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Wednesday 13th March 7pm for 7.30pm - Charcuterie - Janice Dalziel

I am Janice Dalziel owner of Beckland Charcuterie in Hartland. I have been mucking about with cured and smoked foods for many years as I have a love of the finer things in life. I have been to foodie courses on smoking and curing to learn the basics to make stuff for myself.

Since moving to Devon 5 years ago I have found an abundance of high quality meat and game all locally produced. As my neighbour is a game dealer I was able to get lots of really great wild venison, soon realising it was only sold as joints and stewing meat. I knew venison makes a good salami having been to Scotland a few times and so began experimenting.

After a lot of trials and some errors I am now a registered business selling my products at our local farmers market and various food festivals.

The talk will cover -

Wednesday 10th April 7pm for 7.30pm - Karen Austin - Supporting Chicken Health Throughout Each Season, naturally and general chicken health

I would like to talk about supporting chicken health throughout each season naturally. Also basic health checks and what to do when they are unwell.

Here's a bit about me.. Myself and husband own a little business called Mother Clucking Farm based in Holsworthy. It's a smallholding where we breed chickens, which are all hand reared perfect for families. We also have therapy chickens which we take to visit care homes and schools. I have a certificate in chicken health and wellbeing from the university of Nottingham. I do like to specialise in seasonsl diets and supporting chicken health as natural as possible. We are also in the process of building a goat dairy which will be the first commercial based goat dairy in the North Devon area.

Tuesday 14th May 11am - Natural Fibre Company - Mill Tour

Unit B Pipers Court, Pennygillam Way, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 7PJ.

"The NFC supports farmers and smallholders and specialises in turning shorn fleeces into processed fibre/used for felting or hand spinning/into yarns suitable for knitting, crochet, weaving or machine knitting. They can help advise what to do with a particular fleece type and what you can do to adjust the results by using different processes, blending or dyeing."

The cost of the Mill Tour will be £15.00 per person, and will include a tour of the working mill, and the Blacker Yarns area, where yarns can be purchased. If they have any carded waste/noil etc, it will also be available for purchase. They might not have all of the by-products, but we will certainly have some.

Tours normally take about 2hrs. This includes time in the Blacker Yarns area.

It is a working mill, and so visitors are required to wear sensible footwear (no open toes) and no very loose clothing. There are also steps in the mill to access the sorting area and Blacker Yarns.

There are now a few spaces left for the Mill Visit so please Email Karen at and details of how to pay will then be sent.

Those who have already registered their interest will be contacted with payment details if they then wish to confirm their places.