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.
Jonty has been working with young people and families for the last fifteen years. Most recently he has used his postgraduate qualification in Systemic Practice to set up and run an innovative programme where families were given the opportunity to undertake activities together and through doing so see each other differently and make changes to patterns that were unhelpful for them. He is revelling in the opportunity of getting involved with all the young people that are coming through the farm.
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 things horsey with the young people who visit. She coordinates visits and works closely with young people and schools, and is also responsible for evaluating the impact of the programme.
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 has swapped the classroom for the farm. Julie has experience running a specialist programme for vulnerable young people who found mainstream education difficult so understands the challenges the young people visiting the farm might face. She will be having personalised therapeutic conversations with the young people to help them piece together pathways for their future success on return to school. Julie enjoys baking and walks in the country so is looking forward to baking some delicious treats with the young people to enjoy before they set off.
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.
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.