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Apples & Cider Day

October 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:45 pm

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Do you have an orchard or a few fruit trees and are unsure how to make the best of your produce?  Are you wondering what to do with that fruit glut and how to make the best of what’s growing on your land? Do you want to produce your own juice, ciders, vinegars, jams and chutneys?

This one day course is very hands on – we will investigate the orchard and its trees, looking at planting and layout and protecting the trees to allow orchard grazing.  We will pick, mill and press apples and make juice and learn how to make cider and cider vinegar and you will be able to take home some of your juice to remind you of your day. We will look at methods of preserving and the equipment you need to do this in your own kitchen.  We aim to leave you feeling confident in making the best of your orchard fruit.

Our orchard is just under two acres with seventy fruit trees of various ages, from mature standard trees of between 70 and 100 years old, to youngsters planted in 2006. We have a bountiful mix of cider, culinary and dessert apples, plums, gages and damsons, medlars, mulberries, pears and cherries. Many of the trees are traditional Devon varieties such as the Ice Apple, Quench, Devon Crimson Queen, Oaken Pin, Landkey Yellow gage and Dittisham damson.


10.00 Introductions.

What do you want to achieve from your orchard?

In the orchard: planting, layout, protection, grazing

Tools and equipment for juicing, cider making, chutneys and jams

Picking fruit


Milling and pressing – single varieties and blends

Making cider, vinegar, preserving, freezing and pasteurising

Cream tea and Q+A. Sourcing trees and picking up on all those questions you really want answers to

4.45 Feedback and finish

Do bring: outdoor clothes, clean wellies, waterproofs and probably a change of clothes if it looks like rain. There’s quite a lot of water involved in pressing for juice and cider!

Cost: £120 per person including our comprehensive handouts, homemade lunch, Devon cream tea and refreshments.


About Smallholder Training at South Yeo Farm West

In 2009 we created from scratch the kind of training we wished we’d had access to twenty years previously; practical, realistic, enjoyable, and thoroughly informative. Since then nearly a thousand of you have joined us, and we’ve developed our courses to continue delivering what you want. Our courses are designed to be lively, interactive sessions, with lots of time spent outside experiencing it for real on the farm (rain or no rain), so that we combine theory with practice and send you away with a real sense of what you can do next.   Sitting in the farmhouse kitchen munching our homegrown produce over lunch and tea is the ideal time for dealing with any questions that may not have been answered; recipes and preserving techniques are swapped, life’s dreams discussed, and we find that groups frequently exchange contact details to keep in touch.

We take your desire for effective training very seriously, and our courses are carefully structured to make sure that you are able to absorb a great deal of information, that all your questions are answered, and that you have a completely enjoyable experience.  We think of it as creating the feel of a house party where you can’t quite believe how much you learned along the way (and how well you’ve eaten).  We’ve been doing this smallholding/farming-on-a-small-scale lark together for well over two decades and before that worked in our spare time on a farm for a number of years, so have gathered plenty of knowledge and experience.  Our first smallholding was 3.5 acres so we know what it’s like to work on a modest veg patch, a smallholding and now a farm.



October 14, 2017
10:00 am - 4:45 pm
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South Yeo Farm West
01837 810569


South Yeo Farm West
Okehampton, Devon EX20 3PS United Kingdom
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