Our second farm, opened in 2016, is found on the English – Welsh border in beautiful Herefordshire. Situated in the Golden Valley, within easy reach of the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons, Jamie’s Farmers here benefit from wonderful walks in the wilds of the countryside.
The enclosed farmyard has animals giving birth right next to the farmhouse where the children sleep. And though locals look at us as if we’re mad, we lambed our first sheep in deepest December – just to allow as many children as possible to benefit from this transformational experience. The Hereford team has built strong links with local farmers and organisations to offer visiting young people a rich and varied programme, whether on or off the farm. No fewer than two orchards, and our bountiful kitchen garden, provide fruit and vegetables throughout the year.
Ruth grew up in London and graduated in English at Birmingham University. In 1999 she started working at the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts and initiated the Festival’s programme for families and young people, which is still running today under the banner Hay Days.
Inspired by her observation of the profound relationships that could be formed when adults and young people shared stories, Ruth trained as a teacher in 2008 and worked as a secondary school English teacher for a number of years. In 2014, Ruth became the Vice-Principal at the Steiner Academy Hereford – a state-funded school striving to hold to an ethos which nurtures and celebrates the child whilst ensuring an education which meets the demands of the 21st century. It is Ruth’s belief that self-esteem is key to success, and interactions with and within nature encourage self-esteem, which has finally brought her to Jamie’s Farm.
Ruth started as Education Manager in Monmouth and helped set up of our third site before taking a sidestep and joining our Hereford team in early 2019 to be closer to home.
Since 1995 Emma taught in a number of inner city schools in the Midlands, working as a Subject Leader for Art & Design, an Advanced Skills Teacher and an Assistant Head Teacher. Joining Jamie’s Farm in 2015, Emma’s role now focuses on visit delivery and logistics. This aims to ensure that young people, partner schools and organisations experience positive and sustainable benefits as a result of visiting the Herefordshire farm.
Chris left university with a degree and a passion for an outdoors life. Whilst spending his winters working in ski resorts in France and summers working on music festivals in the UK he first got involved with Jamie’s Farm helping to run the annual Cock & Bull festival fundraiser. He went on to volunteer and then work as a session employee on the Bath site before coming to join Jamie’s Farm Hereford full time in September of 2018. He will be sharing his practical skills doing farm maintenance jobs and his love of cooking in the kitchen with the young people visiting the Hereford site.
The son of our long-time partner farmer Steve Carnie, Mark has grown up with Jamie’s Farm in his blood, and in his home. Having gained his farming apprenticeship and considerable experience on the nearby Neston estate, he is perfectly qualified to manage the farm in Herefordshire. In particular, he is excited about the chance to have a more successful lambing season than his old man!
Jess realised her passion for helping others while volunteering with vulnerable adults as a teenager. Having graduated from the University of Bristol with a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology, she was able to pursue a caring career. Jess spent many years in schools, colleges and childrens’ homes educating, supporting and caring for vulnerable children. Jess has joined the team in Hereford as Therapy Coordinator, where she leads many group meetings and spends time with all the young people who visit the Farm, having personalised therapeutic conversations in order to help them piece together pathways for their future success on return to school. Jess tailors her sessions to the needs of the child and particularly enjoys walking the dogs, being in the garden and being creative.
Jess is on maternity leave in 2020 looking after her baby girl.
Having previously been a residential volunteer and ad hoc Sessional Worker at Jamie’s Farm, Hereford, Laura is now covering Jess’ maternity leave as Therapy Coordinator. She loves putting her passions and values into practice here on the farm in the beautiful Herefordshire wilds, and can usually be found having a walk and a chat with a visiting young person, holding a group meeting, or generally getting herself (and other people) caked in mud.
Laura graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a degree in Social Anthropology. She has worked with young people on camps and courses from south Devon to the Scottish Highlands. She has also spent several months volunteering for a humanitarian NGO working with displaced people in northern France.
Emily makes sure that the Farm is ready for the arrival of young people by coordinating with the team, making sure we have everything for the visits. As well as supporting Mark out on the farm when things are busy, she also supports Mati in the kitchen making delicious dinners for the young people who have had a busy day on the farm.
Having grown up in rural southern Africa, Pia has a passion for the outdoors and wildlife, and now looks after the horses and ponies on the farm. A further education in Landscape Architecture and practical experience with alternative building techniques means she sometimes helps out with the practical jobs on the farm as well as some of the woodworking. Pia is often found in the kitchen, where she loves to cook up new recipes.
Roger has worked on the Hereford Farm for 3 years, including 6 months of dedicated volunteering. Born and raised on a Farm in Warwickshire, Roger studies Psychology and Social Work at University. After many years of travelling, labouring and exploring the world, Roger now lives near the Farm with his wife and 2 children and has a smallholding of his own. He works on all aspects of the Farm but is our green woodwork specialist and excellent at helping young people get an axe through even the largest of logs.
Matias Serra Delmar
Mati has been working at Jamie’s Farm since 2016. Having grown up in Madrid and Buenos Aires, he brings a slight twist to the food at our Hereford Farm.
Mati is a practicing artist and a father of two. He started cooking as a teenager learning from his granny and mum, before going on to work in several restaurants and cafés were he learnt the trade. He finds cooking a great way of communicating by being creative whilst also producing something that can be shared with everyone.
Before relocating to Herefordshire, Holly was the head of a nursery and junior school in Surrey which cared for and educated children aged from 6 weeks to 11 years. Since moving to a smallholding overlooking the Black Mountains, she has enjoyed learning more about animal husbandry and self-sufficiency. She has also spent a disproportionate amount of time gazing in awe at the landscape which surrounds her! Holly helps in the polytunnel and in the garden at Jamie’s Farm and gets a great deal of pleasure from spending time with young people in the outdoors.
Having spent her career in the pharmaceutical industry in offices or meeting rooms, Emma now likes to make sure that she spends as much time as possible outside. That might be tending her veggie garden, running over the hills, swimming in the river or at Jamie’s Farm. Emma has two daughters who have now left home, but it opened her eyes as to just how difficult life can be for teenagers, and especially life in school. She is now thrilled to be able to visit Jamie’s Farm every week and meet some of the wonderful young people who visit.
Recently retired from a career as a professional in land and woodland management, and with a keen amateur interest in gardening, Tom can now be found volunteering at Jamie’s Farm Hereford. Working with the farm’s motivational staff and the many young visitors he is enjoying helping with all hands-on activities and sharing a knowledge of the countryside and some gardening skills, while admiring the variety of home-grown produce at Lower Wernddu.
Jacky is a great believer in the benefit of working with arts and crafts and animals to improve health and well-being. After learning about Jamie’s Farm ethos and work, Jacky was keen to get involved. Jacky is a glass artist and lives just around the corner from the Hereford Farm. She offers the young people who visit the farm a chance to have a go at glass fusing in her workshop where they can make glass tiles for both themselves and the farm.
Diana first heard about Jamie’s Farm at a talk at Longtown WI, her local group. Interested to learn more, she visited the Hereford Farm for a tour and tea. For the last two years Diana has volunteered at the Hereford Farm, taking notes at the weekly celebration meetings and helping create the certificates that are given out to the children at the end of their visit. Diana has also encouraged her fellow WI members to get involved at the farm, helping to weed and look after the flower borders.
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