The Complete Guide to Smallholding is the book I’ve wanted to write for decades, building on the comprehensive information packs we provide on our courses and much more. There are so many approaches to smallholding and being a smallholder and this way of life should not be about wearing a hair shirt as if it only feels real if there’s some suffering in the mix. You have so many possibilities ahead of you, so choose the things that give you joy. What this book provides is a truly comprehensive insight and guidance into the various elements of a potential smallholding existence; pick and choose the bits that feel right and fit with your life and aspirations. The Complete Guide to Smallholding is filled with all the information that every budding smallholder needs, from finding a place that suits, all the legal requirements, the lowdown on livestock (poultry, waterfowl, pigs, sheep, goats, cattle and more), veg, fruit, foraging, fencing, land management, breeding, meat, health and welfare of livestock and self. And then there’s the financials and marketing and whether you should be selling surplus or focussing on producing for your own table. Dealing with the biggest smallholder headaches from predation to having a break isn’t forgotten either. It provides a truly comprehensive insight and is packed with practical guidance for the 21st-century smallholder. Commissioned and published by The Crowood Press (2023) it’s a big 208 page paperback with over 400 illustrations. RRP £20.