About Us

Visitor Co-ordinator, Katie Vining

Katie Vining – Visit Co-ordinator

Katie joined the Discover Farming Education team in 2017 and will be working with Vicky Holland, the creator of the on-farm classroom at Washingpool Farm.  Her role is to develop and deliver the educational programme and this involves visiting local schools to understand their needs, hosting and teaching visiting classes.

‘Having taught in primary schools for many years I decided to change direction last year and was lucky enough to be the successful applicant for the post with Discover Farming.  I am looking forward to further developing the offering for schools, engaging with children about food production, farming and the countryside environment’.

Katie has all the relevant DBS checks and is undertaking the nationally recognised CEVAS course – the Countryside Educational Vists Accreditation.  Training is co-ordinated and delivered by the Access to Farms partnership and accredited by Credit4Learning part of the Open College Network (OCN).

Victoria Holland – Washingpool Farm Shop

Victoria married into the Washingpool family in 2001, she and Simon set up the farm shop in its current incarnation and now run it with other family members. Vicky has a degree in English Language and Literature and is of farming stock. She has been a governor of her local primary school for nine years and is link governor for EYFS and Literacy. She and Simon have four children, aged 13, 11, 7 and 5. Vicky has been trained and accredited by the Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS), she has also been DBS checked through her work as a school governor and church youth leader.

Behind the scenes the Discover Farming committee work hard to develop and deliver the Discover Farming message.  The committee is made up of the following local people all committed to helping to educate children about food, farming and the environment:  George Streatfeild, Marcus Beresford, Emma Blackburn, Rebecca Hutchings, Tim Dommett, Amanda Streatfeild, Julia Stantiford, Catherine Bugler, Kathy Dare, William Bowditch, Amy Foster and Lucy Hart.

The Melplash Agricultural Society believes passionately that it is vitally important for the ‘next generation’ to understand the role that farming and agriculture play in the local economy and environment.  At a time of great technological change, the Society wishes to inspire the younger generation to take up careers in this exciting industry, not only in farming but also other rural industries.  Discover Farming has been launched to inform , educate and enthuse young people.