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Organizations & Campaigns

This space is intended as a register for North Cornwall-wide organisations that wish to support the Transition Movement or that may be useful to Transition Groups.

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DASH for smallholders

Devon Association of Smallholders - DASH

Objectives and Organisation of the Association

DASH was established in 1986 to serve the needs and interests of smallholders and those planning to undertake any kind of country living. It promotes and furthers the interests of smallholders particularly in Devon and the South West and co-operates with other like-minded organisations. It offers members a forum for discussing problems or matters of mutual interest, and runs low cost practical training courses to provide members the knowledge and skills needed for running a successful smallholding.

The Association encourages members to carry out their smallholding activities in an environmentally friendly way and to breed and grow their animals in an humane and caring way.

DASH put on large number of fairly inexpensive courses. Click here for the current list:

Membership is open to anyone interested in the Objects of the Association. Owning a smallholding is not a prerequisite for becoming a member. Individual smallholders and intending smallholders come from a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. Former or present occupations include housewives, builders, civil servants, bank staff, journalists, business managers, solicitors, professors, engineers, farm workers, scientists, doctors and nurses.

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Examples of Courses:

302/47 Tractor & Machinery Maintenance
This course will cover the basic health and maintenance of your tractor including fuel, electrical and hydraulic systems. It will also address maintenance of common farm machinery such as hay mowers, turners, bailers and trailers - and is just in time for this year's harvest!
Tutor: Ian Dixon
Cost: £18

298/28 Herbal Medicine and Relaxation at Home
The course will consider herbs that can be safely used as remedies at home and will include ointment making. We will be in the tunnel, herb garden and workshop. The afternoon session will include the use of herbs for relaxation and the participants will learn how to give and receive a herbal neck and shoulder massage.
Tutor: Hilary Loder DBTh. M.U.R.H.P.
Cost: £18

306/4 Butchery - Production of Meat from Gate to Plate
The second day of an optional 2 day course. This course follows an animal from purchase, feed requirements and general care through to finishing. It then deals with cutting and boning, including different cuts, boning & rolling a joint. Packaging and presentation also covered. This talk takes place on the farm and in the tutor's own cutting room. The course will include two from beef, lamb and pork.
Tutor: Robert James
Cost: £18
Notes: A small charge of £2.50 will be made on the day for the sterile protective clothing provided by the tutor for use in the cutting room.

296/49 Cattle on your Smallholding An introduction to managing cattle on your smallholding. The course will cover how to choose your breed along with the basics of feeding and housing indoors/outside.
Tutor: Pam Wills
Cost: £18

294/48 Introduction to Sheepdog Training
If you have a sheepdog or are thinking of getting a pup then come and learn the basics of how to make man's best friend into man's best assistant.
Tutor: Hilary Jones
Cost: £18