HUMBLE BY NATURE is the story of two people prepared to follow their hearts and save a small part of British farming heritage, whatever the consequences.
In 2010, UK TV presenter Kate Humble learned that a nearby farm in the Wye Valley where she had lived for four years was set to be sold off, broken up into lots to maximise its value. It was a sign of the times: another small farm lost and another opportunity for a young farmless farmer gone.
Kate contacted the council with an alternative plan: to keep the farm a working farm. After six months of plans and endless meetings, Kate and her husband, Ludo, finally convinced the council that their plan would work, even though they hadn't the first clue of how to run a farm. What follows is a highly personal account charting the daily highs and lows of the farm's pivotal first year. It also has recipes and other practical tidbits peppered throughout.
Kate Humble is a writer, smallholder, campaigner and one of the UK's best-known TV presenters. She started her television career as a researcher, later presenting programmes such as Animal Park, Springwatch and Autumnwatch, Lambing Live, Living with Nomads, Extreme Wives, Back to the Land, A Country Life for Half the Price and Escape to the Farm. Her other books include Humble by Nature, Friend for Life, Thinking on My Feet, A Year of Living Simply and Home Cooked. Thinking on My Feet was shortlisted for both the Wainwright Prize and the Edward Stanford Travel Memoir of the Year.