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I have been mesmerized by this!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltA-5bgqTCc&feature=relmfu

Historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn face up to the challenges of the biggest revolution ever seen in the history of the British countryside as they turn Manor Farm back to how it was run in the Second World War. When Britain entered the war, two-thirds of all Britain's food was imported - and now it was under threat from a Nazi blockade. To save Britain from starvation, the nation's farmers were tasked with doubling food production in what Churchill called 'the frontline of freedom'. This meant ploughing up 6.5 million acres of unused land - a combined area bigger than the whole of Wales.





Of course, looking at it through the lens of a permaculturalist/low carber/progressive libertarian is painful at times. I'd be great to discuss many of the issues this series brings up.
 
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The first link may have been taken down but there are others that work but the quality can be sketchy. Here's another to try:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8vaexIRSZ0
 
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This meant ploughing up 6.5 million acres of unused land



Yikes.

 
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Like I said, painful. After 5 years of tilling - plus culling most of the livestock - the fertility went downhill. I kept wanting to shout at the screen - but it was still mesmerizing.
 
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thank you so much for sharing these vids...great lessons. If only they knew about tree crops - but when nazis are knocking on the door, planting a baby english oak doesnt make a whole lot of sense. Super sad to hear about all the tilling though...after 60 years it could surely recover but yeah - no bueno
 
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Check out the 2 other ones - Edwardian Farm & Victorian Farm. They're less painful from a permaculture perspective.
 
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Bump!
 
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It comes & goes on youtube. Amazingly, BBC made a website for the show, is promoting the book but you have to work pretty hard to find a way to purchase it legit.
 
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you have to work pretty hard to find a way to purchase it legit.



The bbc has three suppliers listed. But I'm not sure if they are shipping outside the uk.
They also have the DVD 'Farm collection'. You can find the list of DVD's here.

--- Ludger
 
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I didn't see a link on the show website, which I thought kind of odd. If anyone finds a downloadable version to purchase, please post it here! So far, iTunes doesn't carry the show - only the book.
 
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A quick search for 'wartime farm' on youtoube currently gives a proper hit, but see above.

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