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In response to our recent membership survey, we are trialing a new more centralised venue, with better parking and refreshment options, for the next few Friday night meeting and some courses.
Formed in 1983, The Small Farm Training Group (SFTG) is a not for profit organisation based in Sussex, covering the Surrey and Kent areas too. Our aim is to enable members to learn better farming, smallholding and horticultural skills through our subsidised training courses. Our members are all country loving enthusiasts who want to know how to care for land, livestock and equipment in an efficient and professional way. We organise various training courses for the smallholder, or for those interested in a variety of countryside activities, farming, and horticulture. The instructors are often smallholders themselves, trained in instructional techniques, or professional tutors who are geared to the person-to-person style of instructing in a small group.
We also encourage networking in a number of ways, whether to meet new like minded friends, or share advice and get some help. We also offer the opportunity to sell your own produce to other members through our monthly meetings, our private forum pages, or our Facebook page and group.
Our free monthly Friday meetings usually have an interesting and informative professional speaker, and refreshments are provided. This is often a great opportunity to share experiences. The meetings start at 7.30 pm on the third Friday of most months with a speaker at 8pm and there’s also the opportunity to browse and borrow from our library. We actively encourage our members to bring along their produce to sell at these meetings, truly locally produced direct from the supplier.
We also arrange social events such as our annual “bring and share” picnic where members can showcase the best of their crop, and enjoy what others have produced too, we also have behind the scene tours of locally smallholdings in the summer months. We also have a small dinner after our AGM in November, often with an after dinner speaker from the local area.