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Chagfood Community Market Garden Apprenticeships 2021

Chagfood is a seven-acre Community Market Garden on the north-east edge of Dartmoor supplying 150 veg-shares a week to local households. Here grower Ed Hamer outlines an opportunity to learn all about community-supported agriculture while living and working at the farm next summer…

We are going into our twelfth season and are looking for two hard-working, enthusiastic apprentices to join our growing team for six-months from mid April – mid October 2021. We are able to offer an informal but comprehensive apprenticeship programme providing training in all aspects of setting-up and running a successful community supported market garden, from crop planning to sowing, cultivation, transplanting, organic crop husbandry, harvesting, marketing and business management.

We are able to provide basic but clean and tidy caravans for accommodation on our site along with a field kitchen, drinking water and a compost loo. We also offer £75 per week as a living allowance in addition to fresh vegetables from our fields. In return we ask for our apprentices to work four days a week, averaging 8-hours a day, to be enthusiastic, practical and willing to learn and work as part of a hard working team.

Applicants should send an email to outlining why you are interested in the apprenticeship, what experience – if any – you have in market gardening and what qualities you think you will bring to our team. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 4th January 2021 and interviews will take place during the week of the 11th January.

Please feel free to circulate the position to other interested individuals and if you have any questions please send us an email or call Ed on 07858 381539.

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