Wel­come!

Country Smallholding - - New Series! - Si­mon McEwan, Ed­i­tor

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

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