Jimmy’s Farm

FOOD TELEVISION – Sundays from 8 February, 6pm   

One year on from grass roots level, Food TV returns to the home of the rare breed Essex Pig to discover there are plenty of challenges still in store for Jimmy’s Farm. The teething problems have been ironed out and business is flourishing. But as success multiplies, so do the problems. Luckily, not much dampens the indomitable spirit of our ambitious pig farmer. Be it unruly animals, dodgy fencing, 800,000 agitated bees or a rebellious prized boar preying on the chickens, Jimmy remains optimistic. But will it all come to an end when he accidentally poisons a key member of staff?! Tune in as Jimmy tackles all this and the drama of leading up to Christmas, in this brand new series of Jimmy’s Farm.

Sunday January 4 at 6:00pm

Welcome to Jimmy’s Farm, home to the rare breed Essex Pig and ambitious entrepreneur Jimmy Doherty. Jimmy endeavours to bring back from near-extinction the legendary Essex pig, but in order to do this he must first resurrect a derelict pig farm. Setting up this enterprise from grass roots level is no small feat for the amateur pig farmer, but with a little help from good friend Jamie Oliver, there may be hope yet! Tune in for a behind the scenes look at the founding of the Essex Pig Company with Jimmy’s Farm.


Jimmy’s Farm Saturday 24 November, 7.30pm

Jimmy Docherty has given up academia to become a pig farmer. The new British series, Jimmy’s Farm follows the Essex boy as he attempts to resurrect a derelict pig farm in Suffolk, despite having no farming experience (tonight at 7.30pm on TV ONE).

With a little business advice and financial help from his mate Jamie Oliver, Docherty sets out to renovate a crumbling farm and realise his dream to establish a pig farm producing the highest quality pork, sausages and bacon from his herd of rare breed British pigs.
Working with the Rare Breed Survival Trust, he wants to bring back from near-extinction the Essex pig that was legendary in the 1930s – now only about 100 of these pigs are left in the country. The head of the Belfast Zoo is going to help select the Essex Pigs needed for this new venture, and using traditional methods of breeding, the pigs will be left to roam free in the 30 acres of woodland, foraging for the abundant natural foods available.

People living in the city can buy into his dream, but his task is full of conflict and jeopardy. Docherty only has a limited budget, yet believes he will make £25,000 a year profit. The Small Farmers’ Association disagrees and says at best he won’t make a profit for two years. There is nobody else is the country selling Essex pig meat, so as well as creating the supply, Docherty has to encourage a demand and find an outlet for his traditional foods.

Watch episode one of Jimmy’s Farm tonight to see his struggles with day-to-day life on the farm – from fencing to bureaucracy and a fast dwindling budget. Docherty’s goal of having an on-site farm shop to sell his top quality produce sometimes seems to be out of reach, but endless enthusiasm, a huge amount of back-breaking work, and the help of some really good friends, sees his dream slowly become a reality.