The Empire Farm is a 100-acre Soil Association certified organic farm on the edge of the Blackmore Vale, just south of Wincanton in Somerset. We keep poultry, pigs and a few sheep – mostly traditional and rare breeds – and grow lots of fruit and veg. The farm is the venue of our Farm School where a wide range of butchery and smallholder courses take place in the Coach House and Walled Garden. Here you can learn how to set up a smallholding, keep pigs and poultry, butcher a pig or lamb, pluck a pheasant or skin a deer, discover the delights of Italian charcuterie, join us for our Whole Hog Weekend or come on our 3-day butchery and smallholding courses.

Sally and Adrian Morgan

We have some new dates for our Introduction to Smallholding and Living on an acre or less course, starting in March.

Selling fast already, our two-day Whole Hog Butchery and charcuterie course takes place on the Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 February 2016. On this course our two butchers take you through the butchery of a whole pig so you can see just how much meat and product you can get, from chops and joints to bacon, coppa, pies, pates and terrines. Book early

Our ever-popular introductory day will be held on Saturday 27 February, led by David Coldman and Sally Morgan. Read more here

Can’t find the right course or none of the dates suit? Then, our bespoke days may be the answer. We can arrange bespoke days on most topics on a date that suits you. Prices depend on the number of people attending and the topic covered. For more details contact the office (01963 371681 / sally@empirefarm.co.uk)

Master butcher David Coldman offers a bespoke butchery service to local smallholders, you can even come along and watch. Make sure you get exactly what you want. Contact the office for further details.


We are now standardising on livestock housing made from recycled plastic. Makes fighting red mite so much easier!

Check out our media mentions here. Sally writes regularly for Country Smallholding, her last article appeared in the April 2015 edition.
See us on The Farming Channel of Transition TV. We were delighted to read that the Guardian named Empire Farm School in the top 5 butchery schools in the country. Our wild meats day was featured in Shooting Times in January 2015
Sally’s blog on tackling flea beetle without pesticides can be read on the Soil Association’s website


Find out more about the farm and our courses via our blog.
Follow us on FaceBook
Watch our videos on our Youtube channel
Follow Sally on twitter @Sally_Morgan

And finally, Sally’s new book, Living on one acre or less will be published by Green Books in 2016. The book launch takes place at the Edible Gardening Show (11-13 March) where Sally is joining the expert’s panel.