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. 2020 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

Moving pictures

A hen riding a sheep

A hen riding a sheep

Juno is a big girl (but then she is carrying twins). There's probably room for at least half a dozen hens on her back, but…

From the Diary

  • Cake / Pears / Byre

    Cake / Pears / Byre

    Tuesday 20 October, 2020

    Monday 12th October Wet and miserable. And so is the…

  • Rain / Steers / A&E

    Rain / Steers / A&E

    Wednesday 14 October, 2020

    Monday 5th October Nice day, but showery and the flood…

  • Hay / Rain / Pigs

    Hay / Rain / Pigs

    Monday 5 October, 2020

    Monday 28th September Cloudy and cool but not frosty. Up…

Latest recipes

  • Coconut Cookies

    Coconut Cookies

    Delicious coconutty cookies, can be slightly undercooked to be chewy or over to be crunchy.

  • 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…

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