Project summary


Peak Land Lives seeks to tell the sometimes harrowing and complex tale of farming and the individual stories of the hardy folks who feed the nation. This project is interviewing many individuals throughout the South West Peak to gather a full picture of the history of farming, examine current issues facing the industry, and also looks forward to the future of farming in the South West Peak.

This project is at once intensely personal and also far reaching in its scope. It is composed of interviews with farming families both young and old and has a goal of combining all of these stories into a comprehensive book on the subject. Videos and photographs will also be available to all through The Farming Life Centre and this website.

Peak Land Lives is led and coordinated by The Farming Life Centre and all proceeds from the resulting book sales will be reinvested back into on-farm projects that support these unsung residents of the South West Peak.

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What we're doing

  • Telling personal stories of farmers throughout the South West Peak
  • Examining the challenges faced by farmers and their families
  • Preserving the legacy of farmers in a full-colour book and an archive of oral histories
  • Discussing the importance of farming in the living landscape of the South West Peak
  • Interpreting farming and its meaning to those outside the farming community

Get involved!

  • If you are out walking remember to close and latch gates as you go through them.
  • When walking with your canine companion please keep them on a lead. This ensures they do not inadvertently startle or injure livestock. Remember these animals are a farmer’s livelihood.
  • Take the time to talk to farmers as you are out and about. You will likely learn something new about this dynamic landscape that they work in every day. You might even learn simple things you can do to make their hardworking lives a little easier.
  • Keep in mind that many areas you might not expect are working farms. Respect the land and property of others.

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Leave machinery and farm animals alone – don’t interfere with animals even if you think they’re in distress. Try to alert the farmer instead.

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When you take your dog into the outdoors, always ensure they do not disturb wildlife, farm animals, horses or other people by keeping your furry friend under control.

Who's working on this project?


Karen Shelley-Jones

Karen Shelley-Jones

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Sara Smithson

Sara Smithson

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Our partners


  • Farming Life Centre