WELCOME 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, pigs and a few sheep – mostly traditional and rare breeds – and grow fruit and veg. 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 charcuterie or join us for our Whole Hog Weekend. Sally and Adrian Morgan 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CIDER MAKING TUTOR ALAN BERRY
Alan Berry of Blackmore Vale Cider teaches our cider making course. At this year’s British Cider Championships at the Bath and West Show, he won Supreme Cider Champion for his medium cider, beating 600 other competitors – we’re very proud of you Alan! Read more here . A gift voucher for one of Alan’s courses is the perfect Christmas present

COMING UP

SMALLHOLDING COURSES
We have some more smallholder days coming up in spring, Sally’s Living on an acre or less course on the 26 March 2016, with a focus on planning for 2017 and another in May.

3-DAY BUTCHERY COURSE
Our next Whole Hog weekend takes place on Sat 25 and Sunday 26 February 2017 – already booking so don’t delay. Find out more here

BESPOKE DAYS AND CONSULTANCY
Can’t find the right course or none of the dates suit? 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 / sally@empirefarm.co.uk)

BESPOKE BUTCHERY
Master butcher David Coldman offers a bespoke butchery service to local smallholders, you can even come along and watch. Make sure you get exactly what you want. Contact the office for further details.

HEN HOUSES

Our livestock housing is 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 appeared in the Sept 2016 edition, part of a three-part series on smallholding on small plots. She also writes for Home Farmer. Sally was interviewed by Steve Yabsley for BBC Radio Somerset and Bristol in April 2016 and had a 5-minute slot on his show for a week. We were delighted to read that the Guardian named Empire Farm School in the top 5 butchery schools in the country. Our wild meats day was featured in Shooting Times in January 2015 and our butchery courses appeared in the Sunday Times in January 2016. In August 2016 our butchery courses featured in Waitrose Weekend.

KEEP UP WITH OUR NEWS
Find out more about the farm and our courses via our blog. Follow us on FaceBook

Watch our videos on our Youtube channel

Follow Sally on twitter @Sally_Morgan And finally, Sally’s new book, Living on one acre or less was published by Green Books. The book launch took place at the Edible Gardening Show (11-13 March 2016) where Sally joined the expert’s panel. She was a speaker at the Royal Welsh Show on the Smallholders’ Speakers Corner alongside Charles Dowding on Sunday 22 May 2016.