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 on our 3-day butchery or smallholding course. 

Sally and Adrian Morgan


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.

Held on the same day as the Whole Hog Course, this intensive day shows you how you can earn an income from your holding. We put together a farm plan and consider the information that is needed to build a business case for a 5-acre smallholding. 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.


Find out more about the farm and our courses via our blog.
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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.