There’s nothing new in the world…

Well, no sooner have we launched our Farnham Garden Share scheme to help more people grow their own, than it turns out that most famous son of Farnham, William Cobbett, got there first. 200 years ago!!

“The original classic on self-sufficiency” was first published in 1821, with the sub-title: “Brewing of Beer, Making of Bread, Keeping of Cows, Pigs, Bees, Ewes, Goats, Poultry and Rabbits”

Monty Don, writing in the Observer, called it “a fabulously good read, informative and perfectly relevant”. (Though, to be fair he preferred Cobbett’s “The English Gardener“.

It is still available as a reprint, via Amazon (and all good booksellers I am sure), where one reviewer called it “truly inspiring on why people should smallhold and go self-sufficient” and another said, “If you’re interested in those [‘how to’] instructions but also in the reasons behind why you or others might want to do that kind of thing then I can’t recommend it enough”.

Thanks to Paula for pointing out this one.

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