Job Opportunity – Grower – Community Harvest Whetstone
Date Published: 16th July 2022
Community Harvest Whetstone is a small community supported agriculture (CSA) scheme on the outskirts of Leicester, founded in 2009.
Community Harvest Whetstone supplies a weekly veg share throughout the year to a membership of up to 50 households. They’re looking for a part-time, self-employed grower to lead their growing team. The grower would be responsible for managing crops in a timely way to ensure constant quality, and yet the weekly share is varied as much as possible through the seasons.
In both field and polytunnel cultures, the growers are responsible for crop management, including seed selection, sowing (modules and direct drilling), propagation, transplanting, crop rotation, composting, fertility building, weed control, irrigation, and pest and disease management.
Most of the work is done with hand tools. A tractor and rotavator are available, and a committee member is willing to operate these given fair notice.
Previous growing experience is essential.
The job is physically demanding, so stamina and strength are required. There are many days where the work may be done alone, so motivation is vital for this physical job. Much of the work is outdoors in all weathers. A commitment to sustainable agriculture and the ethos of community supported agriculture is crucial.
To work as an effective team, good communication and responsiveness are important.
This is a self-employed position, hours to be discussed. For more information, contact Keith Campbell, Treasurer, info@community-harvest- whetstone.org.uk, telephone: 07543 466903.