Meet The Team
Martyn has been farming at The Barton since 1988 and growing organically since 2000. Martyn has now stepped back from the main day to day operations, leaving it in the very capable hands of the Team. He is growing the potatoes, carrots and swedes, as well as managing 300 apple trees, mostly in an agroforestry system. He is also trialling a Veg Box Scheme supplying just Exmouth and Lympstone under a sister brand Barton Lane Boxes.
Mike is a long-standing (although he has been known to sit down) worker at The Barton. His services are most commonly employed on the agricultural side of the farm; ploughing, harvesting and other big tasks but he does also drive some of the planting machinery for the box scheme crops. His services are often utilised by other farmers in the area.
Irma joined Shillingford Organics in 2006 helping with planting, weeding and harvesting. She progressed to Packhouse Manager finding her natural role within the farm. Irma is responsible for making sure you get the highest quality produce in your boxes and is exemplary at making sure the packhouse runs as smoothly as possible.
Clare, aka 'Mother', joined Shillingford Organics in 2010. She works full time and is heavily involved with planting and harvesting of the crops. She also helps to pack your weekly boxes. She is very hard-working and likes to complete a job to the highest standard. Clare has a fantastic sense of humour and is a much loved member of the team here at Shillingford Organics.
Claire came to Shillingford Organics in 2012 as a Wwoofer (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms). She is very versatile and extremely hardworking, spending much of her time looking after the salad and soft fruit crops and creating our wonderful, award-winning, seasonal mixed salad bags. She is currently establishing a herb area to help extend our range of produce. When not busy with this, she can often be seen on the back of the planter.
Fatma came to Shillingford Organics to pick apples as a volunteer and is now responsible for running the extremely successful Farm School. She also organises and runs events on the farm as well as attending local events to promote our Organic Online Shop and the Farm School.
Chloe joined the Shillingford Organics team as a trainee in 2016 and her role now involves looking after the chards, beetroot, perennial herbs, cucumbers and courgettes. She previously worked on the Soil Association's Food for Life pprogramme and believes that good food, produced in a way that respects people, wildlife and soil, should be available to everyone. When not on the farm, she enjoys cooking (and eating), walking and reading a good book!
After working on the farm at Shillingford Organics for many years Martin now has his own organic land and shop in Okehampton. We are very fortunate as Martin still works with us one day a week. Many of you will know him from our stall at Exeter Farmers Market on a Thursday. No one can make a market stall look as lovely and inviting as Martin.
Joe joined Shillingford Organics as a seasonal worker while studying at Exeter University back in the spring of 2017. He returned again for the following growing season except this time never left and is now part of the team helping manage the growing side of the business. He looks after a range of crops including the leeks, kale, onions, tomatoes and beans and can often be seen at the farmers market, co-ordinating the monthly community meal at Alphington Village Hall or delivering our wholesale orders around Exeter and beyond. On the rare occasions he’s not in Barton Lane he likes going for a walk or cycle with his newborn son, finding a nice pub or standing by a road somewhere in Devon with his thumb out!
You'll probably recognise Vitalis as he is most often the person who delivers our veg boxes! As well as delivering, he also helps Irma to pack the boxes and is great at building and rennovation jobs around the farm.
Harry began working at Shillingford in November 2019 having relocated from East Sussex to Devon with his wife Kirsty. Before moving Harry was Grower at Barcombe Nurseries, a well-established organic veg farm and box scheme supplying Brighton and the surrounding area. At Barcombe Harry began as apprentice for 2 years and then took on all responsibilities as the main Grower for the next 4 years. He is now continuing his learning at Shillingford. When not working Harry enjoys time with his wife and daughter Wren, walking and camping in the countryside, canoeing on the River Exe and is also a keen musician playing guitar and drums.
Sara first came to Shillingford in 2009 as a member of Exeter Community Agriculture (now Exeter Growers’ Co-op) to help with the carrot harvest and remained involved for many years since helping both on the land and in the office. Sara has now returned to help run the stall at Exeter’s Farmers Market on Thursdays. Sara also works with Martin Godfrey on their own market garden and co-op project in Okehampton.
Dave has been part of the growing team since 2016 and has recently started teaching at the Farm School as well. Before coming to Shillingford he worked for two years as an agricultural apprentice at Ruskin Mill College near Stroud and then spent over a year in Argentina and Peru working on small scale biodynamic farms. Dave claims he never knew true love until he ate the brussel sprouts from Shillingford. They’re the tastiest he’s ever had.