Introduction to Smallholding Course

I start the day with a getting-to-know-you session over refreshments and home baked treats so the course can be tailored where possible to participants’ needs. Then we move onto the basics starting with a tour of the veg patch, polytunnels and animals (ducks, chickens, sheep, pigs and Shetland ponies).

The morning has a livestock and produce growing focus, talking through the practicalities of productive fruit and vegetable production. We’ll look at the ins and outs of the most popular smallholding livestock with a ‘getting started’ focus. Including what is required, housing, food, health, vitality and practicalities around rearing animals for meat on a small scale.

After more refreshments and a tasty lunch, I explain the practicalities of smallholding life. Having interviewed many, many smallholders over the years I will run through the common challenges, different ways of making an income and all –round practicalities of smallholding life. Covering everything from using social media and marketing through to promoting your business, hobby farming as a lifestyle and country living in general and making it work for you.

Then over some more tea and cake there will be ample opportunity for further questions and interactive discussion, so I can ensure all rocketeers (aka attendees) go home empowered with the ability to know if smallholding life is for them, and if so how they might best go about it.

As with all of my courses, groups are kept small (no more than 10 people) so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

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