Farming was the mainstay of Jersey's economy for hundreds of years. To begin with it was simply a matter of growing enough food to allow the population to survive, but gradually farmers became experts in crops which grew particularly well in the island's fertile soil, and were able to export quantities which made them and the island rich.
The most notable success has been the Jersey Royal new potato, which was the island's main crop in the 20th century and probably remains so today. But the island was once famous for its cider, the making of which has all but died out. The Jersey cow, which until recently was bred in isolation from cattle elsewhere in the world, has also been a valuable export.
17th century writer Jean Poingdestre's views of Jersey agriculture
19th century writer Alban Ragg's view
- Letter from James Playfair, a newcomer's view of farming and other aspects of Jersey life
- Structure of early farming
- Farming in the late 18th century
- Jersey's abundant agriculture, a 1982 article from the Annual Bulletin of La Société Jersiaise
- Agriculture in 1801 and 1949 compared, a 1951 article from the Annual Bulletin of La Société Jersiaise
- Jersey horse van
Two Jersey Heritage articles
- The Jersey cow
- From past to present – the Jersey Cow - a Jersey Heritage article
- Jersey cattle in America
Farming heritage survey
- Farming picture gallery, bringing together over 100 farming pictures from Jerripedia pages