Training

 

Training varied hugely among Land Girls: some had 4 to 6 weeks or training, some had none at all! If girls were trained, this could take place at an agricultural college or by working at a training farm before having a permanent posting.

Training was given on the day-to-day routines of planting potatoes, milking on the famous ‘rubber udders’ and learning how to deal with the animals, especially the horses. For some, this proved wrong the idealistic image presented in the war-time propaganda. The tiring hard work made some sick every day, but was nevertheless breaking these women into the tough lifestyle of working in the Land Army.

As Enid Roffey blatantly comments in Mant (1994, p. 78), training was ‘four weeks to learn the whole of the farming industry.’ Hall recounts that she couldn’t even miss a days training to go to a wedding of a close relative – showing the importance which training played in laying the foundations of a Land’s Girls farming life. However, even after the training, many girls still had to return home because there were insufficient requests were farmer. There was still a reluctance in the early stages of the war for men to work alongside women.