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 and pigs – mostly traditional and rare breeds. 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 charcuturie, join us for our Whole Hog Weekend or come 3-day butchery course. 

Sally and Adrian Morgan

SMALLHOLDING COURSES
Our first visit of the year to the ‘mini-holding’ took place in early March. Our next visit ‘Living on less than an acre‘ course is 9 May. As well as covering all the usual topics, Sally will be turning her attention to planning and rotations for the coming growing season, plus looking at the new hot bed and hugelkultur bed. If you have more land available, or want to keep more animals then our ‘Introduction to Smallholding‘ is the course for you. The next one takes place on 25 April

ITALIAN CHARCUTERIE WITH MARC FREDERIC (LE CHARCUTIER ANGLAIS)
A day looking at Italian pork butchery and the classics such as pancetta, coppa, lomo, lonza and more, plus a wonderful buffet lunch Italian charcuterie takes place on Sunday 26 April 2015, but don’t delay there is only two places left.

LIVESTOCK FOR SALE
We have a few organic Dorsetdown lambs for sale – read more here

BESPOKE DAYS AND CONSULTANCY
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)

HEN HOUSES

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

MEDIA
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. Watch a video about our poultry courses on the Soil Association website. We were delighted to read that the Guardian named Empire Farm School in the top 5 butchery schools in the country. Sally’s blog on tackling flea beetle without pesticides can be read on the Soil Association’s website

Our wild meats day was featured in Shooting Times in January 2015. Our next game course will be in September and again on the 1st November 2015.

KEEP UP WITH OUR NEWS

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