Hill House represents the first permanent home of Jamie’s Farm, and the hub of our operations. Close to the home of founders Jamie and Tish Feilden, where pilot groups were initially run, we are lucky enough to enjoy fantastic relations with local farmers, organisations and other individuals.
On site, we have built up a wonderful range of livestock. All of them are nurtured by visiting young Jamie’s Farmers, including our prize-winning Aberdeen Angus cows, our gorgeous Suffolk ewes lambing in January and March and Ellie, our friendly donkey. Visiting youngsters can be caught chopping wood to feed our biomass boiler, from which all our energy comes, or picking delicious organic vegetables in our garden. In summer we make the most of our timber-framed outdoor kitchen, and children get the chance to swim in the Bye Brook river to cool off after a country walk.
When we do not have groups visiting, our farmhouses are available to rent! By choosing to stay here for your family holiday, break away or corporate function, not only would you be able to enjoy the calm environment that has such a positive impact on our visiting children, but you will also have the satisfaction of knowing that your money will be going towards a wonderful cause.
After completing a degree in Drama at Winchester University, Jess started work at Harlington school in West London. She initially split her time teaching Drama and working with children in the school’s Pupil Study Centre. Jess soon realised her passion for working with vulnerable children and focused predominantly in the centre. After four years she began her new role managing the Pupil Study Centre where she has now spent the last eight years developing. During her time at Harlington Jess visited Jamie’s Farm on a number of occasions. Inspired by the work she saw being done at the farm and the experiences that children were having, Jess secured funding for the school. A ‘Market Garden’ was designed and created for students to access learning in a therapeutic setting outside of the classroom.
Alongside Jess’s experience, her enthusiasm and love for the outdoors, she is now embarking on her new venture with Jamie’s Farm. She is committed to ensuring that the personal journeys that the children make at the farm are fulfilling, as well as give them the confidence and drive to flourish.
Rachel graduated from UCL with a degree in Anthropology before going on to join the Teach First programme, teaching Citizenship and the Humanities in Croydon and Stratford, and spending a year working as a project officer for the SSAT. Despite living in London prior to moving to the farm, Rachel grew up in Wiltshire and loves to share her passion for all animals, particularly horses, with the young people who visit. She coordinates visits and works closely with young people and schools before and after they come to the Farm.
Rob manages the kitchen and the organic fruit and veg garden at Jamie’s Farm, Bath. As well as working with the young people who visit, he also runs food events and cookery courses. Rob joined the farm in 2012, before which he did a number of “sensible” office jobs in field of sustainable development. At the age of 29, having had enough of London life, he set off on his bicycle around the world stopping off to work at a number of organic farms. On his return, Rob decided to pursue his love for food and worked as a chef in two award winning restaurants in Bristol. He also completed a Permaculture Design Course and an Organic Gardening course with Bristol City College before joining the Jamie’s Farm team.
After 10 years working in further education Julie is looking forward to swapping the classroom for the farm. She was running a specialist programme for vulnerable young people who found mainstream education difficult, so she understands the challenges the young people visiting the farm face. As therapy coordinator, Julie leads group meetings and has personalised therapeutic conversations with all young people who visit the farm, in order to help them piece together pathways for their future success on returning to school. Julie enjoys baking, walking the dogs and caring for our rabbits.
Doug ensures all the animals are happy on our growing farm. Currently we have 100 cattle, 250 sheep ,100 pigs and 80 chickens, all of which Doug tends to alongside children daily.
Jamie grew up with a passion for farming. He studied Agriculture at Lackham College, whilst also building his own farm of rare breed poultry and pigs. In 2014 Jamie joined the Bath team working initially with his dad, Doug. On the Farm he now works as deputy farm manager alongside young people every day feeding and caring for the animals, and taking them to Steve’s farm.
After finishing a BA at university, Lester was employed in a commercial role in the Scientific Gas Industry. During his spare time, he volunteered on child mentoring schemes for inner-city children at risk of exclusion from school. After this, he decided to change career and study for a PGCE in Education working for eight years in inner-city schools in London and Bristol. Having grown up in the countryside and having a passion for horticulture and wood work he joined the Bath Team as visit coordinator in 2018. Lester works closely alongside the children imparting his love of growing fresh, delicious healthy vegetables and leading sessions in the wood shed.
It was a move to Devon from London aged 12, where Laura spent many years handling lots of so called ‘difficult’ horses, that ignited her love of horses. Knowing there was another way to communicate with these misunderstood animals, drove Laura to study and work to become an ambassador for the better understanding between human and horse.
Laura now works as an Equine Therapeutic Facilitator at Jamie’s Farm Bath, as well as at her own smallholding just around the corner from the farm. Laura has trained with many equine professionals, including Monty Roberts, Kelly Marks and Rupert Isaacson; covering different aspects of horse handling, psychology, and equine therapy. She loves witnessing the amazing connections the visiting children at the farm have with the horses, and to see their confidence and self-esteem grow as a result. Within these interactions, there have been some truly magical moments over the years!
Steve is a long standing family friend and an experienced large scale sheep farmer. Steve and his family open their home to the children we work with, providing positive role modelling and teaching students about the seasonal demands of being a farmer.
Richard retired from business some ten years ago and joined the Jamie’s farm team at the same time. Richard says, “Jamie’s Farm is a super organisation and I am proud to be part of the team”. Richards hobbies are walking, golf, bridge and travelling. You’ll find him in ‘Richard’s Shed’ on our Bath Farm where he volunteers weekly, helping young people create fantastic handmade wood crafts.
Jamie’s Farm Bath is different to our other farms as it is also home to our HQ team. In the attic of the Welcome Barn, you will find our cosy office where the team work hard to run the operational aspects of the charity. This includes fundraising, finance, maintenance, HR and impact to support all our farms.