Small Scale Farming(Spring Season)
There are a limited number of FREE places available on this course, for those aged 19 and over (at the start of the course) and who either have a mental health condition or difficulty, are employed and earning an annual salary less than £17,004 per annum, in receipt of state benefit in your own name and unemployed or working and earning less than £338 per month (or £541 for household claims), are a single parent, or have a social or emotional difficulty. For further details and to apply please email us. To find out more and to view the terms and conditions please view our Community Wellbeing page.
Moving on from Module 1 we start with the theory and practical elements of lambing and flock management including shearing. The Merrist Wood estate also supports sessions on pasture management, planning, tractors and machinery. Visits to local smallholders (including former students) provides an opportunity to share ideas and gain further experience.
The Campus is attractive and easily accessible with excellent student resources all which create an enjoyable learning environment. Practical work is carried out on the extensive 280 hectare estate, with its woodlands, wetland features, livestock and grassland.
- lambing (signs, equipment, assistance)
- cow management (breeds, feeding, health, calving)
- goats (milking and kidding)
- pigs (outdoor and small scale rearing)
- tractors/machinery (uses and types with hands-on experience)
There are both practical and theoretical aspects to this course, using a wide range of animal species.
No formal requirements
Other countryside and animal management courses or run a smallholding.