DASH - Devon Association of Smallholders

DASH was established in 1986 to serve the needs and interests of smallholders and those planning to undertake any kind of country living.

It promotes and furthers the interests of smallholders particularly in Devon and the South West and co-operates with other like-minded organisations, offering members a forum for discussing problems or matters of mutual interest.

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DASH runs low cost practical training courses to provide members with the knowledge and skills needed for running a successful smallholding.

DASH has 433 subscriptions of which 331 are doubles making a total of 764 members. In addition, there are 35 members under 18. 241 DASH members have a holding number. DASH members farm 7291 acres, 731 organically (10%). There are 221 members with less than 5 hectares of land. 152 members have 5 or more hectares of land.

Objectives and Organisation of the Association

The Association encourages members to carry out their smallholding activities in an environmentally friendly way and to breed and grow their animals in an humane and caring way.

Many members partake in one of a number of environmental schemes and sell high quality products. Animal welfare is top priority.

Members normally meet at events, on training days or at events such as the Summer agricultural shows at many of which DASH has its own show stands giving members an opportunity to sell their own produce and poultry and to promote the Association. Look at the Events page to see what events are planned, or go to the Contact Us page to contact anyone on the committee.

Members sell their products through a wide variety of outlets including Private Sales, Retail Boxes, Farm Gate Sales, Local Shops, Farmer's Markets and at Agricultural Shows. DASH membership provides an effective antidote to the problems of country living - rural isolation, a lack of information, advice and support.