Annkatrin helps to coordinate the partnership, organising and delivering training and events. As well as this she works at Moretonhampstead Primary School where she is in charge of the outdoor learning area and runs sessions and clubs. She is a tutor for TouchwoodSouthwest delivering practical skills workshops in schools – using natural materials for traditional crafts. Her background is in teaching and pedagogy, but she also grows vegetables, makes compost and has a working horse who helps with jobs round the farm.
Melissa helps to coordinate the partnership, organising and delivering training and events. She also works at a community market garden growing vegetables and herbs and for Bicton College teaching accredited practical horticulture courses. Previously she worked for Devon Community Composting Network as the composting schools assistant, and for Community Action Groups as project assistant. She has a background in environmental education including working at the Centre for Alternative Technology, as a Forest School Leader.
Nicky’s background is in art, theatre and music. He has studied organic horticulture and subsequently set up his own market garden. He has also taught composting and organic principles for several years and in 1992 set up a community composting project. For around 16 years Nicky coordinated the Devon Community Compost Network whose work was strongly involved with supporting schools in relation to establishing their own composting systems. He is now involved in various projects including Moor Meadows, Bioblitz, teaching on Permaculture courses as well as Growing Devon Schools. He has written numerous articles and books on the subject of composting and organic growing.
Tessa is an escaped university academic who has run education charities for the last 14 years. In 2014 she moved to Devon and joined Farms for City Children (FFCC) as their Chief Executive, which allowed her to combine her professional expertise in education and the third sector with her personal interest in all things environmental. She is now exploring other realms but remains involved in Growing Devon Schools offering invaluable expertise and support.