The first article is a survey of local farms which, however, provides a benchmark for farming practices back in 1987. The second article describes an innovative small sheep farm run by a couple in their retirement, so offers a break from tradition.

Butser Ancient Farm is a unique experimental archaeological site nestled into the rolling countryside of the South Downs National Park. It features archaeological reconstructions of ancient buildings from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman Britain and the Anglo-Saxon period.  In addition the farm grows crops from prehistory and keeps rare breeds of animals, such as goats and sheep.

Editorial: The intention is to invite all local farmers – a diminishing number, in fact – to describe their respective farms, acreages, farming practices and extent of sub-contacting, and whether they can describe the changes in agriculture during their ‘custodianship’.

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