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 college lecturers who are geared to the person-to-person style of instructing in a small group. Our courses are generally held in the evenings or weekends. 

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 (usually) most months with a speaker at 8pm and there’s also the opportunity to browse and borrow from our library.

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 a small dinner after our AGM in November.

We currently have in excess of 300 members across Sussex, into Kent and Surrey with several much further afield. Our members pay just £20 per annum for a family membership, giving fantastic value for money.