Bookings: Please fill in the form below, choosing your preferred course from the drop down menu, and we’ll send you an invoice. Once payment has been received we'll send your booking confirmation including directions to the farm and any other information you might need. Please note that your place will only be confirmed once full payment is received. If you have any questions, prefer to make a booking by phone or email, have any problem with the form or want to discuss a bespoke option, please email or phone us and we'll be delighted to help. If you haven't received an email from us within 24 hours of making your booking please phone or email as technology isn't infallible.
The venue: All our training takes place at South Yeo Farm West, our 108 acre farm in the culm grasslands of Devon on the fringes of Dartmoor.
Dates: We have a wide range of course dates throughout the year. If you are unable to make the listed dates we are happy to discuss alternatives.
Bespoke courses: If you
want something particular that you can't find elsewhere, if we have the
skill and the knowledge we can create a course specially; we are always
happy to tailormake a course for you, so do contact
us to discuss, and
if we can help, we will. If you'd like to book a course for a group of friends that deals with your particular interests, we're happy to discuss that too. Details on our bespoke options can be found here.
Costs: The fee for our courses can be found on the relevant course pages - click on the tabs above.
Funding: From 2010 to 2013, eligible smallholders in Cornwall and farmers and foresters based in the wider South West region were able to access 50% of some of our course fees through the Duchy College Rural Business School's SW Skills Programme, a Rural Development Programme for England RDPE initiative. Unfortunately this funding is not currently available, but we will update if things change. Our courses are eligible for Lantra's Women in Work scheme.
Course materials: We provide comprehensive, helpful handouts, plus a booklist and pamphlets/DVDs for you to
take away so that you can concentrate on what’s being said and discussed
rather than taking copious notes. But do bring a notebook for those off
the cuff gems. You can browse and purchase from the range of books that we have found
particularly useful, through Amazon.
The food: We provide tea/coffee, biscuits or flapjacks, a homemade lunch and a Devon cream tea, all made from our own produce wherever possible, seasons allowing. Typical lunch menus might be veg patch soup, or Scotch Broth using our own mutton, with homemade rolls, local cheeses, and a variety of our own chutneys, or perhaps Devon Ruby cottage pie with pak choi and rainbow chard stirfry, or venison casserole with mushrooms and shallots and a baked spud, or our own Devon Ruby beef burgers on sourdough, washed down with apple juice or cider from our orchard. It's home made pizza on our cob oven day. For tea there'll be homemade scones and jams with local cream or Noemi's hot apple cake or upsidedown raspberry cake or blackberry crumble with thick cream. In the summer there might be salads from the garden, duck egg mayonnaise, slices of roast Berkshire gammon or whatever looks good that day. We frequently cater for vegetarians, and do tell us if you have any dietary restrictions (we just need to know in advance). You tell us that the food we make and serve on our courses is wonderful, and you certainly won't go away hungry.
Access: Unfortunately the farm is not suitable for people in wheelchairs. Please note that the terrain is quite hilly, uneven in places, and very wet in others (just your typical culm grassland farm). There may be some running about if the sheep are feeling frisky, and there is quite a bit of walking involved (NOT for the DIY website course!).
Dogs: We have big, friendly dogs
who will undoubtedly make their presence felt at some point. We do ask
you not to bring your own dogs to the farm as they find our training
confusing and somewhat difficult with paws.
Accommodation: For those of you travelling some distance, we don’t provide overnight accommodation on the farm but there are some lovely options very close by. You can find our suggestions here.
Travel: Most people do travel to us by car, but it is possible to reach us by public transport and taxi. Our nearest station is Exeter St Davids. From there you can either take a bus to Okehampton, or hire a car or a taxi – both of which you can arrange in advance for the 45 minute journey. The exact time/distance will obviously depend on where you are staying, and your accommodation hosts are likely to be able to make these arrangements for you. If you take a bus to Okehampton from Exeter St Davids (buses leave every hour) you can order an Okehampton based taxi from Okehampton Taxis or Ed's Taxis or Amethyst Taxis to take you to your accommodation. There are also two Exeter taxi companies you might find useful: Capital Taxis and Exeter Taxis.
Gifts: More and more of you are buying a place on one of our courses as a gift, so if you are treating a special someone let us know and we can send them a card by email or snail mail as you prefer to let them know about the treat ahead.
Children: We do not take children under the age of 14 on courses that are open to the public, and all children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. If you book bespoke days for your family, children are very welcome, with parents or guardians taking full responsibility for their wellbeing.
Cancellations: We will do our utmost not to cancel training events but if we have to because of events outside our control, we will arrange an alternative date. If you are forced to postpone your booking, we will do our best to accommodate you on an alternate date if you give us 14 days notice. If you decide to cancel your booking we will retain £25 per person to cover administration costs and refund the remainder of the fee, if you give us more than 14 days notice. For cancellations within 14 days of the course date we will refund 50% of the fee. For cancellations within 48 hours of the course date, no refund will be given unless we have someone on a waiting list who can take your place.
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