Our Yorkshire Farm star Amanda Owen issues warning to children over ‘changing times’

Winter on the Farm: Amanda Owen enjoys wild swimming

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Amanda Owen explained how her children, who are aged between five and 20, should “see the wider world” before making the decision to work on Ravenseat Farm. The 47-year-old mother, who began her ascent into fame five years ago, became good friends with TV presenter Julia Bradbury after her regular passing by the 2,000-acre farm soon developed into a life-changing friendship. The shepherdess has since built an impressive resume after publishing five books and starring in TV appearances for Lives in the Wild, Festival on Farm and ITV’s Lorraine.  Earlier this week, the Our Yorkshire Farm star spoke to Mariella Frostrup on Times Radio and shared her concerns over her children and how they should approach their lives ahead.

Amanda said: “I think they should all head out and go and see the wider world.

“Then, quite a few of them I think will come back,” she added as Amanda likened her children to a “boomerang”.

The Yorkshire farmer proudly told listeners about her daughter Raven, who is heading off to University and Ruben, who has ambitions of starting his own contracting company. 

“For me, if I were going to give them any lesson in life, I would tell them not to put all of their eggs in one basket,” she advised.

Continuing her key advice to her children, she warned: “To have your finger in a lot of pies is a good thing because times are changing and people’s thoughts [are changing].”

Amanda shared the importance of farm work after she stated: “I would never say, ‘You shouldn’t farm’, because people will always need food on their plate,”

But added her children must also be “adaptable” to new situations. 

“The value we put on the countryside has been pretty much emphasised even more over these last couple of years due to the pandemic,” she stated.

The Yorkshire shepherdess was interviewed ahead of her TV appearance on Channel 5’s Winter on the Farm, which saw her discuss the joys of winter and wild swimming.

The star said: “You have to be able to turn your hand to anything,

“There is a living to be made by working in the countryside,

“I believe it would be in their best interest to get out there and experience another life too,” she remarked.

Amanda also opened up about going without power on Ravenseat Farm for four days when Storm Arwen hit the UK.

The mother of nine explained: “We’ve had storms and I’ve been wading through the snow which was up to my waist over the last few days.

“You do sometimes feel like it’s you against the world,” she revealed.

She said: “Four days without power isn’t ideal but it gives you a new sense of appreciation of the humble lightbulb.”

Storm Arwen left more than 150,000 homes in Britain without power and continues to be disruptive.

Some homes are now being hit by Storm Barra which has not been as severe as Storm Arwen but did make itself felt across the UK and Ireland.

The Met Office said that although Storm Barra will be less powerful than Storm Arwen, travel disruptions are likely. 

The full interview with Amanda can be heard on Times Radio’s website.


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