We launch two new feature series this month. One will focus on courses available for smallholders, with one course featured each month. To launch the series, we look at a basic smallholding course offered at River Cottage ( see page 5). The other new series will follow the smallholding journey of Sam Gray, author of the book Doing It In Wellies. Sam, who has a smallholding in Shropshire, starts off by explaining her morning routine ( see page 8). Sam’s features will alternate with ones by Donald Macsween, who has a croft on the Isle of Lewis. Donald is a leading figure in crofting circles and also presents a BBC TV series in Gaelic. Look out for Donald’s first feature in next month’s CS.
Other features this month include one by our veteran writer Alan Beat who describes how he set up a community hedge laying group (see
page 31). On page 35, Alice Harlan explains how she got going on her smallholding with a crowdfunding project. Alice gives lots of tips for other smallholders who might wish to generate funding for a project in this way. On page 46, Kim Stoddart investigates the risks from the overuse of antibiotics and suggests alternatives. Tim Tyne continues his series on setting up a small-scale dairy on page 14. We are also delighted to team up with Omlet, the makers of iconic hen houses, and offer one of their new-look Eglu Cube models. This is a fabulous prize worth £700. See our free Poultry section to find out how to enter. Enjoy!
The prize Eglu Cube