Over the weekend, we watched a fantastic 6 part series from he BBC called Victorian Farm. This was a fascinating mini-documentary following three people living for a year on a farm in Shropshire as though they were living in the mid 1800’s. I learnt some amazing things, got a great overview of life as a traditional British farmer, and they mentioned some cool resources, which we have discovered are downloadable for free in pdf form on the internet (they are so old they are out of copyright, hence no charge)! Looks like you can watch a fair bit via YouTube, or the series can be purchased through the BBC shops (and possibly ABC shops here in Australia)…
Brings to mind how many exciting things there are to learn – Bee Keeping is one example. I reckon it would be incredible to produce your own honey for the household or community in this way. And honey is such a nutritious product (and we have just seen it has uses in propagation as well). Taking care of animals is another enormous domain of knowledge. Of course, having animals that you can milk, can also take you into cheese and dairy production, which would be extremely satisfying. We have started noticing some cheese making courses popping up locally, so hopefully one of us, probably Rachel, will head of to learn some of these skills….
I wonder what areas of farming knowledge interest our readers?? Are there any specific topics you would be keen for us to write about (not promising we will, but be great to know, and if we can, we will…)
I will leave you with a photo taken at the farm this week, these are the bok choy seedlings that we planted just a few weeks ago. Already edible!