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.
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.
After six years working in public health research and as an independent visitor for looked after children, Chloe decided she wanted to make a difference to the lives of more vulnerable young people by joining the Teach First Leadership Development Programme; becoming a class teacher at a large academy in Bristol. After leaving the classroom in 2017, Chloe joined Jamie’s Farm and is now responsible for measuring the impact of Jamie’s Farm on the young people who visit. Her role is split 50:50 between the office and directly working alongside the children in the programme.
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.
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.
Charlotte is our stupendous chef who ensures that all children get involved with the cooking and are well catered for. Charlotte ensures our food is fresh and locally sourced. Her hobbies include dog training.
Annie is our house keeper. She keeps the house clean and cosy for all our visitors. She can often be seen helping out with the animals too!
Rachel is our part-time housekeeper, helping to keep our house and barn ship-shape and ready for our visiting young people. She is also the proud owner of one of Piglet’s gorgeous puppies!
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.