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Introduction to Smallholding
Sun 15 October 2017, 10:00 – 17:00 BST
This popular full day course covers a wealth of topics. Its ideal for people thinking about making that step into buying or renting land or those who have a large garden and are wondering what they can do with it in order to become more self-sufficient.
Sally covers topics such as the amount of land you need, the absolute essentials, the desirables and things to avoid. She will cover the issues associated with planning, and water and electricity supply, how to register your smallholding and give you details of some of the grants and subsidies that you may be able to claim. During the session other topics such as land management, hedging, pasture, rotations, weed control, fencing and equipment are covered. There is a walk/talk around Empire Farm to view the various livestock pens, polytunnel and the new ‘mini-farm’ set up to show people how you can farm just two-thirds of an acre and be mostly self-sufficient in meat, eggs and veg.
The afternoon session is focused on livestock, covering poultry, sheep, goats, pigs, cattle, and bees – setting up, purchase of stock, how much land they need and the costs of keeping them. We will touch on the sale of produce too. [Note there is no time to go into the detail of keeping livestock on this course rather the pros and cons of the different animal types].
The numbers on these days are limited to 12 people so that everybody has a chance to ask questions.
Price £90 and includes all tuition, course notes, lunch and refreshments during the day.
We offer a £10 discount for the second and subsequent person booked the same time.
Our Living the good life on less than an acre is a very similar course, with a focus on small areas of land and covers pigs, poultry, bees, fruit and veg. Obviously it doesn’t cover the larger animals – cattle, sheep and goats.
What's the refund policy?
We do not offer refunds for courses more than 7 days post-order. Course vouchers are transferable from one person to another. If you have to cancel any course booking more than 14 days prior to the course, we will transfer you to another course of the same value, or offer a Gift Voucher. In the event of cancellation within 14 days of a course date, we will be unable to transfer your booking but someone else may attend in your place, should you wish.