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Back to the Land with Kate Humble
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Series 2 - Episode 5
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I don’t consume much caviar as a rule, so I didn’t realise, before watching Kate Humble’s latest small-business round-up, that when it is produced, the sturgeon die. The traditional method, apparently, is to club the fish on the head then cut them open.
But not at the Yorkshire producers that Humble visits tonight: father-and-son team John and Mark have found a way to farm sturgeon and “strip” their eggs sustainably, so the fish live to lay another day.
It’s fascinating to watch Mark massaging the pricey roe out of the fish in a kind of operating theatre, although the marketing side of the operation looks a bit less clinical.
The broadcaster chats to a father and son team who own the first caviar farm in the UK that harvests sturgeon eggs ethically and humanely, and who are embarking on their own breeding programme that could make or break the business. Kate also meets a family who have diversified into growing hemp on an industrial scale and even built their farm house with it, before visiting a woman who crafts Whitby jet in its raw form, then polishes, shapes and works it into silver and gold jewellery which she smiths herself.
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Full Episode Guide
Meet the rural entrepreneurs starring in BBC2's Back to the Land with Kate Humble
Kate Humble returns with more feel-good tales of rural entrepreneurs, from caviar connoisseurs to seaweed foragers
Meet the men and women who gave up their day jobs for the good life
Kate Humble reveals her crazy passion for training sheepdogs
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Kate Humble on farm life, nature and naturism
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Q&A: Kate Humble, Rachel de Thame and Julia Bradbury
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