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This page lists all sorts of things that are going on in Devon that are relevant to Smallholders. These may be seminars or sales presentations organised by vets or solicitors, on-line events and DASH meetings.

Thursday 23rd February 7pm for 7.30pm - Food Assembly

This meeting is at the Rydon Inn, Holsworthy (EX22 7HU). 

It's a supermarket, Jim, but not as we know it!

Paul Sousek, host of Bude food assembley will tell us how it works, for customers as well as suppliers.

  • Its 100% local
  • Its fresh
  • Its zero waste
  • Its fair to the producers
  • It promotes local economy and creates jobs

This talk is sure to be popular, so please email events@devonsmallholders.co.uk to reserve your place.

This event is organized by DASH. For more information email events@devonsmallholders.co.uk


Wednesday 8th March 7pm for 7.30pm - Chicken Chat

This meeting is at the Rydon Inn, Holsworthy (EX22 7HU). 

An informal meeting with no agenda. Both experienced poultry keepers and people just starting out are welcome. Come and swap tips and stories.

Please email events@devonsmallholders.co.uk to reserve your place.

This event is organized by DASH. For more information email events@devonsmallholders.co.uk


Tuesday 14th March 7pm for 7.30pm - Chicken Chat

This meeting is at the Coaching Inn, South Molton (EX36 3BJ). This is a new venue for DASH in North Devon. Please come along and support us. The venue has a large car park through the arch.

An informal meeting with no agenda. Both experienced poultry keepers and people just starting out are welcome. Come and swap tips and stories.

Please email events@devonsmallholders.co.uk to reserve your place.

This event is organized by DASH. For more information email events@devonsmallholders.co.uk


Thursday 30th March 7.00pm for 7.30 start (or 6pm for tea) - Robin Rea from the Rusty Pig Ottery St Mary

Robin Rea from the Rusty Pig Ottery St Mary gives his philosophy on food, especially pork, rearing, butchering, processing and eating.

This meeting is in East Devon.

The address is Rusty Pig, Yonder Street, Ottery St. Mary, EX11 1HD. The resturant is open from 6pm for pizza plus whatever is good on the day.

Rusty Pig in Ottery St Mary was opened in 2011 by talented chef, Robin Rea. Robin was always passionate about food and travel, and began his career in cooking in Italian restaurants in Melbourne, Australia. He honed his culinary skills in Italy and went on to work with Michael Caines, before becoming a senior chef at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall 's River Cottage in Axminster. As the name Rusty Pig suggests, Robin and his team are experts in all things pig. The premises is both a specialist charcuterie shop and a restaurant where customers can enjoy our artisan produce in truly unique surroundings. Our traditional methods of curing and air-drying match top charcuterie producers in Europe. We make our own continental-style sausages, as well as cured bacons, hams and terrines. We also make air-dried products, such as chorizos, air-dried hams, pancetta and a wide range of salamis. Rusty Pig uses only the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients and works closely with small-scale producers in our community who have the same values as we do. Vegetables are seasonal, game is from nearby woods and moors, and fish is freshly caught off the Devon coast. We sometimes forage for the tastiest ingredients available in the local countryside. The Rusty Pig is all about flavour - once you've tasted our flavours there's no going back!

Numbers are limited so please book your place as soon as possible. email events@devonsmallholders.co.uk

This event is organized by DASH. For more information email events@devonsmallholders.co.uk


Tuesday 11th April 7pm for 7.30pm - North Devon DASH Meeting

The North Devon DASH members meet at 7pm for a 7.30pm kick-off on the second Tuesday of each month at the Coaching Inn, South Molton (EX36 3BJ). This is a new venue for DASH in North Devon. Please come along and support us. The venue has a large car park through the arch.

We are a friendly group of like-minded people who enjoy a relaxed social evening over a few drinks and with some good banter!!  If you would like to join us and do not mind sharing your knowledge with the rest of the group, you would be very welcome.  Maybe you are just starting out in smallholding and want to learn from others, make new friends and ask lots of what you may think are ‘silly’ questions, we are here to help and understand the daunting task of owning land and animals for the first time!!

If you have something you would like to bring to the meeting for discussion or have contacts who may make good guest speakers, please email me at the address below or give me a call.

This event is organized by DASH. For more information email events@devonsmallholders.co.uk


Wednesday 12th April 7pm for 7.30pm - West Devon DASH Meeting

The West Devon DASH members meet at 7pm for a 7.30pm kick-off on the second Wednesday of each month at the Rydon Inn, Holsworthy (EX22 7HU). 

We are a friendly group of like-minded people who enjoy a relaxed social evening over a few drinks and with some good banter!!  If you would like to join us and do not mind sharing your knowledge with the rest of the group, you would be very welcome.  Maybe you are just starting out in smallholding and want to learn from others, make new friends and ask lots of what you may think are ‘silly’ questions, we are here to help and understand the daunting task of owning land and animals for the first time!!

If you have something you would like to bring to the meeting for discussion or have contacts who may make good guest speakers, please email me at the address above or give me a call.

This event is organized by DASH. For more information email events@devonsmallholders.co.uk


April - Brewery Tour - See the newsletter for details

This will take place around the last weekend in April, more details to follow.

This event is organized by DASH. For more information email events@devonsmallholders.co.uk


Saturday 22nd July - Mid Devon Show

Look out for the DASH stand at Mid Devon Show. www.middevonshow.co.uk

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


July - Yealmpton show - See the newsletter for details

Look out for the DASH stand at Yealmpton show. www.yealmptonshow.co.uk

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


July - Launceston Agricultural Show - See the newsletter for details

Look out for the DASH stand at Launceston Agricultural Show. www.launcestonshow.co.uk

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


Monday 31st July - Woolsery Show

Look out for the DASH stand at Woolsery Show. www.woolseryshow.org.uk

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


Wednesday 2nd August - North Devon Show

Look out for the DASH stand at North Devon Show. www.northdevonshow.com

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


Thursday 3rd August - Honiton Show

Look out for the DASH stand at Honiton Show . www.honitonshow.co.uk

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


August - Countryman’s Fair - See the newsletter for details

Look out for the DASH stand at Countryman’s Fair. www.countrymansfair.co.uk

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


August - Okehampton Show - See the newsletter for details

Look out for the DASH stand at Okehampton Show. www.okehamptonshow.co.uk

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


Thursday 17th August - Chagford Show

Look out for the DASH stand at Chagford Show. www.chagfordshow.co.uk

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


August - Holsworthy & Stratton Show - See the newsletter for details

Look out for the DASH stand at Holsworthy & Stratton Show. www.holsworthyandstrattonagriculturalshow.co.uk

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


October - South Molton Apple Fair - See the newsletter for details

Look out for the DASH stand at South Molton Apple Fair. www.orchardslive.org.uk/events-courses/smaf/south-molton-apple-fair-apple-and-craft-show-2016

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.