Smallholding weekend: two days of practical fun on the farm                  Follow southyeofarm on Twitter

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This weekend is for people who want to get really involved in the daily smallholding tasks on the farm.  You may be contemplating having a smallholding of your own or simply fancy a couple of days working with livestock, fruit, veg and more and learning a bit more about them. 

This practical and fun smallholding weekend is built around a mix of activities that need doing on the farm during your time with us and includes tasks that we think you will particularly enjoy. 

You will experience a selection of the following seasonal activities:

  • checking all the livestock
  • feeding the pigs
  • feeding and watering the poultry and waterfowl
  • collecting the eggs
  • feeding and caring for chicks, goslings and ducklings
  • mucking out and bedding up animals large and small
  • herding sheep
  • weighing and checking lambs
  • moving cattle
  • moving pigs
  • making bread
  • harvesting veg and fruit
  • cob oven cooking - there will be pizza
  • making blackberry vinegar or jam
  • building a poultry hut/run
  • mending a livestock fence
  • tractor and machinery demonstration
  • farm walk

This is a jam-packed but informal couple of days so if you're after a more thorough grounding in smallholding, our carefully structured and ever popular Introduction to Smallholding course would be more appropriate. 

Do bring: outdoor clothes, clean wellies, waterproofs and probably a change of clothes if it looks like rain.

Cost: £195 per person for the weekend, including homemade lunch, Devon cream tea and refreshments on both days. There is a 10% plus discount for multiple bookings for the same course date (e.g. £350 for two, £525 for three people etc).  

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 July 2018

Times: Day 1 start at 10am, finish 5pm.  Day 2 start at 8.30am if you want to join us for the morning smallholder chores or 9.30am if you prefer a more leisurely start to your day, finish 4.30pm.

For current availability on any particular date, please check our course dates page.

Booking: Booking is simple. Just send us your name, address, phone number and email address indicating which course you want to book with your preferred date, and we’ll send you an invoice (payment is required in advance), directions to the farm and any other information you might need. And don’t forget to tell us if you have any dietary restrictions.

"Very relaxed and informative; lots of hands on experience" JW, Wirral


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