Past Events

Here you will find details of some of our past events to give you an idea of the sort of things we do.

Smallholders’ Question Time!

 

We held a Smallholders’ Question Time featuring a panel, all of whom have experience in fields such as vegetable growing, poultry keeping, sheep husbandry and general smallholding know how. We discussed such things as sustainable energy, sheep husbandry and growing unusual vegetables, amongst other subjects. Tea, coffee and most importantly, cake, was on hand to see us through what turned into a fun and informative evening.

Produce Show and Follow On Lunch 

 

Our most recent produce show which was judged by our former chairman. it's amazing what diversity there is amongst us.

Sheep 101

Crowcombe, Quantocks

A superb Sheep 101 from a members wonderful sheep shed. We got to meet a variety of breeds; all on show seemed to have a name and an individual characteristic. As each sheep was coaxed out, it reminded me of the sheep show that tours the agricultural shows, with the stars of the show coming out except this time we got to be up close and personal, so to speak.

We were shown handling, vaccinations, worming, minerals, suppliers, borrowing a

ram etc. Whilst many of us there already keep sheep, we all go on learning, and

listening to an experienced sheep farmer as well as exchanging ideas, was extremely

useful.

Watercolor sheep in field

Open Smallholding including Tool Sharpening 
A visit to a smallholding with poultry, Zwartbles sheep and polytunnel run with conservation in mind. A great

opportunity to see how others do things and  pick up some ideas and tips.

A professional tool sharpener was at the event who, for a small charge, sharpened smallholding tools including all

types of shears, knives, mower blades etc 

Trowel

Renting Holiday Accommodations – a Workshop led by  an industry professional with years working in the glamping sector. who now works independently supporting land and business owners to effectively develop or diversify into boutique and experiential types of holiday lets. This was a great opportunity to meet and learn from someone with considerable expertise.

Peg Loom Weaving Workshop

Peg loom weaving is probably the simplest form of weaving and can be used to make rugs, wall hangings, placemats and even bowls from a variety of materials and with quite inexpensive/homemade equipment. It is an excellent way of using sheep fleece without the need to spin it first. The thrifty among you will appreciate making useful items out of old tee shirts and other fabric scraps. If you want to come but don’t have a peg loom let us know when you book.

Hedge-Laying For Beginners

This session does not follow any specific code of hedge-laying (and as many of you will know every region has its own unique style) but will focus simply on making an otherwise untidy and unkempt hedge into something which is stock-proof – to all but the most determined escapees! We will use only manual tools to achieve this and attendees will work together to lay a section of hedge having been shown the basic principles being used. Given we will be working in January you should come suitably dressed for potentially cold and/or wet weather. Good thick thorn-resistant leather gloves, safety glasses, a hat, old coat and waterproof footwear are fundamentals as we may well be working in and amongst hawthorn, blackthorn and brambles. If you have your own tools, a pruning saw/bow saw, and/or billhook please bring these with you. Our Host has very kindly agreed to provide us with hot soup for lunch, but please feel free to bring other food and hot drinks for yourself or to share. 

SOMERSET SMALLHOLDERS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

like to embed our annual micro AGM into a social event.

Bear and Skittles

Saturday 15th February  Always a fun evening.

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Preparing Poultry For The Table

Christmas is coming and the poultry are getting fat…..

 

This workshop will cover dispatching, dressing and preparing poultry for the table. We will be demonstrating all stages of the process and there will be opportunity to practice dry plucking.

 

If you would like to prepare your own bird following the demonstration you are more than welcome to bring them along. This will give you the opportunity to practice the process yourself with someone on hand to guide you through.

Shows we like to attend

The Green Scythe Fair              Yesterday's Farming

 

Mid somerset show                   Various smaller local shows

 

Each show is different but whatever the show we look talk to people about smallholding.