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


Spotted our courses in the Sunday Times on Sunday 23 March? Looking for a weekend away, learning new skills and preparing great food. Come down over the weekend of the 14 and 15 June and enjoy two great days learning new butchery skills. On Saturday Colin shows you how to butcher a side of pork and make some great sausages, while on Sunday charcutier Marc Frederic takes you through the skills of curing and smoking. Stay in the Ship Inn at West Stour or the Stapleton Arms in Buckhorn Weston to make that weekend perfect (see our comprehensive list).

April is the time of year when we start planning for the coming growing season. If you are thinking of raising some chickens for the table, or a few turkeys or geese for Christmas? Our ‘Keeping Poultry for Meat’ is the perfect course for you. We have a few places left on our next course on Sunday 6 April. But if you just want to keep a few chickens then our ‘Chickens in the Garden’ afternoon course on Tues 22 April may be the answer.

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.


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 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.


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

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