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Smallholding Courses

We run various courses throughout the year at TAS HQ in the east of Scotland, including poultry keeping, sheep keeping, and an introduction to smallholding. 2016 bookings now being taken.

Smallholding Courses


Introduction to Poultry Keeping

We once read somewhere that poultry is usually the first "livestock" enterprise that budding smallholders are likely to undertake. In this guide we'll take you through everything you need to know about keeping hens.

An introduction to pig keeping


Mushroom Soup

A wonderful mushroom soup, lifted by the classic combination of garlic and parsley. It can be made with variety of any mushroom, or even a mixture, but is best with a dark-gilled mushroom or chestnut mushrooms.

Mushroom Soup with Parsley & Garlic


TAS T-shirts

Our TAS t-shirts feature a unique design reflecting many aspects of smallholding. They are screen-printed onto high quality, heavy-weight cotton t-shirts.

TAS t-shirts

Moving pictures

Hector: Copper Black Maran Cockerel

Hector: Copper Black Maran Cockerel

We cleared a big patch of ground recently, and were preparing it for grass seed at the weekend. There were plenty of willing…

From the Diary

  • That was the week that was

    That was the week that was

    Sunday 22 November, 2015

    It’s been a mixed week weather-wise here. Last Sunday…

  • Pigs 2015

    Pigs 2015

    Sunday 22 November, 2015

    As many readers will know, we don’t breed pigs here at…

  • Taylor goes to work

    Taylor goes to work

    Thursday 5 November, 2015

    Bonfire Night and time for Taylor, our tup, to go to work.…

From the forums

Latest recipes

  • Oat and mincemeat cookies

    Oat and mincemeat cookies

    We always make mincemeat before Christmas, when we're making puddings and cakes, and usually enough…

  • Tomato Soup

    Tomato Soup

    This soup is quick and easy to make and rich and tasty, despite using tinned tomatoes. You'll never…

  • Cheese and onion quiche

    Cheese and onion quiche

    An easy to make and delicious quiche, which we've made successfully with frozen eggs. Substitute…

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