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Assistant Grower & Farm Assistant

The role will suit someone who is interested in gaining experience on a market garden scale but also setting up and running a veg box scheme, farm and smallholding.

Weekly tasks will include: propagating, planting and maintaining organic vegetable plants. Harvesting, packing and selling produce including the delivery of our veg boxes each week. Plus building a smallholding that is going into it’s 3rd year as a new farm enterprise.

Job Description

Fanfield Farm are looking for an Assistant Grower & Farm Assistant to work 21 hours per week at our small scale farm in Polegate, East Sussex.

The position would suit someone who is interested in gaining experience in organic growing or setting up a market garden style farm. Weekly tasks will include: propagating, planting and maintaining organic vegetable plants. Harvesting, packing and selling produce including the delivery of our veg boxes each week. Plus building a smallholding that is going into it’s 3rd year as a new farm enterprise.

The right candidate would be open to working outside all year round, love nature, be interested in managing an agroecological farm and interested in how small farms operate. As well as be prepared for labour intensive days.

The successful candidate will work Tuesday – Thursday each week totalling 21 hours per week. A normal week “in-season” (May – December) would look like:

Tuesday: Plant and crop maintenance / general farm work

Wednesday: Helping to run volunteer days where we get as much farm work done as possible with the help of external volunteers.

Thursday: Harvest and packing boxes early morning, followed by the successful candidate delivering those boxes for the afternoon.

In the “off-season” the week will be more flexible with Tuesday to Thursdays tasks including upkeep of the farm and preparing the farm for the following growing season.

We believe the position is a great offering as not only will the candidate learn the real world of organic farming and growing, but also be actively involved in the building up of a small farm and smallholding, providing practical knowledge and hands-on skills ranging between building outbuildings, to maintaining on site equipment, planting fruit orchards, and building soil health.

Interest in the operational business side could also be an advantage, we also run marketing companies and are happy to teach these skills to potential applicants including marketing, social media and how our operations / sales work.

We are passionate about growing in the right way, and are looking for someone to help us continue that reality and expand into 2022 and beyond whilst sharing our knowledge.

 

Responsibilities

  • Helping and assisting in growing vegetable crops and plants on the farm
  • Assisting in the harvesting and preparing of veg for customers
  • Helping to run the farm and maintain the different areas of the farm
  • To keep growing areas free of weeds and prepare new growing spaces
  • To assist with crop planning and rotation
  • To make deliveries of our veg boxes to the local area
  • To help run our weekly volunteer days.

Qualifications

  • A desire to work outside and learn about regenerative growing.
  • Be interested in different ways of working land and be prepared for manual work
  • A driving licence is essential.
  • Due to the nature of the community aspect of the farm we work with schools and community groups, therefore the successful applicant will be required to complete a DBS check which means Fanfield Farm as an employer will be able to check the criminal record of successful applicants.

Desired Qualities

  • We are looking for a hardworking and trustworthy individual.
  • Someone who is happy to work outside in all weathers, both as part of a team and alone.
  • Driving licence is essential
  • Someone who is interested in learning, and applying that learning on a daily basis
    Someone who is passionate about local, good quality food and nature.

Job Details:

Salary:

National Living Wage – £9.50 an hour

* Plus a healthy supply of veg when in season.

Job Term:

21 Hours a week permanent contract with a 3 month probationary period.

Working Week:

Tuesday 8-1

Wednesday 9-4

Thursday 7-4

* Times are seasonal and subject to change

Key Dates:

Applications Close – 30th April

Potential Start Date – Early May

Please Note:

This position does NOT come with accommodation.

Perks of the Job

Unique Opportunity

We believe we are offering a position where applicants can experience the starting and growing of a small farm.

This isn’t something that many farms can offer, the right applicant will see the value in this as they may aspire to do the same one day.

Fresh Veg and Chemical Free Foods

When we have food growing you will have a fresh supply of delicious veg available to take home with you and to enjoy on lunchbreaks.

We will provide you with a veg box for home use each week too.

Learn new skills

The skills we can teach over a couple of growing seasons would allow someone to start their own venture, including:

Crop planning, planting, veg plant management, business operations, marketing, social media, email marketing, farm building, structure building and maintenance…

and so much more.

Perks

Interested?! Download the application form.

If you are interested in this role, please download and complete the application form. Please send the form along with your CV and Covering Letter to hello@fanfield.farm.

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