College farms in Cornwall and Devon can now boast the honour of being run by one of the best farm managers in the South West of England.
James Coumbe, who manages Duchy College Farm, Bicton College Home Farm, Poole Farm and Newham Farm, was crowned Best Farm manager at this year’s South West Farmer Awards at Somerset Cricket ground, run by South West Farmer magazine.
Duchy College Head of Campus and Curriculum Lead for Agriculture, Rob Dunn, said he was “delighted for James”.
“He is a real asset and thoroughly deserves to be recognised for all his efforts,” he continued.
“The farms James manages are great learning experiences for our students, where they can get hands on with the day to day running and now they get to experience working with the Best Farm Manager in the South West.”
James said it was wonderful to be recognised for all the hard work that has been put in over the last six years.
“This isn’t just down to me but all the whole farm team,” he explained.
“We work with a large number of groups and organisations both within and outside of the College, managing the commercial and academic running of the farms, as well as the many outside links with industry and the general public. We have much to do to achieve the targets that are in our sights, but this is very much appreciated accolade for the achievements so far, for myself, my colleagues and the College.”
Principal of Duchy College & Bicton College, Phil Le Grice, added his congratulations to James.
“This is a great achievement for him and one he truly deserves. We work hard to deliver best practice on our farms; setting a clear example for our students and James is a great role model for our future farm managers.”