How is it possible for new smallholders to get up and running given the exorbitant cost of rural property? Those with limited funds don’t have much hope of achieving their dream of buying a country property with land. But there are some alternative routes, and these are explored by two of our writers this month. Tim Tyne comes up with a long list of suggestions in Tim’s Tips on pages 37-38. These range from renting small fields to ‘share farming’ and crowdfunding to buying cheap property at auction. Kim Stoddart suggests a log cabin which is considered a mobile home for planning purposes. She presents a case study showing how one couple achieved their dream and set up an alpaca business by going down this route. You can read Kim’s suggestions on pages 55 and 57.
How does a career smallholder manage his working day? We get an insight into this in the second part of Tim Tyne’s series on time management on pages 17-18. Tim, right, explains in detail how he and members of family handle the work on their very substantial smalholding in Wales, and how they each have specialist areas of expertise. It is a fascintating feature and will hopefully be instructive for other smallholders.