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Jake Freestone

Jake Freestone

Farm Manager, Overbury Farms

Jake manages the 1600 Ha in-hand farming operations for Penelope Bossom trading as Overbury Enterprises on the Gloucestershire/Worcestershire border. The farm gained LEAF Demonstration Farm (Linking Environment and Farming) status in 2012. The arable farm has been in in a Regenerative Agriculture system since 2015 and is integrated with a flock of 1000 outdoor lambing ewes. The farm hosts a very diverse Higher Tier Stewardship scheme which started in January 2021.

In January 2013 Jake gave a paper at the Oxford Farming Conference, ‘Will Precision Farming Change the Face of UK Agriculture?’ In January 2014 he presented some of his Nuffield Farming Scholarship findings at the Pershore Farming Conference and The Real Oxford Farming Conference.

In October 2012 Jake was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship, his topic was ‘Breaking the Wheat Yield Plateau in the UK’.  Post Nuffield Jake has presented his findings to the Nuffield Conference, Groundswell Conference and the Institute of Agricultural Managers at their annual conference in November 2014 and that month was awarded the Farm Business – Food and Farming ‘Progressive Farmer on the Year’. In 2020 Jake was awarded the ‘Soil farmer of the Year’ award by the Farm Carbon Toolkit, is a farmer advisor for Trinity Ag Tech and a director of The Green Farm Collective.

In 2021 Jake was crowned Environmental Champion by Farmers Weekly and as Arable Innovator of the Year at the British Farming Awards. In 2022 and 2023 Jake won the BBC Food and Farming ‘Future of Farming’ award, on his own and subsequently as part of The Green Farm Collective. 

Jake has previously been co-opted to the National Crops Board for the National Farmers Union and has also been the Worcestershire County Chairman.

Jake has been writing a blog (farmerjakef.blogspot.com) since 2006 and has been ‘tweeting’ since October 2010 (@No1FarmerJake). Harvest 2011 saw the launch of his YouTube channel documenting life at Overbury Enterprises, helping promote the positive aspects of our Regenerative Agricultural system.

 

Join Jake in person at the following:

Soil Health Session 

Practical guidance on improving soil health

Thursday, 7 March at 11:10.

 

 

Sessions
  • 07-Mar-2024
    Environmental Business Theatre
    Soil Health
  • 07-Mar-2024
    Environmental Business Theatre
    Soil Health

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