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Our Strawbale Classroom project is part financed by the

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

2007-2013: Europe investing in rural areas

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Smallholding Courses

As seen on BBC1 Breakfast Show & "Mary Berry Cooks"

& in The Times, The Independent, The Western Daily Press & the Gloucestershire Echo


Smallholding Courses on beekeeping, sheep, pigs, poultry and waterfowl

**Latest News**

GOATS!! We have now added a section on keeping goats to the Taster Day

Come and meet our gorgeous goats - We now have six Golden Guernseys!

Smallholding &Rural Skills Courses

Perhaps you have always dreamed of running your own smallholding and escaping the rat race or maybe you would just like a few colourful chickens laying fresh brown eggs in a pretty little hen house at the end of the garden. Maybe you have always wanted to look out of your window and see sheep grazing happily in a field outside or have wondered just what it takes to look after a hive of bees.

More and more people are becoming interested in where their food comes from and how it is treated. Attitudes towards food and the way it is produced have changed considerably, fuelled by rising prices and frequent food scares.The easiest way to do this is to produce your own, but only if you know where to start.

We are here to help. Here at Mumbleys Farmhouse, we have developed a range of practical beginners and intermediate courses for smallholders. All courses involve a mix of both practical and classroom sessions and are very relaxed. We start right from the basics, no knowledge is needed and all questions, however ordinary, are welcomed.

Read what other people have said about our courses:

"Jules, just a quick note to say thankyou for two of the best days of my life. the two courses were phenomenal and so much fun and so informative. The food at lunchtime was yummy and was worth coming down just for that. I hope to come down on another course one day (perhaps a goat keeping course if you run one??)... once again thankyou". Trevor Bromell April 2013

"If all courses were like this one, I would spend all my time at them"

"Very enjoyable, educating, interesting"

"Great overview for beginners"

"Exactly what I was expecting and needed"

"The journey back took 3 ½ hours and we didn’t stop talking about the day, arriving home wide awake & still buzzing"

."Nice friendly atmosphere"

"Prior to Saturday we had some self doubts about the whole smallholding idea, it is obviously not easy and there will be disasters but you gave us such an insight into the whole process that we’re no longer too scared to try. Thanks also for the chance to get down and dirty with Plum and Crumble,[The pigs] my jeans now wear the mud from Plum as a badge of honour. Lunch must also get a mention. The quiche made with real eggs, the borage flowers, the cartwheel sized, still warm chocolate cake and the ice cream which as a foodie can only be mentioned in hushed and reverential tones. For the day, the theory, the setting, the animals, the hands on experience, the food, the hospitality and the answers to so many questions plus more than I can explain, thank you."