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This page lists all sorts of things that are going on in Devon that are relevant to Smallholders. These may be seminars or sales presentations organised by vets or solicitors, on-line events and DASH meetings.

We are back into our autumn programme of indoor meetings. If you have a suggestion for a topic, please contact Emma

North Devon meetings are normally held on the first Wednesday of the month, West Devon meetings are normally held on the second Wednesday of the month and East Devon meetings are normally the last Wednesday in the month.

Wednesday 13th November 6pm - Notice is formally given that the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Devon Association of Smallholders will be held at the Fountain Inn, Fore Street, Okehampton, EX20 1AP.

Please let Emma know if you are coming on secretary@devonsmallholders.co.uk

The Agenda is as follows:
1. Apologies
2. Approval of Draft Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 7th November 2018 Occombe Farm, Paignton as published in the members archive: https://devonsmallholders.co.uk/dy/archive.html
3. Matters arising
4. Chairman's Report
5. Treasurer's Report
6. Adoption of accounts for the year to 30th June 2019.
7. Appointment of Officers and members of the Executive Committee
8. Confirmation of Managers and Branch members to serve on the Executive Committee
9. Appointment of an independent examiner 10. Any other business previously notified to the Chairman prior to the meeting.
Nominations are invited for the following posts:
Vice Chairman,
as defined in Clause 5(b) of the Constitution. Nominations must be made and duly seconded with the consent of nominees by fully paid up members of the Association (not Associate members) in writing before the AGM.
Should there be more than one nomination for any post, an election shall be held by ballot at the AGM as provided for in Clause 9(b) and (c) of the Constitution.
Nomination papers are available from Emma Hillier on secretary@devonsmallholders.co.uk
Members may order a meal on arrival to be served after the close of the meeting.

This event is organized by DASH. For more information email events@devonsmallholders.co.uk

Wednesday 20th November 7pm - INAUGURAL South Devon Meeting **NEW**

Kirsty Wright has kindly come forward and offered to host this meeting at her smallholding near Haytor. She and her husband purchased circa seven acres of land from a local organic farm about thirteen years ago. Prior to that they rented for approximately ten years. They have a large selection of animals, including four horses, two dogs, three cats, geriatric sheep, chickens, ducks and quail. They also have three dairy goats who were previously milked and who they now hope to breed from. They have a large vegetable garden with a polytunnel which provides a lot of their vegetables. Kirsty is particularly interested in homeopathy and aromatherapy and both she and her husband have an interest in renewable/alternative energy, having built their own eco house eight years ago. The meeting will kick off between seven and half past. If you email Emma on events@devonsmallholders.co.uk to let us know if you would like to come, we will email you directions 24 hours beforehand.

This event is organized by DASH. For more information email events@devonsmallholders.co.uk

Wednesday 4th December 6.30pm - Hacks, bodges and fixes

This December gathering will be a chance to compare stories and ideas about the DIY projects that have solved a problem on the smallholding, or performed a task for a fraction of the cost of a shiny piece of agricultural kit. As described by John Seymour, the heart of self-sufficiency is not only our ability to herd ducks or whisper to sheep, but also our practical innovation and craft skills, which usually have to be acquired through trial and error. Many smallholdings are held together with bailing twine, broken shovel handles and old feed buckets, ingeniously arranged to pen up stock or supply water. But in every place there are also flashes of genius: portable hay racks, fox-proof chicken coops, efficient wool looms, elaborate water catchment systems, and of course any number of things made out of old pallets.

DASH members are invited to come along to this informal chat to share their examples of practical wisdom (either real or imagined), bringing photos if possible, or explain a challenge that need fixing, as between us there are sure to be plenty of ideas.

Venue: Hunter’s Inn, Heddon Valley, Exmoor, EX31 4PY

This event is organized by DASH. For more information email events@devonsmallholders.co.uk