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Farm manager / grower job at Norwich Farmshare
Norwich FarmShare is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) scheme in Norfolk in its 7th year (www.norwichfarmshare.co.uk). Our aims are to provide fresh, seasonal and ecologically-grown produce to our membership on a weekly basis, and to encourage community engagement in the growing and consuming of local chemical-free food.
Having been based at a 7-acre site outside the city until last year, we are now transitioning to a smaller site (initially 1 acre) near the city, with a focus on production and education. With around 80 bag-buying members, we will continue to buy in from and create networks with other local producers, whilst starting to feed in our own produce.
We are looking for a dynamic, self-motivated and experienced commercial organic grower with an understanding of CSA values and the ability to lead teams of volunteers and other employees. The role in 2018 will initially involve implementation of infrastructure and growing spaces on the new site (starting on 1 acre initially), working from an existing (but flexible) site design. Once the site is up and running, you will be responsible for the planning, production and delivery of CSA vegetables, as well as developing relationships with producers, and looking to create other income streams. The role also includes educational activities to engage the membership and local community.
You’d be working alongside Rosalind, the existing Farm Manager/Grower. In addition to the two part-time Farm Managers, the growing team consists of a team of work-share members and volunteers. FarmShare also employs a part time administrator and is looking to fund a Volunteer Co-ordinator. The Board of Directors consists of the Farm Managers plus, at present, 5 actively involved volunteer Directors.
Status: employed part-time, 22.5hrs per week (typically a Thursday, with flexibility around other days, and with occasional weekend and evening work).
How to apply: please send CV and maximum 2-page covering letter stating how your experience, skills and personal qualities meet the role requirements to Rosalind Rosalind@ norwichfarmshare.co.uk by 12th February.
For more information, please visit: https://www. norwichfarmshare.co.uk/news/ farm-manager-grower-job- description
Trainee grower opportunity at School Farm CSA, Dartington, South Devon.
We are looking for someone to join our small team of dedicated growers, as a trainee grower, from April to October 2018. This is a brilliant learning opportunity for someone who wants to go on to run a market garden or work in community gardening. We are a three acre CSA farm, who provides veg shares from June to December, sells wholesale produce to local businesses year round, and teaches accredited horticulture courses in liaison with Bicton College.
You will be involved in all aspects of running the market garden, including propagation, cultivation, fertility management and crop care . There will also be opportunities to get involved in other aspects of the farm including marketing, events and working with volunteers, depending on your interests.
In exchange for 4 days a week we can offer £75 stipend and fresh vegetables. Caravan accommodation is available if desired.
To apply, please send us an email explaining why you are interested in joining us for the year and your current growing and other work experience. Deadline for applications is the 28th February. Informal interviews/ work day at the farm will be held in the second week of March. For any questions and to apply please email firstname.lastname@example.org.