Jake Freestone

Jake Freestone

Farm Manager Overbury Farms

Between 1999 and 2003 Jake worked for Velcourt as a Farm Manager, in Kent, Gloucestershire and Lincolnshire before moving to Overbury Farms in 2003.  Farm enterprises managed included dairy, sheep, arable, potatoes and sugar beet.

Jake currently manages the 1590 Ha in-hand farming operations for Penelope Bossom trading as Overbury Enterprises on the Gloucestershire/Worcestershire border.  The farm has been in no-till conversion since 2013 and is integrated with a flock of 1200 ewes.  The farm hosts a very diverse Higher Level Stewardship scheme, started in January 2011.

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.

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 and the Institute of Agricultural Managers and their annual conference in November 2014 and also that month was awarded the Farm Business – Food and Farming ‘Progressive Farmer on the Year’.  In 2015 Jake was Runner up in the Farmers Guardian Arable Innovator of the Year Competition.

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 Farms, helping promote the positive aspects of our modern agricultural industry.