First Time Farmers (5 x 60′) – Observational documentary series looking at all aspects of farming life through the eyes of the younger generation. Set in the picturesque English countryside, these fresh faced individuals are certainly not your average looking traditional farmers – they are the hard-working modern breed of the farming generation breathing new life into the agricultural world.
Filmed over a six-month period, the series lifts the lid on the dilemmas, pressures and daily grind of young farmers living in the Cotswold’s, Herefordshire and the West Country. A career in agriculture doesn’t mean it’s all work without play, these young farmers will share how they balance life living on the farm and if there is any room left for love, laughter and partying with mates. Their family and friends reveal what they make of their preferred lifestyle, and the young farmers are given advice by the more experienced older generation of farmers.
Each episode features three new young farmers including apprentices, shepherds and slaughter men. Aged from sixteen to early twenties, the youngsters reveal why they have chosen to work in the most ancient and grueling of trades. Some of the young farmers have had their careers mapped out since birth, inheriting farms built by generations of their family before them; whilst others are a building a career from scratch with no farming background at all. One young farmer even quit his city job for a calmer pace of life in the countryside. Whatever the reason, all the young farmers have one thing in common – they must face the daily challenges that could severely impact their livelihood. Every day they worry about whether enough rain will fall, if their lambs will survive birth or if a disease could wipe out their livestock?
Channel: Channel 4
Producer: Monkey Kingdom
TX: 11th January 2013
Source: Channel 4 press release