Food Grower 0.6 FTE (two-year contract, extendable dependent on generated income)
Our food growing programme has received start-up funding from Power to Change (The Community Business Fund), with the objective of it becoming financially sustainable by 2021. The Food Grower will be leading on delivery of this vision, with the exciting opportunity to utilise a new area of land due to be reinstated to the Farm in Summer 2019.
The Farm is a public site in the heart of one of the most deprived boroughs in the country, and we aim to be a best-practice educational model of sustainable agriculture. Food growing is one of the core activities of the Farm, and is the basis for many of our formal and informal educational and volunteering opportunities. The Farm is not organic-certified, but all growing is done to organic standards as far as possible, using our own compost.
The post-holder will be responsible for both the strategic development of food growing to maximise generated income, and ‘on the ground’ delivery of the full field-to-fork cycle. The successful candidate will be an experienced market gardener, with a flexible and entrepreneurial approach.
Education, community engagement, health and wellbeing all underpin the Farm’s core agricultural activities, and the Food Grower will also be responsible for inducting and managing regular garden volunteers, and allocating suitable tasks for the twice-weekly Open Volunteer sessions, facilitated by the Greencare Coordinator. Interaction with the public is an important part of day to day work for all staff, and applicants should be aware that the Food Grower co-manages the site with an Animal Worker on Saturdays.
The Food Grower will work closely with the Horticulture Training & Development Lead, whose role is to support the food growing through the recruitment and management of a cohort of seasonal Trainees, fundraise for the programme, liaise with Power to Change, manage the Plant Shop, and contribute to the growing strategy.
The growing areas currently consist of two poly tunnels and one main growing field, with fruit trees, berries, herbs and flowers spread across the site. In Summer 2019, a large area of land will be reinstated to the Farm by Crossrail, and growing space will be tripled. This is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to shape a food growing programme, and contribute to the future of a unique and much loved community site.
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Deadline: Midday, Monday 8 July 2019
Interviews: Thursday 11 July 2019
Young Volunteers sessional worker (voluntary role)
Are you passionate about animals, plants, food and farming? Do you enjoy working with young people?
We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who can help to run a weekly volunteering session for 12-18yr olds on Sunday afternoons from 12.30-4.30pm. You don’t have to come every week but we ask for a minimum commitment of 1 session a month.
We are currently seeking new Trustees, from Fundraising, Human Resources and Company Secretary backgrounds, to join our board and to help us meet our responsibilities in terms of governance and strategic direction for the Farm.
For more volunteering opportunities at the Farm please visit our volunteering page.