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Kate Humble is a writer and presenter. Her most recent television credits include, Living with Nomads (BBC2 2015), Wild Things (SKY1 2015), Kew on a Plate (BBC2 2015), Into the Volcano (BBC2 2015), Wildfires 2014: Inside the Inferno (BBC 2014),  The Wonder of Dogs (BBC2 2013), Airport Live (BBC2 2013), Wild Shepherdess, (BBC2 2013), The Secret Life of the Sun (BBC2 2013), Volcano Live (BBC2 2012) Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey (BBC2 2012), The Spice Trail (BBC2, 2011) Lambing Live (BBC2 2010 and 2011, 2014) Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC2, 2009) The Frankincense Trail (BBC2, 2009) and the long running popular wildlife series Springwatch and Autumnwatch.

December 2012 saw the launch of Humble by Nature. Based on a working farm in Monmouthshire, Kate and her husband Ludo run courses in food, rural skills and animal husbandry. Her book about the farm, ‘Humble by Nature: Life, lambs and a dog called Badger’, was published in the spring of 2013. She is currently working on her new book.

She has travelled extensively, including in 2009 to a remote region of Afghanistan. She has written for a number of publications including The Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, Travel Africa and Wanderlust and had a regular column in the Saturday Telegraph about her farm. In 2011 she co-authored ‘Watching Waterbirds’ with Martin McGill to raise funds for The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, of which she is vice-president.

She is a qualified commercial diver and is the second woman ever to be appointed President of the RSPB. She lives in Wales with her husband Ludo, her dogs Badger, Bella and Teg, a hive of bees and various other hoofed, furred and feathered livestock

Kate's Farm

Humble by Nature’s home is a working farm just outside Monmouth in the Wye Valley in South Wales. For at least four generations it was owned by the local council and tenanted to young farming families who had no farm of their own. In 2010, when the last tenant retired and handed in his notice, the council decided to sell the farm, broken up into lots.

Kate Humble and husband Ludo Graham were looking for more land for their smallholding animals when they heard about the farm being sold. They felt it was too important an asset to the area, to farming and to the community to allow it to be sold in that way. They persuaded the council to allow them to take it on, keep it tenanted and run a business that in turn would support other rural businesses. The farm is now home to Tim and Sarah Stephens, who breed Welsh Mountain sheep and Hereford cattle.

When Kate and Ludo bought the farm their aim was to bring it back to life and create a business that would showcase rural skills, cookery and learning. But first they needed to get building. While it was unoccupied the farm had fallen into disrepair and there was plenty of work to be done. The first jobs were to make somewhere to house the smallholding animals (The Byre), a barn that was suitable for teaching in and to provide a house for Tim and Sarah. Tim started the never-ending task of stock-proofing the fields. With the new farmhouse came The Piggery. Next came the office and The Humble Hideaway. In Autumn 2013 they opened the Cookery School in the Long Barn followed by The Hayloft in early 2014. July 2014 was a busy month on the farm, with the launch of the Aquaponics Solar Greenhouse, closely followed by the Farm Shop and Cafe.

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