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Jul 12
Dawn Lee replied to Dawn Lee's discussion Start up Smallholders Association- East Midlands (Northants/Leicestershire/Cambs &group Beds)
"Hi Alan- there is now a FB page for East Midlands Smallholders Association. Quite a few people have joined in one day so looks promising. Please have a look and I will add you to the group. Regards, Dawn"
Jul 12
Terry Mortimer replied to Dawn Lee's discussion Start up Smallholders Association- East Midlands (Northants/Leicestershire/Cambs &group Beds)
"Hi Dawn I have just joined and I saw this message. I am very interested in a smallholders association. I live in Maidwell, Northants. Regards Terry"
Jul 12
Dawn Lee replied to Dawn Lee's discussion Start up Smallholders Association- East Midlands (Northants/Leicestershire/Cambs &group Beds)
"Hi Jan- I have just set up a FB page (East Midlands Smallholders). I need to start putting more on this page and start promoting it. As soon as there are sufficient members, we can put a programme of events and meets in place. Dawn AKA lonely goat"
Jul 12
Jannie replied to Dawn Lee's discussion Start up Smallholders Association- East Midlands (Northants/Leicestershire/Cambs &group Beds)
"Hi lonely Goat, I would like to join an Eaast Mids group, I have a smallholding in willington Derbyshire Jan"
Jul 11
Profile IconDiane Carpenter, Mark, Jenny Dunstall and 32 more joined Smallholders Online
Jul 11
Sky McCain posted a blog post

Why do organic farmers have to pay for certification

Why do organic farmers have to pay for certification rather than farmers who use toxic chemicals? BLOG HOME 3 Posted Jul 10 2016 by Simon Fairlie of The Land Magazine “So if you’re a farmer and you want to produce food without using chemical fertilisers or pesticides, you have to pay to be certified, putting you at an immediate disadvantage compared to farmers who do use chemicals.” Phil Chandler and I(Sky McCain)  made this point 17 years ago through the Wholesome Food Association.  Still…See More
Jul 11
Stefan de Freres replied to Marcus Same's discussion Where is everybody?
"There seems to be very little interest in this group from all the 1100 membership (Not even from the site management) so I see little to no point at all in remaining a member here myself. I wish I could truthfully say it's been a…"
Jan 3
Marcus Same replied to Marcus Same's discussion Where is everybody?
"I was surprised to get an email this morning saying there's some activity on here. It good to see, and I apologize for my absence ;) Have a wonderful New Year Stefan, and everybody who reads this. :)  P.S. please come back everybody and…"
Dec 31, 2015
Stefan de Freres replied to Marcus Same's discussion Where is everybody?
"I guess that seeing as you disappeared without taking up my offer it's a no. Oh well, ya don't know what ya missing on New Year's eve from the land down under. I bet ya don't get offers on Facebook and Twitter as good as that.…"
Dec 31, 2015
Stefan de Freres replied to Marcus Same's discussion Where is everybody?
"Good evening Carole. I see that you're online right at this moment so as I've just popped in here while my snags are cooking away on the barbie I thought I'd ask you if you fancy one? Chicken herb & garlic they are, and homemade…"
Dec 31, 2015
Carole Youngs replied to Marcus Same's discussion Where is everybody?
"1100 is a drop in the ocean compared to the millions on FB and Twitter ... so I'm afraid I tend to go to Twitter for a quick, interesting, fun, informative exchange - there are lots of farmers and smalholders online and the reparte is lively…"
Dec 31, 2015

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Welcome to Smallholders Online

Welcome to this network of smallholders, kitchen gardeners and all kinds of people interested in smaller-scale planet-friendly food production. Please jump in, say hello, connect with old friends and make new ones.

Our network is a rich resource for learning about smallholding, making contacts, swapping ideas and helping each other. Between us we have a wealth of experience, whether we're diggers, dreamers, thinkers or all three.

If you're new here, we have a section just for you - scroll down the home page. And click the Notes tab above for some "how-to" information about this network and to see our community guidelines. (If you're thinking of joining, please note that membership is moderated to avoid spam, so approval may not be immediate, depending on availability of the network administrators.)

Forum

Start up Smallholders Association- East Midlands (Northants/Leicestershire/Cambs &group Beds)

Started by Dawn Lee in Discussions - General. Last reply by Dawn Lee Jul 12. 8 Replies

Hello- Is anyone interested in starting up or joining an East Midlands Smallholders Association? There seems to be lots in Norfolk, Suffolk and Devon but not many for middle of the country. Many years ago I restarted a young farming group, which…Continue

Where is everybody?

Started by Marcus Same in Discussions - General. Last reply by Stefan de Freres Jan 3. 17 Replies

I like this site and look in frequently, but I'm disappointed and frankly surprised, by how little activity there is here. Why is that? - is it because everyone is on facebook? - if so, then shame on you I say. Facebook is the pits. Complete…Continue

Dairy goats on a small scale.

Started by Stefan de Freres in Discussions - General Dec 30, 2015. 0 Replies

I'm wondering if there are any other members here who are presently keeping, and working with a small scale dairy goat herd?I ask because I am just in the process of setting things up to run a few dairy goats on my new property and would like to be…Continue

Tags: goats, Dairy

Pigs

Started by Linda Curtis in Discussions - General. Last reply by Stefan de Freres Dec 30, 2015. 1 Reply

Hi I am looking into keeping some pigs for meat. I want to start off with just a couple but hope to get more. Can anyone advise me on what breed is best for a beginner and also good for meat. Also everyone I speak too have said that the feed is…Continue

Is this Spring?

Started by Marcus Same in Discussions - General Mar 8, 2014. 0 Replies

It's very nice to have a bit of sun again, and the ground is drying well now. Plants in the tunnel are starting to really move and seedlings coming up too :-)How are you all doing?Continue

Rain and more rain..

Started by Marcus Same in Discussions - General. Last reply by Tess Marshall Mar 1, 2014. 1 Reply

Most of my land is like a marsh which makes it impossible to do much.Fortunately a small corner of my veg garden area is better drained, so after a rare dry and windy day I was able to do a little work there. I've been building some raised beds in…Continue

Blog Posts

Why do organic farmers have to pay for certification

Posted by Sky McCain on July 11, 2016 at 21:38 0 Comments

Why do organic farmers have to pay for certification rather than farmers who use toxic chemicals?

 

BLOG HOME 3 Posted Jul 10 2016 by Simon Fairlie of The Land Magazine

 

“So if you’re a farmer and you want to produce…

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Alan Beats New Book and Blog

Posted by Sky McCain on December 29, 2015 at 11:04 0 Comments

 

Some of you may remember that Alan Beat started the Smallholders online newsletter back a few years ago during the disgraceful burning of thousands of cattle and sheep here in the UK.  The newsletter was extremely informative and also…

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This article is encouraging.

Posted by Sky McCain on May 7, 2014 at 6:07 0 Comments

Fixing Farming Without Breaking Food

By Victoria Bekiempis

Filed: 4/24/14 at 9:10 PM

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Supershedding

Posted by Sky McCain on May 5, 2014 at 22:46 0 Comments

Who thinks it is cool to label factory farming and animal torture like this?…

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Small is better

Posted by Sky McCain on May 5, 2014 at 5:52 0 Comments

 The challenge is huge but the solution may be small very small…

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Funding Available

Posted by Sky McCain on March 5, 2014 at 8:19 0 Comments

Dear All,

Below are a couple of notices that may be of interest:
1. Launch of the Seed Fund for food businesses in the SW that have been in business for less than 3 years
2. Information on Transition…
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We're very glad you've joined. Here are a few of the things you can do next to help you get the most out of the network:

Add a photo to your profile. It's amazing how much difference this simple step makes in emphasising that we're a network of human beings, not cyborgs, and it's very easy: click here to find out how.

Introduce yourself. Go to our ongoing discussion thread called, appropriately enough, "Introductions" and tell us a few things about yourself. Mind gone blank? For starters, how about your reasons for joining the network, your favourite breakfast and one random fact about yourself.

Post some photos of your smallholding or garden.

Join a special interest group. We have a group for almost every subject: bees, chickens, goats, people looking for land, food and cooking, small ads to name only a few. Don't find the group for you? Start one.

Read our community guidelines, which are simple, straightforward and promote a good experience of this network for all our members.

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Who runs this network?

The Smallholders Online network is sponsored by the Wholesome Food Association (WFA), a non-profit organisation providing an alternative point-of-sale symbol for small growers and food producers who can’t afford the cost and time involved in organic certification but who use nature-friendly methods, and supply their produce to local customers. Find out more about the history of the WFA here.

Tess Giles Marshall runs Smallholders Online and is also managing director of the WFA.

Smallholders Online started out as a email newsletter founded by Alan Beat and Ron Skingley in 2002 and was edited for much of its history by Sky McCain (who founded the WFA).

Marian Van Eyk McCain started and ran Smallholders Online until mid 2010.

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