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Thursday, June 19, 2014
Kate and Myfanwy

Kate strikes a deal, and a Berkshire sow arrives at the farm

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Adam with Highland cattle at his Cotswold Farm Park

Advice for smallholders, from Adam Henson

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Friday, April 25, 2014
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Oct 17, 2012: Every month a team of smallholding experts answer questions in Country Smallholding. Many are on livestock, as this one on keeping goats:

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Do your homework carefully before getting livestock

Guidance from Robert Jeffery of NewLandOwner, who specialise in helping smallholders get started

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Jerry and Dineke Spackman

Jerry Spackman describes how he and his wife Dineke set up their smallholding in Saffron Walden,Essex

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Livestock

What livestock should you choose  for your  smallholding?  Alan Beat has many years experience with animals. Here is his advice

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Alistair, Gabi and Annabelle Lockwood

Alistair and Gabi Lockwood have created a smallholding on rented land in Hampshire with minimal investment. They describes their experience.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

A smallholder needs to know a tremendous amount of stuff. 

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Smallholders know you can get a huge amount done with some fairly basic equipment. Your trusty set of garden tools and your wheelbarrow will, of course, come in for some heavy use as you dig over those beds and get planting.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Most smallholders move on to keeping some larger livestock. Pedigree breeds? Cross breeds? The choice is yours.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

What could be better than going out into your garden and harvesting fresh vegetables to cook for your supper?

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Keeping chickens is often the first step on the road to ‘the good life’

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Friday, April 25, 2014

JAN 17, 2013: Keeping your animals dry and mud free can be a challenge at this time of year.

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Friday, March 28, 2014
Don Faustino in Honduras works on his plot full time

JAN 17, 2013: In last August's issue of CS, a thoroughly researched article by Alan Beat raised the issue of whether small-scale localised organic food production could provide the means of feeding an ever growing world population. Here, another writer, Tim Tyne, gives his point of view

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Many people who would love to have a smallholding are excluded from the outset – because they can’t afford a suitable property.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Do you have the skills to run your own smallholding? There will be plenty of practical tasks, many of which will be unfamiliar at the beginning.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Smallholders are a varied bunch – some have lived in the country all their lives, others leave behind totally different jobs to take up some kind of smallholding enterprise and lead a completely new way of life. You might be thinking of joining their ranks...

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Starting on your first smallholding can be daunting – the lengthy, and often expensive, search for the right property or the right piece of land, perhaps moving to a new area or making career or lifestyle changes are steps towards your smallholding, but once you’re ready to make a start and actually get some animals, or start planning activities, what is it that you need to think about first?

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Friday, March 28, 2014
Progressio Development Worker Project. Malawi 2009

Oct 18, 2012: Organic smallholding has become mainstream, and is increasingly recognised as offering the most practical and comprehensive solution to many of the world’s problems, says author and Country Smallholding writer Alan Beat

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Friday, March 28, 2014
New Holland has launched its 4WD utility vehicle to the UK market, the Rustler 120.

Oct 17, 2012: Think before you buy! Smallholder and author Liz Shankland gives advice on buying equipment or machinery for your smallholding

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Friday, March 28, 2014
Charcoal makers Anna and Pete Grugeon from Devon

OCT 17, 2012: In our December 2012 issue we will feature the final part of our series on making money from smallholding. We feature four case studies, which have a common theme: energy and commitment!

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Friday, March 28, 2014
Check if you need planning permission

Advice from Brian Barrow, managing director
consultants Acorus Rural Property Services Ltd

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Naomi Stannard runs courses at her smallholding in Milverton, Somerset. She and other enterprising smallholders were featured in our December issue by Simon Dawson, who runs courses on Exmoor

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
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Sara Ward has created a mini country smallholding in her back garden in West London

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