About Us

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Farrantshayes Farm is currently cared for and owned by Emma and Jon Hillier.  Emma is a secondary English, Media and Drama teacher, who has been teaching for thirteen years in a variety of contexts, up to and including private, boarding, international and state schools. She also works for Farmlink, a charity which aims to get children onto farms and learning to appreciate where their food comes from. Jon is a building surveyor by trade, with an interest in conservation/restoration work and property development - perfect for the farm, as most of the buildings require some TLC. Cocker spaniels Rusty and his daughter Ebony complete the team- they live for affection, food and trips out to the pub!


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We are fortunate to be only twenty five minutes from Exeter city centre by car and twenty minutes from the beach at Sidmouth. In the coming years we hope to create the perfect large smallholding (or small farm, depending on your perspective), with a variety of breeds. We are in the middle tier of the Countryside Stewardship programme, with a focus on natural grassland management and conservation of historic buildings. In time we hope to be able to welcome more people onto the farm through livestock share schemes, workshops and events- in between holding down our day jobs! We know how much pleasure we get out of our animals and are passionate about sharing that with interested folk. We are both active members of Devon Association of Smallholders; Emma is the secretary and events manager as well as writing a column for 'The Landsman' magazine about life at Farrantshayes.