"Loved it all. This farm day has been the best ever." DB, aged 11
Our smallholder courses have received the most stunning feedback, and people keep coming back for more, so we know that we deliver the goods. But sometimes your timetable might not suit available dates or you may want some very focussed attention to get you up to speed even more quickly than is possible on a shared course, so we offer bespoke courses that are absolutely tailormade to your interests. It may be for an individual, a couple, a family, a small group of friends just setting out on keeping livestock and running a smallholding or a team of co-workers working at a city farm or animal shelter. We can also offer corporate and team building days with a difference. Whatever your circumstances, we can pull together a day created especially for you. You may also prefer doing one of our existing courses, but on your own or with a partner or friend or colleague. The range of topics we cover include (but are not limited to):
- all the legal ins and outs of keeping livestock
- animal housing and handling
- pigs for beginners
- sheep for beginners
- poultry and waterfowl
- cattle for beginners
- choosing your livestock
- land management
- animal health and welfare
- equipment, tools and tractors
- encouraging wildlife
- preserving and using your produce
- orchard management
- vegetable growing
- costings - can I make it pay?
- the realities of running a smallholding or a small farm
- DIY websites for smallholders, farmers and small businesses
- building your own cob oven (we also do lots of these for schools, youth & community groups etc off site)
- breadmaking: sourdough, enriched yeasted doughs, everyday & special breads (2 people max)
- and more
"Many thanks for organising such a first class training event yesterday. You could not have found a more attractive setting...we returned feeling more knowledgeable and confident in what we have let ourselves in for." JW Essex.
"We did not just have a good day with you, we had a truly fantastic day! I really feel like we have been lucky to find you, you are exactly what I have been looking for by way of mentors and teachers, and hopefully friends for many years to come." GB, Devon
"Thank you to you both for such a wonderful day. I think that we both got so much out of it! We learnt so many things and also gained a huge amount of confidence in our land and our own abilities. You are both very motivating and inspirational". N&R D, Devon
"Thanks so much for a lovely day. Really informative and [we are] now persuaded to keep our lambing shed! Also just to say the notes are superb, real added value, so thanks again and [we] will be joining the [Smallholder Training at South Yeo Farm West] Facebook group." R&C R, Isle of Wight
"It was brilliant. All you could do to improve the course would be to move it closer to us so we could come more often!" Wood Green Animal Shelter.
"Thank you for bringing your expertise to Beechwood, this is an amazing price for everything that you provided. I am in awe of the whole project it is such an exciting thing to have created for our school. I am hoping to make molds for the children to make leaves to slip/cob glue to the outside of the oven next week but until then I am going to lie down in a dark room! Thanks again - I hope you will come back and see it finished soon." LE, Head Teacher, Beechwood Primary School
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