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Devon Association of Smallholders

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138 A smallholder life for me: Becoming a smallholder (half day)
Venue: Chulmleigh EX18
Cost: £40
Tutor: Jack Smellie and David Chidgey
Provided: Teas, coffees, soft drinks, biscuits/cakes
What you need to bring: Packed lunch, clean outdoor clothes & wellies, waterproof coat (just in case), inside shoes (or just your socks!), notebook

Who is this course designed for?

Perfect for the would-be/ about-to-be smallholder all set to live the dream: a course to inspire and give you both knowledge and confidence, covering: why you want to become a smallholder, skills needed, legalities, what to look for in a potential smallholding, monies involved, when and how to begin. Participants will meet all our amazing animals and learn what really happens when you stand in the middle of a field with a feed bucket…. We aim to tailor the course to the particular situations and expectations of the participants, shortly before the course we will send a short questionnaire with options for ticking/explaining what you particularly wish to cover on the day. We highly recommend looking at our daily blog before you come: www.relaxedathome.org.uk

The course will cover the following:

‘A smallholder life for me’ takes you on a journey that will try to help you turn your dreams into a way of life! A smallholder needs to balance the thrill and excitement of managing one's own land with a healthy dose of realism about both one's abilities (physical and mental) as well as the size of wallet!! And by land we mean anything from a bit of garden to many acres.

We begin the course by discussing the reasons why you want to become a smallholder and the skills you (and your family) might need. We also talk through the legal side of it all - which at first, really isn’t that onerous. Next, we swap shoes for wellies and head outside for a full tour in order to discuss how best to choose, develop and manage your own smallholding. We look at/ discuss: buildings; land type, size and position: fencing, gateways and hedging; machinery and equipment; access; winter and summer requirements; water and electricity; security and bio-security. After lunch we head back outside to focus more on the animals (of your choice): basic livestock requirements: health and husbandry; vets and monthly/yearly routines.

You will meet a huge variety of animals during the day: sheep, goats, alpacas, cows, pigs (depending on time of year), rheas, chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks! You will hopefully leave inspired and brimming with confidence and, we really hope, with a promise to keep in touch to let us know how you get on!!

The Relaxed smallholding courses are delivered with passion, commitment and rigour, alongside a healthy dose of fun!‘

Post course support: Access to Celebrating Smallholding UK website and FaceBook group, as well as private support.

Pay by faster payments:
Bank Account Name: DASH
Bank Account Number: 31351460
Bank Sort Code: 77-09-21
Bank: Lloyds
Reference: your membership
number and course number

Cheques can be sent to:
DASH Training
Higher Worthygate
Horns Cross
EX39 5EA
Make cheques payable to Devon Association of Smallholders

To book your place on a course please email to check availability. training@devonsmallholders.co.uk

Please note: If for any reason you need to cancel your place on a course, 2 weeks notice prior to the course date will be required to receive a full refund. If you have reserved a place, please make sure we receive payment 3 weeks before the course (6 weeks for non-members). Thank you.

Most of our courses are aimed at adults and are quite intensive, so they are not aimed at children. If you would like to bring a child on a course please discuss it with the training manager before booking. It is assumed that bookings you make are for adults. Only people who have paid the course fee are allowed at the training venue. Do not bring pets or other animals to the training venue unless you are required to do so as part of the course. Most venues are working smallholdings and dogs or other animals (even if left in your car) are disruptive and compromise biosecurity.