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Training and Courses

Laine Shepherd is our training manager. Please talk to her to discuss your course requirements.

Please note: If for any reason you need to cancel your place on a course, 2 weeks notice prior to the course date will be required to receive a full refund.  If you have reserved a place, please make sure we receive payment 3 weeks before the course (6 weeks for non-members).

Current Courses

726-114 Towing Training Details
Please ask for dates. £65 (£85 for Non-members) - £630 depending on what is required

784-118 Designing Your Life Details
Saturday 29th April and Sunday 30th April £135 (£155 for Non-members)

794-64 An Introduction to Keeping Sheep Details
Sunday 7th May (10am - 4pm) £55 (£75 for Non-members)

787-100 Advanced Pig keeping Details
Sunday 7th May £60 (£80 for Non-members)

786-92 Introduction to keeping cattle Details
Sunday 14th May £60 (£80 for Non-members)

771-97 Incubation, Hatching & Rearing Poultry Details
Sunday 14th May (10am - 4pm) £55 (£75 for Non-members)

799-121 A Year of Feast and (preparing for) Famine - Make n Bake; Quiches, cakes and freezing, followed by Self-sufficient in Vegetables (talk and tour of Gillings Farm garden) Details
Sunday 14th May £60 (£80 for Non-members)

772-20 Poultry Keeping for Beginners Details
Thursday 18th May (10am - 4pm) £55 (£75 for Non-members)

793-107 Poultry Dispatch & Dressing Details
Sunday 28th May (10am - 4pm) £55 (£75 for Non-members)

790-11 Chainsaw Competence Details
Tuesday 30th May and Wednesday 31st May (9am PROMPT - 4pm) £235 (£255 for Non-members) price includes NPTC certification

774-47 Tractor & Machinery Maintenance Details
Sunday 4th June (10am - 4pm) £55 (£75 for Non-members)

775-74 Land Management Details
Sunday 11th June (10am - 4pm) £55 (£75 for Non-members)

800-121 A Year of Feast and (preparing for) Famine - Make n Bake; Bread, followed by Get ready for Winter; what to grow and how to organise your Winter veg bed Details
Sunday 11th June £60 (£80 for Non-members)

805-122 A smallholder life for me: Becoming a smallholder: why, how, what and when Details
Saturday 17th June (10.00 - 16.00) £55 (£75 for Non-members)

773-20 Poultry Keeping for Beginners Details
Friday 23rd June (10am - 4pm) £55 (£75 for Non-members)

796-120 Advanced Sheep Keeping Weekend Details
Saturday 24th June and Sunday 25th June £120 (£140 for Non-members)

785-119 Edible Garden Design Details
Saturday 1st July and Sunday 2nd July £130 (£150 for Non-members)

807-86 Natural animal health Details
Thursday 6th July £50 (£70 for Non-members)

801-121 A Year of Feast and (preparing for) Famine - Make n Bake; Pastries, Pies and Prepping for the Freezer, followed by Using and Upkeep of Your Polytunnel Details
Sunday 9th July £60 (£80 for Non-members)

791-11 Chainsaw Competence Details
Monday 10th July and Tuesday 11th July (9am PROMPT - 4pm) £235 (£255 for Non-members) price includes NPTC certification

806-122 A smallholder life for me: Becoming a smallholder: why, how, what and when Details
Saturday 15th July (10.00 - 16.00) £55 (£75 for Non-members)

762-63 Building and Maintaining your own Website Details
Saturday 2nd September (9.45 for 10am - 4.30pm) £60 (£80 for Non-members)

760-72 Manage your accounts in Excel Details
Saturday 23rd September £60 (£80 for Non-members)

798-85 Goat Husbandry Details
Sunday 24th September (10am - 4pm) £60 (£80 for Non-members) including a free copy of Peter's book

795-64 An Introduction to Keeping Sheep Details
Sunday 8th October (10am - 4pm) £55 (£75 for Non-members)

802-121 A Year of Feast and (preparing for) Famine - Preserving Day followed by Late Summer Growing in the Garden Details
Sunday 8th October £60 (£80 for Non-members)

779-47B Tractor Maintenance Details
Sunday 15th October (10am - 4pm) £55 (£75 for Non-members)

764-109 Living with Livestock - an introduction to sheep, pigs and cattle Details
Saturday 4th November (9.30am - 4.45pm) £75 (£95 for Non-members)

777-101 Social Media for Smallholders Details
Saturday 11th November (10am - 4pm) £55 (£75 for Non-members)

776-107 Poultry Dispatch & Dressing Details
Sunday 19th November (10am - 4pm) £55 (£75 for Non-members)

803-121 A Year of Feast and (preparing for) Famine - Winter Soups followed by Winter Veg Beds, and Using up your Abundant Produce Details
Sunday 19th November £60 (£80 for Non-members)

804-121 A Year of Feast and (preparing for) Famine - Festive Feasting. Christmas Day comes early with cakes, puddings and pies; a full day of baking and Sue's secret tips to help you have a happy holiday! Details
Sunday 3rd December £60 (£80 for Non-members)

763-63 Building and Maintaining your own Website Details
Saturday 9th December (9.45 for 10am - 4.30pm) £60 (£80 for Non-members)

Pay by faster payments:
Bank Account Name: DASH
Bank Account Number: 31351460
Bank Sort Code: 77-09-21
Bank: Lloyds
Reference: your membership
number and course number

Cheques can be sent to:
DASH Training
Basset Farm
Chilsworthy
HOLSWORTHY
DEVON
EX22 7BL
Make cheques payable to DASH


Training Officer: Laine Shepherd
Basset Farm, Chilsworthy, HOLSWORTHY. EX22 7BL
email: training@devonsmallholders.co.uk
Phone: 07595 296 613


To book your place on a course please email or phone to check availability. training@devonsmallholders.co.uk 07595 296 613

Please note: If for any reason you need to cancel your place on a course, 2 weeks notice prior to the course date will be required to receive a full refund. If you have reserved a place, please make sure we receive payment 3 weeks before the course (6 weeks for non-members). Thank you.

Most of our courses are aimed at adults and are quite intensive, so they are not aimed at children. If you would like to bring a child on a course please discuss it with the training manager before booking. It is assumed that bookings you make are for adults. Only people who have paid the course fee are allowed at the training venue. Do not bring pets or other animals to the training venue unless you are required to do so as part of the course. Most venues are working smallholdings and dogs or other animals (even if left in your car) are disruptive and compromise biosecurity.