Country Smallholding - - Inside This Month - Si­mon McEwan, Editor

Al­ter­na­tive routes

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.

Time man­age­ment

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.

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