Self Sufficiency - Vegetable Growing

Emma & Steven moved to Maes Mawr in July 2016, having had animals previously on a separate site from their home address, they wanted to simplify life and enjoy the experience of having their animals right outside the house.

Having offered chicken keeping courses before they now want to share their experiences in what they have learnt along the way to creating a smallholding from scratch and creating a thriving business on site.

The course is intended to be a specific course relating to the keeping of Goats for milking and breeding. We do not breed our goats for meat.

LOCATION -  Maes Mawr, Llanllyfni LL54 6DG

COST -  £110 including lunch and a cream tea in the afternoon.

TIMES - 9.30am - 4.30pm

We aim to fit in the below topics, however this is a relaxed day and questions are invited.

9.30-9.50am Arrival and time to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and get to know us and those also attending on the day.

9.50-10.20 - We stay indoors for the first part and discuss the practicalities of growing your own veg. Can you supply your own kitchen all year round and how much space are you going to need to do that.

10.20 - 11.30 - We will behind with a tour of the vegetable garden and the fruit beds. We will talk you through our layout, what works for us and the site around it. We will show you how to plan for windbreaks, shelter for growing veg.

11.45 - 12.30 - We will show you the propagation system we have in place and how we bring the plants on, what infasturture we have in place for starting the vegetables off.

12.30 - 1.30 - A chance to have a sit down and enjoy a home cooked lunch with us in the cabin. We can cater for vegetarians, vegans and any food intolerances. Please let us know when you book.

1.30 - 3.30 - We will then spend sometime inside whilst we talk about various types of veg, how to know when to plant, how to know when to harvest and some advice about spacing and direct sowing.

3.30 - 4.00 - We will return to the vegetable garden and have a look at the construction of the greenhouse where you can see how you yourself can create one for yourself expanding your vegetable growing area at home.

4.00 - 4.30 - Afternoon cream tea and an opportunity to talk with each other and ask any further questions will be held on the veranda of the greenhouse. 

Assuming the weather is kind you will also get the opportunity to enjoy the gardens and the views that Maes Mawr has to offer.


We will be outside for part of the day come rain or shine, please wear suitable and sturdy footwear. Sun cream and hats if the weather is forecast warm. You will be spending time with the livestock so we suggest you bring separate footwear and plastic bags to put your footwear inside to prevent any animal manure in your car. Please note, you will be welcome to come and meet our male goats, they do however have at certain times of year have a distinct and strong odour which you may wish to not take home with you. Suitable waterproof trousers and perhaps a change of top might be worth while considering. 

We have full washing facilities for you to use after handling any of the animals.


We will provide you with a printed information pack, however a note book might be useful and you are welcome to take any photos as we go round.

We have a maximum number of 6 on the course (unless pre-arranged with us) so that the group can all enjoy what we have on offer and get the opportunity to get hands on where necessary.


We have no accommodation on site however there are two holiday houses within 3 minute walk of our smallholding and we are linked to Island Farm Living, who offer off grid accommodation and glamping pods and who also offer a number of crafty courses onsite should you wish to attend one of our courses whilst on holiday.  


Please send us an email to book your place with us and let us know how you'd like to pay. Once you have our confirmation of your place booked we will send out a short information pack for you detailing our location, directions and confirming any dietary choices you have made including a receipt for payment.


We accept payment via a bank transfer, alternatively you can send the money via PayPal using the link for 'Sending money to family or friends' to avoid charges when using your card or PayPal account to send money.


We would only cancel your booking if the course does not meet its minimum number to run. We would however attempt to offer you an alternative future date. If this was not possible, or unacceptable to you, then we would refund all monies paid by you. Our liability would not extend beyond this refund. Due to our small business, we reserve the right to make a full charge for cancellations made within 7 days of the course date. This charge will only apply if we are unable to sell your place on the course.

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