Victorian Farm

G’day readers,

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! 

Bok Choy coming along nicely


2 thoughts on “Victorian Farm

  1. You know, I think my wife watched the same show and it sounded fascinating, although she was telling me about some sort of sheep’s head stew they made and left the head inside when they served it? Erk Don’t think that would be for me personally.

    My wife and I both want to keep bees when we buy a house in the future. I think it’s a fascinating process and bees and pollination play such a hugely important role in food production that it’s important to try and do what one can to safeguard the continuation of that process which now seems increasingly under threat, what with bee populations decreasing for seemingly unexplained reasons!

    • Hi Charles, yes that’s the show. they do eat very traditional meals right throughout, including one dish, but i think it was a pig, which included the eyeballs and the brains. Apparently the eyeball was quite tasty, but didn’t hear the verdict on the brains!! Have never eaten anything like that personally, and i commend them on their commitment to being traditional. I think its fantastic to return to some of the wisdom and practices from these early days of farming, but I wouldn’t take on the whole lifestyle. Like you and your wife, we are both very interested in bee keeping and hope to learn this precious skill in the coming years. Here is a link to a local article which discusses the bee problem here and in the US. It’s difficult to tell if there really is a problem in Australia right now, but I believe that we need people to return to bee keeping in order to protect these precious creatures….and ultimately to ensure our own survival.

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