Escape to the Farm

We’re back with Kate Humble on her farm in Monmouthshire. She bought this little part of Wales 10 years ago. Now, a decade on, the farm is packed with pigs, cows, sheep and goats – but for Kate, this is a working farm which means 24/7 hard graft.

We’ll join Kate and friend Farmer Tim as they cope with a deluge of cute baby animals, the worst of the weather and all the day-to-day drama of a working farm.

We’ll also be with Kate as she indulges her passion for cooking, and on her favourite walks, immersing herself in nature.

Episode 5

Kate’s joining friend Rob Penn in his quest to plant a million trees on the hillsides of the Brecon Beacons. Rob is passionate about preserving our all-too-rare existing ancient woodlands – and creating the ancient woodlands of the future – in his Stump Up For Trees project. Kate walks with Rob around old and new woods and has a plan to add to the thousand trees she has already planted at her little farm, using brand new tree guards made almost entirely of sheep’s wool!

Back at the farm, Kate’s up at the crack of dawn to help with the milking of a neighbour’s flock of goats, producing delicious rich milk for the local creamery in Abergavenny, where they make a delicious soft goat’s cheese – and despite some hi-tech methods, it’s still a surprisingly hands-on process.

We also catch up with Farmer Tim’s enthusiastic young sheepdog Connie, who’s coming on in leaps and bounds – most of the time! Kate takes a trip into the pine woods with Liz Knight, gathering fresh pine needles to add a special flavour to a lemon and polenta cake. In the kitchen, Kate’s producing slow-roast shoulder of goat, accompanied by a Middle Eastern-inspired harissa slaw.

And having planted a crop of new trees on the farm, Kate has to wave a sad farewell to a mighty ash tree, as her friend Paul Carter and his team of tree surgeons fell a 50-foot high victim of ash dieback. It’s a dramatic and wistful end.

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Episode 4

Soon after Kate bought her little farm in Monmouthshire, she planted a thousand trees around the land. Now, nearly 10 years on, it’s time to thin the young trees, leaving the best ones to grow big and strong. But using heavy machinery on wet and boggy land would make a terrible mess – so Kate’s brought her friend Kate Mobbs-Morgan and her powerful Ardennes horse Kip to clear the trees in a more traditional and forgiving way.

In the kitchen, Kate starts the day with a poached duck egg with fresh green chillies on a toasted crumpet, then cooks up a hearty Italian-style woodsman’s pasta with porcini mushrooms and pancetta. A colourful and delicious vegetarian ratatouille rounds up the day’s recipes.

The farm goats have had several litters of kids, but they’re so secretive that Kate’s never seen them actually kidding, so she’s set up a cunning camera system to try to film them, and witness that special moment for the first time. Will it be 6th time lucky?

Farmer Tim heads out to the local blacksmith to get himself a bespoke, super sharp billhook for his hedge-laying jobs. The furnace rages, the hammers pound… and sparks most definitely fly. And Kate tackles a long historical walk – from mighty Chepstow Castle, via Piercefield House and its surprising 19th century owner, to the Eagle’s Nest – with magnificent views out over the rivers and surrounding Wye Valley countryside.

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Episode 3

It’s lambing season so it’s all go on the farm. There’s a middle of the night emergency, Kate does her best but will it be enough to save the lamb? While Kate is on night shifts, Farmer Tim is on day times so Kate makes him a warming lentil and tomato soup to keep him going.

Kate and Liz Knight brave the cold and go foraging in search of the taste of sunshine. The result is a delicious taste of coconut with a foraged pina colada and gorse flavoured chocolate mousse.

Closer to home, Kate and Teg go for a walk up Devil’s Pulpit with stunning views across the Wye Valley and Tintern Abbey. Kate stops in to see Ed and Tori who run Kingstone Brewery in Tintern and make some delicious beer bread. Back on the farm Kate uses a bottle of their pale ale in her Asian inspired mussel recipe.

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Episode 2

It’s Farmer Tim’s birthday and he celebrates with a walk with Kate in the hills where he grew up.

Kate accompanies Tim on a shopping trip as he goes to look for a suitable Piétrain boar to, ahem, service her sows. The breed is renowned for its “big bums and wide shoulders” and the chosen one is certainly impressive in another, particularly important, aspect.

Back in the farm kitchen, Kate’s cooking a vegetarian twist on a meaty classic – beet bourguignon, made with beetroot and plenty of red Burgundy wine.

There’s always plenty to do on the farm and it’s time for Kate to help Farmer Tim get the lambing shed ready. But will the sheep come in with her simple trick?

Kate visits local gin makers Silver Circle Distillery and creates a smoky gin, that also inspires a scandi-feast.

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Episode 1

On the farm it’s scanning time – to find out how many lambs each ewe is carrying. It’s a tense time for Kate and Farmer Tim and the results will lead plans for looking after the pregnant ewes. Farmer Tim has an ideal number of lambs in mind, but will he get his wish?

It’s not just the sheep getting ready to produce the next generation. Ted the Boar is back to spend some quality time with the farm’s breeding sows. Kate’s anxious as it’s the first time for Dahlia, and, after her tricky labour and small litter last year, how will Sausage get on?

With spring on its way, Kate’s off foraging with Liz Knight, proving that even at this time of year, there are delicious, nutritious goodies all around us. 

Kate joins old friend and producer Angharad Underwood to make marmalade the easy way, and shares a simple one-pan Chocolate and Marmalade cake. A perfect treat after a hard day of farming.

Lastly, Kate’s cooking up a treat for Ludo; Toad in the Hole. It’s a dish she’s never taken to, but that’s love for you. Can Kate convert herself to this hearty, warming classic?

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