Georgie Mitchell - Author & Owner of 'The Nest Farm School', Burnley
Hi, I'm Georgie a first generation farmer, a mother of 3 wild feral farm children, a believer of manifesting and an all round Lancashire lass who has an absolute love for writing.
I had an early midlife crisis at the age of 30 and quit my teaching job to try my hand at farming, it was the best thing I ever did. After renting pockets of land all over the Ribble valley building my flock of sheep and rearing pigs for meat all with my first 2 children in tow I realised that there was a huge missing link between farming, education and children. This then set me on to my current venture.
2 years ago I was given the tenancy on a new mini farm just 3 miles from my home. I new when I saw it, it was perfect. I admit openly I wasn’t sure what it was perfect for at the time so began to research and throw ideas around. I kept re visiting my initial idea, farming, education and children. I decided I was going to open my very own farm school, my family and friends through I was bonkers. It would never work they said, to much red tape they said... so I went ahead, of course.
Last year, after I put every penny in I had, which meant I sold my large flock of sheep and gave up my pockets of land, I put every emotion in possible, worked every hour possible. I completely revamped and renovated the place. In June 2019 I finally opened. Still 1 year on, I'm totally overwhelmed at the feedback and support. It's better than I had ever imagined , the experience and education i can provide to children is just incredible. Being part of something that allows and encourages children to be free, experience, learn and make memories is just something that is so special.
I had always liked putting pen to paper, plenty of comments of how the place looked like it should be in book, prompted me to move forwards and achieve another dream. Write children’s farm stories, so this winter with the wonderfully talented Rachel i will have my first book out. All my stories are drawn from experiences and mischief that has happened on the farm. The illustrations are captured at the farm school with all the quirky mischievous farm animals.
The first story, is how on Christmas day a very special farm friend arrives very magically. She is one of the favourite farm animals and secretly is mine too. A special magical story, set in winter around Christmas time, with beautiful water colour wintery wonderland illustrations of how the farm gained another very special friend.
All my stories have an element of education entwined with hidden messages of acceptance, kindness and care. So the children can learn about farming life whilst becoming aware of emotion… Stories and illustrations that will last forever and always have spot on your children’s book shelf for years to come.