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Introduction to Smallholding Course


smallholding course


Date: Saturday 18th September, 2021
9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Cost for this course is from just €145 including lunch and refreshments.

Smallholding Class 18th September 2021

This introduction to Smallholding course will cover the skills and techniques needed for those who dream of establishing or expanding their smallholding.

Residential options are available.

The subjects covered on this residential Introduction to Smallholding course will include:

  • Sheep/Cattle/Pigs/Goats:
    • Regulations
    • Feeding
    • Housing
    • Diseases and treatments
    • Breeding
  • Beekeeping & honey
  • Veg gardening
  • Growing in a greenhouse or tunnel
  • Smallholder DIY
  • Storing & processing your produce
Introduction to smallholding Course

Cost for this course is from just €145. Accommodation is also available.

Course Tutors

The Introduction to Smallholding course will be led by Francis with other local experts contributing throughout on topics like animal husbandry and brewing!

Francis Nesbitt

A computer scientist & web developer by training, Francis is a smallholder, gardener, brewer and beekeeper by passion. In early 2000, Francis swapped the big city and a career in IT sales for a rural life. Francis established a small, successful web development company at Croan and so has invaluable experience in how a move to the country can be made sustainable.

When he moved to Croan Francis  took on a couple of pigs, an overgrown walled garden and a very steep learning curve. Today Francis enjoys passing on the lessons learned to others dreaming of the ‘Good Life’.

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