Clarkson’s Farm aka Diddly Squat Farm was formerly part of the Sarsden estate in Oxfordshire. Jeremy Clarkson bought about a thousand acres (4 km2) in 2008 including Curdle Hill Farm. The fields were mostly arable, growing a rotation of barley, rapeseed and wheat. These were farmed on a contract basis by a local villager called Howard but he retired in 2019. Clarkson then decided to try farming the land himself.
The farm was renamed “Diddly Squat” by Clarkson to indicate its lack of productivity, as diddly squat is slang for “the least amount”, “anything”, or “nothing”. His work was documented in the TV documentary series Clarkson’s Farm (2021) where Jeremy Clarkson as he attempts to run a farm in the countryside. With no previous farming experience, Jeremy contends with the worst farming weather in decades, disobedient animals, unresponsive crops, and an unexpected pandemic.
After a few seasons, Jeremy Clarkson recruited Kaleb Cooper, who became a fan favorite on the series.
Kaleb Cooper is a British agricultural worker and television personality, who gained popularity through his role in the Amazon Prime series “Clarkson’s Farm.” The show, which documents the experiences of journalist and television presenter Jeremy Clarkson in running a farm, features Cooper as a key figure, known for his expertise in farming and his candid interactions with Clarkson. Cooper’s authentic portrayal of farm life and his dynamic with Clarkson have made him a popular figure among viewers.
In “Clarkson’s Farm,” Cooper’s role extends beyond that of a traditional farm worker. He is often seen guiding and sometimes humorously chastising Clarkson on various aspects of farming, from crop cultivation to livestock management. His deep knowledge of agriculture, gained from years of experience in the field, has been a highlight of the show. Cooper’s straightforward and knowledgeable approach has not only educated viewers about farming but also added a layer of authenticity and entertainment to the series.