The Empire Farm is a 100 acre Soil Association 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. We sell a range of poultry housing and other products made from recycled plastic that are made on the farm. 

The farm is the venue of our Farm School. A wide range of butchery and smallholder courses take place in the Coach House and Walled Garden. Amongst our most popular courses are keeping chickens and pigs, pork butchery, curing and smoking meats and making sausages.

The farm also has a very spacious and fully self-contained holiday cottage, known as the Garden Lodge, which has been refurbished to provide first-class holiday accommodation for up to 6 people.

We trust that you find this site informative and useful, and hope that you will come on a course or stay in the Garden Lodge, or perhaps even do both!

Sally and Adrian Morgan

 
HANDS-ON PORK BUTCHERY
A number of people have been asking about a hands-on butchery course and finally, we have a date to offer. We have provisionally earmarked Sat 18 October 2014 for the hands-on day. The pork for the course will be our own organic Berkshires which have been raised on the farm over summer. The cost is £295 per person and you get to take home all the meat, sausages and bones from a side of pork. A second person can work on the same side of pork for an additional £20. We need 4 people to commit to ensure the course goes ahead. For this reason there is no online booking. If you would like a place please email Sally on sally@empirefarm.co.uk and we will get back to you.

OUR NEXT COURSE
Next month we have our first cider-making course of the year. It’s been a bumper season for apples, so if like us, you don’t’ know what to do with them all, sign up for the half day course.

CHRISTMAS SPECIALS
Our popular Curing and Smoking Christmas Special will be taking place on Sunday 7 Dec. On this course everybody gets to cure a piece of salmon and gammon for Xmas as well as the usual range of products such as smoked fish, preserved lemon, bacon, pancetta, pastrami, coppa etc. Don’t delay- this course books up fast.

Also in December, Make a 3-bird roast, another of our Xmas specials. This time everybody gets to bone and stuff a goose to take home for that extra-special meal at Christmas. Impress your guests with this stunning joint.

GIFT VOUCHERS
Looking for an unusual Birthday present? Why not give a ‘Day at The Empire Farm’ gift voucher. Vouchers are valid for one year. We can email a pdf voucher for those last minute presents.

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 was a two-parter on ‘The Secrets of Soil’. 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.

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