Come and meet us at one of our events 

Unless stated events are free to members. There is a a small charge for non-members

The Somerset Smallholders Association  is now holding events online.

There will be more
We plan to talk pigs, goats, cattle and and many more. Watch this space.







In the Pipeline

We have lots of ideas for events for the future as soon as Covid 19 let us including: butchery, unusual fruit and veg, a multi-activity workshop and more of the popular smallholding Q&A’s.


Further details of all of these, and more exciting and informative events, will be available in the upcoming magazines here on the website and also Facebook, so stay tuned and don’t forget to book early to secure your place! 

Contact Ian Jones

Looking to Diversify?

We are looking to run a hospitality and accommodation workshop sometime in the new year, covering aspects of diversification into glamping, holiday lets or activity based holidays on your smallholding. We cannot put this together, however, if no-one registers their interest. So, if you are in any way interested in the prospect of offering holiday accommodation or activity-based stays on your land, please get in touch and let us know - we cannot proceed any further until potential attendees register their interest.
To do so email Ian at:

Workshop – Getting Started with a Smallholding   
Thinking about buying a smallholding, or just getting started? This workshop will, give a guided tour of a smallholding, show you bite-sized chunks of running a smallholding including:  Paperwork/registration, land use, fencing, security, services, environmental impact, livestock, transport, equipment etc. 
It will be a face-to-face workshop, socially-distanced and held mainly outdoors,  
To book or for further information, please contact: 

Details of events are updated regularly - for more information please refer to the SSA magazine.

or follow the contact link.

Do you have an idea for a training event or workshop?  Please contact me and I will make it happen -

Regular Events

SUSPENDED Due to Covid 19

Crafty Connections -- next meeting !st February 10:00 till 14:00 - Drop in for all or part of the session. Near Chard.

Craft and Connect with other smallholders. Just bring along your current project and join in. This is not just knitting or spinning people bring whatever they are working on including pyrography, stencil cutting, needle felting and much much more. Also don’t forget to bring your lunch if you want one. Tea and coffee provided but we ask for £1 towards costs.

Looking forward to seeing you on the first Saturday of the month

Elaine H. (email :

Meetings In The Cheddar Area


We have a regular group meeting in the Cheddar area.

Please see the latest Association Magazine for more details of these meetings.

Other Events

POSTPONED Due to Covid 19

Salves, Balms & Weeds

Details to be confirmed but It sounds fascinating.

Seed and seedling bring and share.
It’s all in the title! Bring seeds and seedlings you don’t want if you have any, and take away ones you do want if
someone else brings them. Just to make the whole thing even better bring cake. We will provide tea and coffee and
tables. That’s it really. 

Pasture Management Workshop

By Retired Agronomist, Mr Robert Baker. set around a light bite at lunchtime – so please bring a small savoury or sweet dish. Venue: Chard, South Somerset

Content: Soil management for better pasture inc soil profiles (bring a spit depth profile of your soil if you can). How does the grass grow? – Temperatures for growth (grass and clover), tillering, nutrient levels with growth and season etc Fertilisers – both natural and chemical inc application rates. Pasture care – rolling, harrowing, topping. Weed treatment – both chemical and organic. The pasture care calendar through the year.

Waterproof footwear and very warm clothing is recommended as we could be stood around for a while as we examine the pasture and soil profiles. 

There will be a £3 attendance charge to cover costs on the day.