Experience farming in traditional Falkland style
The Long Island Farm is situated approximately 32 kilometres from Stanley. The journey there takes approximately 1 hour by bus, during which time you will have the opportunity to pass through and learn about several key battlefields from the 1982 Conflict between Britain and Argentina.
Meet the Watsons
Arriving at the sheep farm, you will meet 6th generation Falkland Islanders, Neil and Glenda Watson, who continue to farm their 22 000 acre property in traditional Falkland style, using locally bred dogs and horses to gather their sheep from as far afield as Mount Longdon near Stanley. Peat is still the preferred fuel for cooking and heating, and they produce their own milk, bread, butter and cream the old fashioned way. The tour begins with a rare opportunity to see a peat cutting demonstration, where you also will learn more about the history of peat and its influence on Falkland’s life. Then you will see a demonstration of sheep work, using skilled sheepdogs, followed by a sheep shearing demonstration.
Finally you will see how they saddle horses for work using traditional Falklands gear. Once you have worked up an appetite you can enjoy a delicious spread of tea/coffees and home baked cookies in the farmhouse kitchen with Mrs Watson. There is also a two-mile long beach directly in front of the house teeming with shore birds. You are welcome to wander anywhere around the farm to admire the Watsons garden that is overflowing with produce and furnished with timber from the French shipwreck Uranie (wrecked off Long Island in approximately 1829).