Courses and workshops in keeping poultry (chickens, ducks, geese, quails and turkeys), pigs, goats, heavy horses and donkeys. Bees too! Learn the skills you need to care for and raise these animals properly. The course may cover skills such as foot care, feeding, breeding, rearing, ploughing, using a harness and cart (for the horses and donkeys).
Basic beekeeping at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm.
An informal but comprehensive introduction to beekeeping, including a brief history of the honeybee and similar insects, and their use in the garden and agriculture.
Course participants will gain an understanding of the bee’s lifestyle, individual duties and contribution to the colony’s life and development. You will learn how to identify the queen, worker and male drone bee before selecting equipment and suitable locations for hives. General...
Would you like to know how to keep bees sustainably, on a small scale? Many people would like a colony of honeybees in their garden, and on this course I will show you how a hive works, and how to keep your bees happy and healthy with minimal intervention.
Topics covered include:
What type of hive
Where to site your hive
Overview of sustainable management
Plants for your bees
This is designed for people who have either attended the Introductory course and would like more information, or those who already keep bees and need to understand more advanced management techniques and methods, but within the ethical/sustainable framework
This course is also aimed at those who have been keeping bees conventionally but would like to understand a more bee-centred approach. There will be an assumption that you are familiar with beekeeping principles and terminology, but...
An intensive course to get you started, explaining all about the honey bee, helping you choose your hive and equipment, how and where to set up your apiary, the bees management and pests and diseases. Not forgetting when and how to extract that lovely honey. An informal couple of days spent with others interested in beekeeping. A wealth of information from a highly experienced beekeeper and a chance to see the different equipment available, along...
Poultry Keeping - morning course with tutor Alex Logan at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm.
This comprehensive, practical course is designed to show that keeping poultry is not only pleasurable but also quite straightforward. All aspects of care, housing and breeding are covered including breed selection for eggs/meat, feeding, common ailments and diseases, incubation and rearing chicks, hen keeping and the law.
You will need to bring: wellies and dress for the weather as most...
Introduction to Keeping Pigs at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm.
This one day course introduces participants to the processes and legislation that apply to keeping pigs from eight weeks to slaughter. We will cover buying, housing and rearing weaner pigs including feeding and basic health checks. Participants will gain the knowledge and confidence to start keeping pigs for meat.
You will need to bring: A pen, wellies and wear old clothes/overalls
Tutors: Noelle Wilson &...
Ploughing with Heavy Horses at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm.
In this two day course you will learn the basics of ploughing, including how to harness a pair of heavy horses and prepare the plough for work in the field. Through hands-on experience, you will develop an understanding of the basic settings for ploughing a field with two horses. Suitable for beginners, this course is physically demanding.
You will need to dress for the weather...
A One Day Beekeeping Experience
A great experience for anyone interested in Bees, or considering taking up Beekeeping. You will learn in a small group all about this cherished insect, getting the opportunity to see inside a working Beehive. Taking home; a certificate, a pound of honey, a bee related gift and notes about the honey bee.
Course Programme: Saturday 9.30am - 4.30pm
1. Introduction to Bees
Learn all about these incredible creatures; the different...
This one day course is designed for you to discover whether alpacas are for you. We cover topics from how to choose the right alpacas for you, what routine care is required, what medications are commonly used, their nutritional needs, how to spot signs of ill-health, together with plenty of hands-on experience with these enchanting animals. To ensure that everyone gets the most out of our course the numbers are restricted to a maximum of...
Would you like to learn something a little bit different using our wonderful alpaca fleece?
Come and meet the alpacas and learn all about them on our alpaca needle felt workshop ran by the amazing Carol Lonsdale where you will make your own felted alpaca to take home (not a real one!)
Bring a packed lunch and your wellies and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Yarm, North Yorkshire.