We use the outdoor world to inspire, educate & engage
Farming For All and SweetTree Home Care Services have come together to combine the vast care farming experience of Farming For All with the award winning care and transitional living focus of SweetTree Home Care Services to create a not for profit organisation; SweetTree Farming For All.
SweetTree Farming For All has married these skills to develop the care farming experience. Participants can join in with an existing farming or horticultural project such as Dig Deep or SweetTree Fields Farm, a 14 acre site in North West London or interested parties can become a ‘partner’ to deliver a new community based project.
SweetTree Farming For All encourages and enables participants to positively engage in the great outdoors through farming, horticulture and other outdoor activities. Each project is designed to inspire, educate and engage clients in regular routine and in the great outdoors.
SweetTree Farming For All is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company with the primary aim of making a positive difference to the lives of vulnerable individuals in Hertfordshire and London who are experiencing social and educational exclusion.
Inspired, knowledgeable and engaged people naturally are happier, more confident and have higher self-esteem.
All of this happens in a managed and safe environment and is available to adults and young people of all abilities.
Meet the team
Director & Principal Trainer
Jude has 20 years experience in environmental and outdoor work and has a wide range of practical skills in conservation, animal husbandry and horticulture as well as creative outdoor crafts. She has undertaken many informal teaching and group leadership engagements and is also a qualified OCN Tutor and Forest Schools Practitioner. Jude has taught children, young people and adults from hard to reach groups including excluded teenagers, individuals with mental health issues, offending backgrounds, learning difficulties as well as rough sleepers and those with alcohol or substance dependencies.
She is passionate about the physical and therapeutic benefits of Care Farming and likewise from contact with nature and the outdoors. In her spare time she can be found willow weaving, creating art projects through nature and occasionally building music studios and classrooms out of Straw Bales.
Director & Business Manager
Robert was born and bred in Watford where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He has worked for the last 12 years in various business creation, marketing and management roles within the IT industry. He is now a Vice President within a major software company
responsible for a team of product managers.
He strongly believes in social enterprises and the benefits they can bring to a community. However they can often struggle to get
access to experienced managerial, marketing and business skills. It was his belief that professional managers can do more to help bring such skills to social enterprises, his desire to help the local community, and commitment to the idea of care farming that brought him to help start Farming For All.
Barry has a wealth of business experience both in the UK and in the USA. Barry’s vision is linked to his belief that everybody deserves the highest possible quality care and support. Outside of work life, Barry enjoys being at home with his two children, cycling and working on the SweetTree Fields Farm.
Nicki first started working in care at the age of 16 as a carer in a local nursing home for the elderly whilst studying her ‘A’ levels. She then moved on to study nursing at Thames College of Health Care Studies and qualified as a nurse. Nicki predominantly worked in areas supporting the elderly with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
After working as a staff nurse, she went on to manage several futher nursing and residential homes, with the passion to ensure excellent standards of care, enabling people with dementia to have a higher quality of life. Nicki’s vision is to provide individuals with the highest quality care and support possible.
After work, Nicki enjoys spending time with her family and pets and loves gardening.
Tom is Farming For All’s communications guru. Trained in media, psychology, and philosophy, his passion for connecting people is matched only by his love for the outdoors.
An Explorer Scout leader, Tom’s instruction skills have seen him teach English in Sri Lanka, lead groups in retail management, and tutor disadvantaged young people for not-for-profit, Maybe Magazine.
Having grown-up camping and adventuring in the UK and Sri Lanka, Tom’s bushcraft and woodland skills have been developed over a lifetime of expeditions, and SweetTree Farming For All makes the most of his advanced knowledge.