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 intensive Three-day Smallholder course – the perfect course if you plan to take on, or have just taken on a smallholding. We are delighted that Tim White of Proven Shedding Sheep will be taking a sheep care session. Tim keeps some of his Xlana sheep at the farm and they were featured in an article in CountrySmallholding last autumn. Tim has been breeding his easy-care style sheep for 20 years – they shed their fleece, are easy lambers, are bred for resistance to worms and good feet – the perfect sheep for smallholders. The ewes lambed in April and May. You can attend just this session if you wish.

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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