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 441 subscriptions of which 340 are doubles making a total of 781 members. In addition, there are 33 members under 18. 244 DASH members have a holding number. DASH members farm 7280 acres, 702 organically (10%). There are 227 members with less than 5 hectares of land. 154 members have 5 or more hectares of land and 66 members have no land or not declared how much land they have.

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.