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Small producer case study: gourmet pickled walnuts (Part 2)

Small landholders, Andrew and Bettina Pretsel, are giving pickled walnuts a new lease of life and turning a small niche product into a hit with gourmet food customers.

Small producer case study: gourmet pickled walnuts (Part 1)

Small landholders, Andrew and Bettina Pretsel, are giving pickled walnuts a new lease of life and turning a small niche product into a hit with gourmet food customers.
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  • When Jamie and Lara McCall followed their dream and moved to the ‘country’, they started a journey that would lead to running a thriving organic farm and farmstay business.

    Small producer case study: Creating an organic agritourism experience (Part 1)

    When Jamie and Lara McCall followed their dream and moved to the ‘country’, they started a journey that would lead to running a thriving organic farm and farmstay business.

    Starting a lavender farm

     Have you purchased a small farm, or are you interested in lavender and thinking of starting a lavender farm? Many people do, some as a paying hobby and  others that go on to make a successful business from it.

    Part two: Calf housing and bedding requirements for successful calf rearing

     For small landholders wanting to make a success of calf rearing and make a supplementary income from it, calf housing will be an important  consideration. Providing suitable housing for calves at night and in bad weather for the first 4 weeks of their life can result in growth rates of up to 25%  above those of non-housed calves.

    Part one: Calf rearing – small farmers’ guide to feeding and raising calves

     Hand rearing calves is a popular business for small farmers. The initial investment required for calf rearing is relatively low while labour can generally be  easily worked around off-farm commitments.

    Starting out in olives

    Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions of small and hobby farmer's who want to start farming olives.

    Worm farming: an introduction for the small farmer

    Small farmers can use compost worm's to reduce organic garden and kitchen waste, whilst also minimising dependence on artificial fertilisers.

    Starting out in aquaponics

    Aquaponics is a combination of Aquaculture & Hydroponics.This means that fish and plants are grown in an integrated system, creating a symbiotic relationship between the two.

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