‘We bought a farm in lockdown… but it wasn’t the idyll we’d hoped for’

The 36-year-old has spent her grownup life looking for out experiences that problem her psychological and bodily fortitude, be it changing into the first lady to swim the Thames or kayaking the total size of the Essequibo River in Guyana. Taking on a farm in God’s Own Country may seem worlds away from dwelling with nomads, but in some sense her new life is sort of related, ‘because it’s all about the land, meals and survival. And doing issues the proper approach.’ 

She could also be out of her depth, but has the confidence of somebody who’s used to being so. ‘We’ve received a good basis of data and we’re not idiots,’ she says. ‘We’ve received our heads screwed on.’

Had it not been for the pandemic, she and her associate, Jake Smith, 24, whom she met in South Africa in 2019 whereas filming a documentary about the unlawful rhino-horn commerce, would now be embarking on a five-year expedition, strolling from Cape Town to Russia. Instead they’re dwelling on a 12-acre farm, 1,000 ft up in the West Yorkshire hills, working 16-hour days as they battle wind and rain to ascertain their farm from scratch, whereas making ready for the start of their first little one. Taking on a farm regardless of having no earlier expertise, save experimenting on her father’s allotment, might sound mad, she says, but is ‘the sensible option compared to all the other stuff we were planning’.

According to property brokers Strutt & Parker, 45 per cent of UK farms bought in the previous year have been bought by ‘non-farmers’, and there has definitely been a surge in curiosity in all issues farming throughout the previous two years, particularly amongst youthful, non-traditional farming people (the common age of a farmer in Britain is 59). ‘It just exploded. Is it TV, social media, the pandemic or all those things? I’m undecided,’ says Knight. She follows fellow Instagrammers akin to the CrimsonShepherdess and TheSwissShepherdess, who’re difficult the stereotype and, in Knight’s phrases, have ‘the guts to go for it hell for leather’.

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