Course Tutor 

Sally Morgan

What you will learn

This popular full day course covers a wealth of topics. Its ideal for people thinking about making that step into buying or renting land  or  those who have a large garden and are wondering what they can do with it in order to become more self-sufficient.

Sally covers topics such as the amount of land you need, the absolute essentials, the desirables and things to avoid.  She will cover the  issues associated with planning,  and water and electricity supply,  how to register your smallholding and give you details of some of the grants and subsidies that  you may be able to claim. During the session other topics such as land management, hedging, pasture, rotations, weed control, fencing and equipment are covered. There is a walk/talk  around Empire Farm to view the various livestock pens, polytunnel and the new ‘mini-farm’ set up to show people how you can farm just two-thirds of an acre and be mostly self-sufficient in meat, eggs and veg.

The afternoon session is focused on livestock, covering poultry, sheep, goats, pigs, cattle, and bees – setting up, purchase of stock, how much land they need and the costs of keeping them. We will touch on the sale of produce too. [Note there is no time to go into the detail of keeping livestock on this course rather the pros and cons of the different animal types].



The numbers on these days are limited to 12 people so that everybody has a chance to ask questions.

Price £90  and includes all tuition, course notes, lunch and refreshments during the day.

We offer a £15 discount for the second and subsequent person booked the same time.

Course dates

Sunday 15 April 2018

You can buy tickets for this event by following this link to Origin Tickets


Our Living the good life on less than an acre is a very similar course, with a focus on small areas of land and covers pigs, poultry, bees, fruit and veg. Obviously it doesn’t cover the larger animals – cattle, sheep and goats.