I’ve been a bit strapped for time lately and am writing this post on my phone during my lunch break. So this post won’t have pictures and isn’t about what I’ve been up to or a explanation of some aspect of farming, it’s just simply an idea.
Reality tv shows like “Big Brother”, “The Block”, “Masterchef” and “The Amazing Race” are all over the TV and I really think there’s not a lot of reality in them. What I think would make better reality TV is a show is where they get a family or a couple of people from the city and get them to try and run a farm. I believe that not only would this make better tv then a mind numbing episode of “Big Brother” but it would also help to bridge the Rural-Urban divide as it would highlight some of the difficulties involved in running a farm as well as showing the public the processes involved in growing last nights dinner or the clothes they’re wearing. So how would this work.
I think it’d probably work best if you set it on a mixed cropping and livestock farm so it covers more than just sector of agriculture. The people should be from the city or a urban area with little farming experience, before starting they’ll need to go through a crash course in farming covering things like basic maintenance, machinery operation and livestock handling. They’d then get introduced to the farm and the machinery before been given a budget and told to make a profit, if they succeed it could be used as the prize money. But making a show like that wouldn’t be without its difficulties.
The main trick to pulling this off would be in the organisation of it, with the two main difficulties being time and money. You would need to over a period of at least a year so there’d be a years worth of footage to sort through as well as a years wages for the camera crew and people working on the show, machinery and lease of the land also needs to be paid for. But a project like this should be able to attract a bit of support and sponsorship from agricultural organisations and companies, helping to cover some of the costs involved and making it more viable.
This show would take a lot of effort to make, but I’d still be better than most other reality tv programs and would help to promote Ag.
Anyway that’s just my idea, maybe somebody in the tv industry will see this and think its alright. Feel free to leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments section, I should have a bit more spare time in a couple of days so you I’ll be able to catch you up on everything that’s been going on then.