Smallholding – farming on a smaller scale
Shropshire Smallholders Group is a non-profit making organisation. We provide members with information and mutual support in all aspects of smallholding including animal husbandry, growing fruit & vegetables and general smallholding interests.
Our members keep a variety of livestock including chickens, geese, turkeys, sheep, goats, pigs and alpaca. Many grow fruit and vegetables, some make cheese or spin wool and make clothes from it.
Some members simply aspire to owning a smallholding, but have not achieved their dream yet. You can learn from our members and from the expert speakers at our monthly meetings at Leebotwood village hall (SY6 6NB just off the A49) where we meet on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm, except during the summer when we may have a farm visit or a trip to some other place of interest.
This months talk is on Thursday 13th November by Steve Jones from Cwm Harry, Newtown. Cwm Harry is a diverse team of specialists, working in community growing, waste reduction, affordable housing, permaculture design, biological water treatment and much more. Steve is their leading permaculture expert and will be talking about “Growing vegetables the permaculture way”.
The usual format of a meeting is:
- Sign in and grab your name badge (so members can get to know names)
- Announcements (eg goods for sale or wanted) and exchange of ideas
- A talk by an expert guest speaker
- Followed by tea, coffee or juice and a big chunk (two if you are lucky) of cake. This time provides an ideal opportunity to socialise with like-minded people.
There is the Members’ Table where you can sell any smallholder items, such as eggs, chutneys, tools & crafts you have made. There is also a seed swap during the appropriate months.
There is no longer a need to book your place to attend a meeting, just turn up
New members are always welcome.
You can join as an individual or as a holding – a bit like family membership, if you would like to join the Shropshire Smallholders Group please contact: Mel Gregory or Margaret Heritage via Email or Telephone: 01588 640538 or download our ‘New Members Application leaflet’ Download
Annual Membership Fees:
Individual – £15
Smallholding – £20
Monthly Meeting Fees:
Member – Free
Guest – £1.00
Visitor – £3.00
Refreshments are now free to members, guests and visitors.