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Richard Davies

  • Joined Nov 2022
  • Wales
« on: November 07, 2022, 01:46:56 pm »

I'd like to introduce myself I'm Richard from South Wales, I'm currently working in the Artificial Intelligence sector.  I've decided I want to specialise in regenerative Agriculture Automation as well as getting more involved in the country life and nature.

I'm currently preparing to purchase a Smallholding in Wales, I wondered if anyone here had advise on Mortgages for smallholdings are there specialist providers I should be contacting?

I'm looking at growing my own vegetable garden, having some chickens and enjoying peace and quiet.

Does anyone have any advise for myself, I don't currently have any knowledge in vegetable growing on animals etc.  But I'm set on this path, in the next 8 months I hope to purchase a piece of land with a house.

Best wishes

« Last Edit: November 07, 2022, 03:18:05 pm by richardleighdavies »


  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Greetings
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2022, 08:41:31 pm »
Hello and welcome to TAS. Lots of folk here never short of advice to give  ;D . If you have a look at the main website articles and diary, you'll get a feel for how we did it.


  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Greetings
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2022, 11:17:36 pm »
Hi Richard, I grew up knowing how to grow plants and care for animals, living on a farm, so I find it a bit difficult to understand in a way when someone doesn't have that as part of their basic knowledge.  I think that in the time between now and when you can buy your smallholding, you need to set out to learn all you can about growing crops and vegetables, to immerse yourself in it. See it as a course with a defined aim and a time scale, with a definite outcome, your knowledge.
Some areas to explore are books, You tube clips, TV gardening programmes such as gardeners world, just to get a feel for the seasonality of growing.  Get yourself some good basic books on gardening - one very good one is old now but still worth reading: Geoff Hamilton's 'Organic gardening'. There are so many more books out there that you just need to choose a couple that interest you most. Often books aimed at allotment growers are ideal for what you need. There are some good magazines too, well one that I would recommend: 'Kitchen Garden magazine' which is aimed at beginners but has plenty of articles of interest to more knowledgeable gardeners. The reason I like to have one gardening magazine is for the pictures!  There's something wonderful about seeing colour pictures of growing veg at a time when the garden is winter bare - it gives me inspiration!   Of course once you have moved to your new home you will have lots of questions which a book will never answer and that's when this group will be most helpful, so expect to ask lots of questions.
I would put in a personal plea that you stick to organic principles for the sake of your health and the health of our planet.  I can see no point in going to the effort of growing your own food if you then grow it in a chemical pot pourri.  The same applies to keeping hens, try to keep interventions as environmentally friendly as possible.

You say you want to specialise in Agriculture automation.  That seems against nature at first, but I think it's the way things will have to go if we are to feed a growing world population from a shrinking area suitable for crops, as climate change progresses.  By learning to grow your own food you will see what AI can do for automation of food production and what areas need innovation.  There's nothing like weeding amongst the carrots to make anyone wish there was a machine that could do that for us  :D
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Richard Davies

  • Joined Nov 2022
  • Wales
Re: Greetings
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2022, 06:15:58 pm »
Hi Rosemary,  Thank you very much for the warm welcome.  I've been reading about your journey, It sounds fascinating.  I'll read about the various guides and book lists.  Thanks.

Hi Fleesewife, I've ordered some books on homesteads but I'll add organic gardening to my list.  I've also subscribed to The Smallholder magazine as I read that was pretty helpful and has some advertisements for smallholdings.  I'll take a look at Kitchen Garden magazine too, thanks for the recommendation.

I plan to grow everything organic, I've been eating organic for the last few years.  I don't want to put pesticides and other substances that haven't been studied for generations.  I'd put my trust in the earth to produce nutritious food for me as it has for our people for tens of thousands of years.

I'm aware that robotics and AI aren't looked upon as natural, but I think powered by solar and designed in a green and sustainable method it can in the future really help out on smaller scale restorative farming it can help to alleviate some of the repetitive work such as weed removal like you've said, if I'm able to do some automation I plan to keep it natural and organic.  Thanks for the advise, I will take it onboard and start reading up.


  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: Greetings
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2022, 10:13:15 am »
Welcome Richard, a few chickens and a veg patch sounds heaven, I agree with FW, Kitchen Garden is a very good magazine, I started off like that, now added more land and sheep and goats, still heaven but more work and veg patch suffered.
Can't help with mortgages, but I hope you get your dream property, and keep us updated  :)


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