"We were so enthused and inspired by our weekend with you, that we have gone for an 11 acre smallholding!!"
Training for smallholders
We run a number of courses for smallholders on our farm in Devon. Do have a look at our dedicated smallholder training website.
Introduction to Smallholding: two day course
Are you thinking about taking on some livestock for the first time? Have you got an extra large garden or a bit of acreage that needs using? Do you want to know more about smallholding before taking the plunge? Have you taken the smallholding plunge but feel a bit out of your depth? This two day course will give you a sound insight to getting started in smallholding, covering the essential topics of legal and statutory requirements, tools and equipment, and basic livestock management. You will spend time with the livestock and have the opportunity to explore the realities of smallholding. You should leave feeling much more confident about making your future choices. As this is a two day course you may need accomodation; there are some lovely B+B's and other choices available nearby (and we can send you a list). You can find more information about this course here.
Building and maintaining your own website - for farmers and smallholders
If you sell your own produce direct, have holiday cottages or B&B's to advertise, or just want to put your farm, smallholding or small business on the Internet map, a website is an absolute must-have. This course will teach you how to create and maintain your own website without the need for an expensive web designer or learning complicated programming languages. The tools that you'll be using are the ones we used to build this website. You can find more information about the course here.
Living with livestock – an introduction to sheep, pigs and cattle
Are you thinking about taking on some livestock for the first time? Are you uncertain which animal or breed is for you? Are you wavering between taking on a house cow, some weaners or a few ewes? If so, this might just be one of the best days you’ve spent in a while. Having livestock is a big responsibility and ensuring sound animal welfare is a must for all smallholders. This course gives you the opportunity to consider what it really means to have sheep, pigs and cows. You will split your day between two neighbouring farms, getting to grips with the pleasures and pains of all three species, so that you end the day with a clearer idea of what animal and breed might best suit you and your land. You can find more information about this course here.
Our courses are designed to be lively, interactive sessions, with lots of time spent outside experiencing it for real on the farm (rain or no rain), so that we combine theory with practice and send you away with a real sense of what you can do next. And because it is a working farm, there won't be courses during April - we're too busy lambing.
We’ve been doing this smallholding/farming on a small scale lark now for nearly two decades and before that worked in our spare time on a farm for a number of years, so have managed to gather quite a bit of knowledge along the way.
For dates, costs and further details check out our dedicated smallholder training website.