Small Farm Training Group

Talks & Timetable

About the Small Farm Training Group

The Small Farm Training Group (SFTG) aims to enable you to learn better farming, smallholding & horticultural skills. The SFTG is a group of busy people, many of who are in paid employment & are also small scale farmers, who understand the pressures of trying to manage the balance of work & farming & all that it entails; trying to look after the livestock, cope with sheering, hay making, honey harvesting, etc. while at the same time having to go to work.


They run a series of courses over the year which are training related & over this weekend will be offering a selection of talks which are a taster of what they do. Please join them in the NFU Farmer's Barn to find out more.

The Chicken & the Egg

Saturday & Sunday at 11am with Jason Weller

Which came first? How do I keep chickens in my back garden? Is it easy, how much time and space do I need? Want to know more? Then come along to find out what it takes to keep chickens that will produce your own lovely, fresh eggs.

How Can I Be a Smallholder When I Don't Have Any Land

Saturday at 12noon with Andrew Lake

This informative talk from Andrew Lake proves that you don’t need acres & acres of land & space to become a green fingered smallholder.

Smallholders Can Feed the World : Looking at Regenerative Agriculture

Saturday at 1pm & Sunday at 12non with Emma Goodwin

Information TBC.

The Commuter Pig Keeper

Saturday at 2pm with Michaela Giles

Michaela Giles of Tedfold Cottage Farm will discuss her book The Commuter Pig Keeper and talk about how to keep pigs when time is your most precious commodity. She is a member of the Animal and Plant Health Agency’s Pig Expert Group, the Animal Health and Welfare South-East group and an elected regional sector representative for the British Pig Association. She is also a regular writer and contributor for the Practical Pigs magazine.

Put A Buzz Into Your Smallholding : Beekeeping Basics

Saturday & Sunday at 3pm with Ben Pratt

What goes on inside a beehive? What’s all the buzz about bees? How much space do I need and what about my neighbours?

One Man Went to Mow : Hay Making with Hand Tools

Sunday at 1pm with Paul Lovat-Smith

You don't need expensive machinery and contractors to make hay on a small area. And what could be better than working in your field in the summer sunshine? Paul Lovatt Smith will explain more…

Ewe-phoria! My Life with Sheep

Sunday at 2pm with Jenny Cloke

Come and listen to Jenny as she shares the ups and downs of keeping sheep. From foot rot to the joys at lambing time and everything in between.