Nestled above the stunning Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean is our third rural site, Duffields Farm. Our first location in Wales, Offa’s Dyke Path runs down the middle of our land and the English border hugs a stream along the farm’s boundary.
The farm is run on a small scale and in a sustainable way that enhances the ecology of the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean next door and we are surrounded by amazing wildlife and nature. Livestock includes a flock of Lleyn ewes, together with a herd of Lowline cattle. As well as our chickens, turkeys and ducks, there are Pedigree Welsh and Gloucester Old Spot pigs and a house Jersey cow for our own dairy needs. We have working dogs to help us around the farm. We have two hardy ponies, too, who work therapeutically with young people. Our kitchen garden – with amazing views over the valley – provides us with a large proportion of the fruit and vegetables we eat.
We have a small hillside woodland, which visiting young people help us to manage for our firewood and for green wood projects too. We’re enjoying getting to know the local community and are very grateful for the warm welcome we’ve received. In 2020 we have our busiest ever year of school visits on the farm.
Rent the scenic farmhouse at Jamie’s Farm Monmouth
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.
Jo was brought up on a working family farm near Brecon and considers herself very lucky to have spent a fun filled childhood in a beautiful setting. Graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Music, she then completed a PGCE and qualified as a teacher.
Jo taught for over twenty years, working in a variety of Welsh primary schools. For the latter part of her teaching career, she worked in an inner-city school in Cardiff. Her main responsibilities included leading Additional Learning Needs and Family/Community Engagement across the school.
Jo believes that every child deserves to be given the opportunity to reach their full potential in a safe and caring environment, where learning experiences are engaging and fulfilling. Jo is committed to work with the Jamie’s Farm team to enable individuals to thrive through our Farming, Family, Therapy and Legacy intervention.
Dan is a born and bred country man who has spent all his childhood living in rural Wales and England on farms managed by his father. For 12 years before joining Jamie’s Farm he ran his own business in the Cotswolds specialising in farm maintenance, conservation management and farming cover. Along the way his picked up lots of skills, made great friends and cemented his passion for all things farming and countryside.
In more recent years Dan has been looking for a way to share his knowledge and help others to enjoy the beauty of the countryside and the experiences which he has been lucky enough to have had growing up on a farm. Jamie’s Farm Monmouth is the perfect place to share his passion for sustainable and regenerative agriculture with visitors and is proud to be producing quality products and improving the environment. He lives at the farm with his young family and enjoys being part of the local community.
Beth graduated from Cardiff University in 2009 with a degree in Occupational Therapy. She has worked as a therapist with children and adults in a range of specialisms, including mental health conditions, learning and physical disabilities. She is passionate about supporting people to overcome barriers to meaningful activity, helping them to lead full and happy lives. Beth has worked at Jamie’s Farm Monmouth since it opened in 2017 and has seen first-hand how time on the farm provides children and young people with a powerful sense of purpose; building self-esteem and a sense of identity.
Beth grew up in Monmouthshire and now has a smallholding of her own. Here on the farm, Beth turns her hand to lots of different things; from baking bread for breakfast to taking care of our horses. More often than not though, she can be found with another very important member of the Monmouth team, her lovely dog, Buddy!
Across the last decade Dave has worked as an English teacher in both inner-city London and rural Somerset, including teaching in an alternative provision and delivering the Duke of Edinburgh scheme to hundreds of participants. This has given him a real insight into the difficulties young people can face and provided him with effective strategies and a real passion for helping them to help themselves.
Living in the Brecon Beacons, he is a keen mountain biker, fell runner and hill walker – and he loves taking his own young children into the hills with him when possible! As well as exploring beautiful Wales, he has also travelled widely, including trekking in the Himalayas and cycling across parts of Europe.
Although born and bred in London, Elly has always had a great love of the outdoors and of animals. With a childhood home complete with multi-storey guinea-pig hutches, numerous cats, a dog, rabbits and a tame pigeon, it was inevitable that Elly would, one day, end up in the countryside.
After completing her degree in English Literature and having a family, Elly worked in schools for a number of years. Following her family relocation to the Welsh/English borders, she started volunteering at Jamie’s Farm where the combination of young people enjoying the outdoors and experiencing the joy of working with animals, provided the perfect place in Elly’s eyes!
Elly joins us at Jamie’s Farm Monmouth to work with the visiting young people in the gardening sessions, but can also be found finding any excuse to help with the animals whether that be bottle feeding lambs, moving cows or mucking out the hen house!
Bronny grew up in the Wye Valley and lives on a small farm. After school Bronny studied Zoology at Liverpool, then lived in France for a few years. Keen to do her bit for the planet Bronny returned to university to study Conservation Science and then worked in Africa.
Bronny has now returned to her roots and delivers horse sessions at the farm. She loves to introduce young people to the handsome Sam and gentle Timmy, witnessing the young people’s confidence with the horses grow, and to see how quickly they are able to work in partnership with each other. Bronny feels so lucky to live in such a beautiful place and has a passion for sharing the countryside with those who come to visit.
Michelle was born in London and then lived in Bedfordshire where she brought up her children. She worked in schools as a Family Worker, where she supported families and their children by engaging parents/carers in their children’s learning. She then embarked on starting her own business as a Parenting Practitioner and commissioned work. Michelle built a good professional relationship with a number of schools and organisations, across the borough and further afield. Michelle gained her Teaching Foundation Certificate and a Master’s in Public Policy with Children and Adolescents.
Michelle had the opportunity to visit Jamie’s Farm when supporting some young people for a week residential; the ethos and approach of the farm and its staff was a moment that changed her life so she joined as Therapy Coordinator at Monmouth two years later.
Luke has always loved food, both cooking it and eating it. While living in London he had various roles related to food, from setting up a veg box scheme, working in cheese shops and brewing beer. He eventually became a chef after moving to Bristol.
After many years working in professional kitchens he completed a Masters in Sustainable Food and Natural resources and completed a community-based horticulture placement with the Avon Wildlife Trust. It was here that he began to gain experience working with young people in cooking and horticulture settings. Luke is thrilled to be part of the Jamie’s Farm team in Monmouth and loves sharing his joy of cooking and eating with the young visitors to the farm.
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