Our journey


The initial spark for the charity came when Jamie Feilden was teaching in the first cohort of Teach First participants in a Croydon comprehensive.

Shocked by the battleground the school had become stemming from poor behaviour and a lack of engagement, he initially brought lambs from his own farm in Wiltshire and set up animal pens in the school playground, charging his pupils with the job of looking after them; he observed that it was frequently the children who struggled most to focus and maintain positive relationships in school who benefited most from the responsibility and nurture needed to tend to these animals. At this point, he came up with the idea of taking pupils back to his home farm in Wiltshire.

Using his own farming experience and the 30 years’ worth of experience that Tish, Jamie’s mother, had built up as a psychotherapist, they developed an approach based on Farming, Family and Therapy and piloted weeklong visits through the family home. From day one Jamie was determined that the farm would not be a ‘petting zoo’ but that there would be real jobs with a real purpose. When combined with the therapeutic methodology that Tish devised and the essence of a loving, family framework of support, a powerful intervention was born. From the very first week, they witnessed the profound impact that this combination could have on disengaged teenagers. Thirty-five pilot weeks were run through the family home, before the need for a purposely-converted farm became apparent.


June — First visit from Haling Manor School, Croydon – where Jamie was teaching – to Tish’s and Jamie’s home at Sheep House Farm just outside of Bath


July — ‘Life Outside Hackney’ traced the story of children visiting from Cardinal Pole Catholic School, Hackney. Jamie is still working for Teach First and organises visits in his spare time.


In these early years, Jamie’s Farm worked with 11 London schools on a part-time basis.

Pigs: 9, Sheep: 25, Cows: 15


March — First visits from Manchester and Liverpool schools

December — The team sets out to make Jamie’s Farm a national charity, while based out of a horsebox office!


January — First trustees’ meeting

May — Charity Launch and registration with the Charity Commission!

June — Jamie receives ‘Teach First Ambassador of the Year’ award

December — Number of Jamie’s Farm visitors: 340.

Pigs: 80, Sheep: 102, Cows: 55


February — Purchase of a permanent home for the charity at Hill House Farm in Box, Wiltshire.

March — Funding commitment from the Department of Health to renovate the disused barn for the promotion of emotional and well-being of children.

May — Learning Outside the Classroom accreditation

September — Jamie’s Farm nominated ‘Best New Charity’ in Charity Times


June — Barn redevelopment allows us to impact more children per week in an award-winning environment.

July — Inaugural Jamie’s Farm Cock and Bull Festival raises £21,000

December — Jamie’s Farm has worked with over 800 children.

Pigs: 150, Sheep: 134, Cows: 100


February — HRH Duchess of Cornwall visits the Farm and begins an ongoing relationship with the charity

May — Long term funding gained from Esmée Fairbairn ensuring long-term viability of charity;

December — Jamie’s Farm has worked with over 1300 children

Sheep: 210


July — Third annual Cock and Bull Festival raises over £30,000

October — Beginning of the consultation exercise with Accenture to set up the business case and project plan for expansion

December — Jamie’s Farm has worked with over 1800 children

Pigs: 220, Sheep: 347, Cows: 120


February — Jamie’s Farm stars in BBC documentary Tough Young Teachers
July HRH Duchess of Cornwall agrees to be patron

August — Contracts exchanged on a beautiful second Farm in Herefordshire

October — In partnership with Oasis, Jamie’s Farm to set up an urban community Farm in the heart of London

December — Jamie’s Farm has worked with over 2200 children

Sheep: 584


February — Jamie’s Farm welcomes our first group to the Herefordshire location. Congratulations, Winston Churchill School – you are our pioneers!


July — The 6th Cock & Bull Music Festival is held, raising a record £55,000 for Jamie’s Farm

November — with two farms reaching capacity a third Jamie’s Farm is purchased in Redbrook, near Monmouth

December — 3,600 children have now visited Jamie’s Farm


May — HRH Duchess of Cornwall visits Jamie’s Farm Hereford, meeting students from St Paul’s Way Trust, our staff and local supporters

July — plans for the fourth Jamie’s Farm are confirmed, and a lease arrangement is agreed to bring the Jamie’s Farm model to East Sussex by spring 2019

December — 4,500 children have now visited Jamie’s Farm


January — After a year of redevelopment, Jamie’s Farm Monmouth opens and hosts its first group of young people

March — 5,000 children have now visited Jamie’s Farm


March — Jamie’s Farm Lewes officially welcomes its first group of young people

May — Jamie’s Farm turns 10! HRH Duchess of Cornwall visits Jamie’s Farm Lewes to celebrate our first decade

August  — 7,000 children have now visited Jamie’s Farm


April — During a short pause to our programme due to the arrival of COVID-19, we launch our virtual support programme helping to bring ‘lessons from the farm’ to the living rooms and bedrooms of young people during lockdown

July — Our Day Visit Programme is launched, enabling visiting groups of vulnerable young people to visit our farms over a course of five days whilst returning home each evening

August — 8,500 children have now visited Jamie’s Farm


February — Jamie’s Farm Digging Deep three-part online series is launched, exploring how the pandemic is changing the future of young people

May — Jamie’s Farm residential programme restarts as the restrictions ease following the pandemic