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.)
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
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
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
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
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
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…Continue
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…Continue
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:
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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