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.
Bath & HQ
Hill House Farm
Tel: 01225 743608
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.
Lower Wernddu Farm
Tel: 01981 240 012
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. Livestock includes a flock of Lleyn ewes and a smaller group of Suffolks, together with a small herd of Beef Shorthorns. As well as our chickens and ducks, there’ll soon be Pedigree Welsh pigs, goats and a house Jersey cow for our own dairy needs. Our kitchen garden – with amazing views over the valley – provides us with as much of the fruit and vegetables as we can grow.
We have a small hillside woodland, which visiting young people will help us to manage for our firewood and for greenwood projects too. We’re looking forward to getting to know more of the local community, and are very grateful for the warm welcome already received. Our first school visits at Jamie’s Farm Monmouth will take place in January 2018.
Tel: 01600 716526
On a small strip of land between Waterloo Station and St Thomas’ Hospital you can find our London site – Oasis Farm Waterloo. Over the last few years we’ve transformed a former wasteland into a thriving and productive half an acre, with the help of young people who have visited our countryside farms and others from the local community.
Working alongside the charity Oasis, the farm features a sow and piglets from our Bath farm, lambs, chickens and guinea pigs. Retired potato crates grow kilos of fruit and veg from aubergines to tayberries, and an aquaponics system uses tilapia fish to grow salad leaves and educate visitors. We have an enormous timber framed barn, available to hire for events, and a serene walled garden for more reflective discussions.
Oasis Farm Waterloo is currently open to the public on Saturdays: oasisfarmwaterloo.org
Oasis Farm: Waterloo
1 Royal Street & Carlisle Lane