of Inverness

TRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit our farm

The REAL social enterprise received a very real boost to its profile with the visit of TRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in early June. The weather forecast was the rain, rain and more rain; but things dried off for the whole visit. Fantastic!

Their Royal Highness' spent 35 minutes inspecting the farm site, talking to pupils at various locations as they progressed around.

Cara and Emma before the event looking relaxed!

Cara and Emma explaining aspects of the polytunnel!

Prince Charles having received a hamper of local produce

The Duchess of Cornwall loved the smoothies and came back for a second sample!

Prince Charles just before he left for his next engagement

Friday, May 23, 2008

Eilidh and Jennifer working away at preparing a bed for planting.
Central Primary School P7 class getting involved in planting and growing their own potatoes