Anthony “Tony” Harman (6 March 1912 – 8 May 1999) was an English farmer and writer who was best known for a 1986 book about his life and the history of his farm entitled Seventy Summers. It was a number one bestseller in the United Kingdom and was made into a 1986 BBC Two television series which he presented.
Harman was born on The Grove Farm near Chesham, Buckinghamshire and he attended Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge where he studied agriculture, he then managed the 800 acre farm after his father's death in 1931. He became a published author late in life with an article in The Guardian. In Seventy Summers he advocated modern farming methods and contrasted them with the methods in place when he took over the farm which had barely changed in 150 years.
He followed up with The Charolais adventure 1959-1989 (1990) about the introduction of the French Charolais cattle breed and A Thousand Years on a Chiltern Farm: The Story of Grove Farm, Chesham, Buckinghamshire (1999). He also wrote a Guardian column, was a Labour Party parliamentary candidate and served as a magistrate. He died aged 87 in 1999.
- http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/1999/jul/20/guardianobituaries2 The Guardian Obituary 20 July 1999. Retrieved 04 12 2011