Jimmy's Farm

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Jimmy's Farm
Starring Jimmy Doherty
Michaela Furney
Country of origin United Kingdom
Running time 60 minutes
Original network BBC 2
Original release 2004 – 2006

Jimmy's Farm is a working rare-breed pig farm and tourist destination in Wherstead, Suffolk. Owner, Jimmy Doherty set up the Essex Pig Company and was followed by Fresh One Productions, a documentary crew, who made the series Jimmy's Farm which was first aired on the BBC in 2004. It featured the story of Jimmy Doherty setting up the Essex Pig Company, a rare breeds piggery on the outskirts of Ipswich in Suffolk. The drama revolved around Jimmy's previous lack of hands-on experience of farming, the financial struggles involved in starting a small business, and Jimmy's relationships with employees, friends and his girlfriend, Michaela Furney. Doherty was a childhood friend of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who gave him a loan to help get the farm started, and appeared in one episode of the series. The series was followed up with a one-off special, Back on Jimmy's Farm, and a second series, Return to Jimmy's Farm.

A new series called Crisis on Jimmy's Farm aired on BBC in 2007, featuring developments on the farm including the opening of Guinea Pig village, the making of Ferret Folly as well as the struggles of ensuring the extension of the lease and problems with Christmas hamper orders.

Jimmy's Farm is open all year round to the public and has a Farm Shop, butchery, restaurant, field kitchen, education hub and wildlife park. The Farm was granted its Zoo Licence in 2016 which now enables exotic species to be kept. These species include exotic butterflies in the butterfly house (open April to October), meerkats, wallabies, coati, raccoons, emu and reindeer.

The farm also plays host to Jimmy's Festival each summer and has seen artists such as Athlete, Reef, Newton Faulkner, Matt Cardle & Scouting for Girls headline the main stage.

The first series of Jimmy's Farm was released on DVD in the UK by Revelation Films in March 2010.


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Coordinates: 52°01′11″N 1°07′29″E / 52.01964°N 1.12476°E / 52.01964; 1.12476