A Farm for the Future

Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key.


With her father close to retirement, Rebecca returns to her family’s wildlife-friendly farm in Devon, to become the next generation to farm the land. But last year’s high fuel prices were a wake-up call for Rebecca. Realising that all food production in the UK is completely dependent on abundant cheap fossil fuel, particularly oil, she sets out to discover just how secure this oil supply is. Alarmed by the answers, she explores ways of farming without using fossil fuel. With the help of pioneering farmers and growers, Rebecca learns that it is actually nature that holds the key to farming in a low-energy future

This is part of the ‘Natural World’ BBC TV Series that was shown from 2008-2009.  Not currently being shown, but someone has uploaded it in parts on Youtube:

Rich’s Five Point –  Five Second Review:

1. Called ‘essential viewing’ by Transition Culture

2. Food production and biodiversity are not neccesarily exclusive

3. Another reminder that oil is bloody useful, so useful, we’re gonna run out of it

4. Well, any excuse to buy a scythe!

5. This is the first I heard the term ‘agroforestry

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