The business is an eight-acre organic market garden supplying a range of vegetables to our home-delivery box scheme and our wholesale customers. We are a Community Supported Agriculture project and in line with our purpose we will assist the postholder in gaining insight into the ethos and practicalities of organic horticulture and Community Supported Agriculture.
Main Purpose of the Job
To work in The Community Farm field on all general horticultural tasks including harvesting, packing, planting, weeding and tending of organic vegetable crops. A structured programme of training and experience in organic horticulture will be provided during the employment.
Position at The Community Farm
Reports to: The Head Grower
Main relationships: Head Grower, Community Farmer, Farm Engagement Leader, volunteers and any other seasonal workers.
Duties and Responsibilities
• To work under the direction of the Head Grower on all horticultural tasks in the field including plant raising, cultivation, weeding, planting, crop tending, irrigation, harvesting and protected cropping (polytunnels).
• Harvesting and packing of farm produce as per picking lists, provided by the Head Grower or Warehouse Manager.
• Work independently as appropriate showing initiative and a ‘can do’ attitude.
• Work alongside and help to supervise farm volunteers on field tasks.
• Help promote a welcoming and inclusive environment for all volunteers and visitors to The Farm.
• Attend weekly field team meetings and monthly farm staff meetings.
• Support The Community Farm and its key values as a social enterprise of environmental sustainability and community engagement.
• Where possible and reasonable, be willing to flex working hours and days to meet changing workload demands at the field.
• Be prepared to help cover other aspects of operations in the event of staff sickness or holidays.
• Take a proactive approach to all health and safety matters on the field and in the warehouse.
• Ensure that relevant environmental health and food hygiene requirements are followed.
Key outcomes include:
• Crops picked and packed to agreed time deadline and quality.
• Other horticultural tasks completed to agreed deadlines and requirements.
• A welcoming and inclusive environment promoted to all volunteers and visitors to The Farm.
• The Farm will provide a structured programme of job-based learning objectives and training in organic horticulture and Community Supported Agriculture that runs throughout the period of employment.
• This post would be suitable for a trainee on the Soil Association ‘Future Growers’ scheme but is not restricted to people on the scheme.
• The post is funded by grant support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Terms and conditions
This is a fixed term contract for a full-time post, 30 weeks at 40 hours per week (5 days/week).
Start date: 01 April 2019. Finish date: 25 October 2019.
Pay rate: £8.47/hour
Closing date for applications: 6 February 2019
Interview date: w/c 18 February 2019