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 or smallholding course. 

Sally and Adrian Morgan

Coming up soon our ‘Living on less than an acre course‘ which shows just how productive a small plot can be – enough space to grow fruit and veg, plant perennial vegetables, have a polytunnel, keep chicken, pigs and bees, raise some turkeys, and even a few sheep or goats or plant an edible forest garden. Sunday 27 September – a few places left. Or come on Sunday 11 October for our ‘Introduction to Smallholding‘ course. Both courses just £75 per person including lunch and refreshments

A couple of places are left on our butchery, sausages and pies course on Saturday 26 September – the perfect introduction to pork butchery, taken by master butchery Colin Greenbaum. £130 per person.

We have a few organic Dorsetdown lambs for sale – 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 /


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. 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.


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