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Work With Us – Lead Grower

Lead Grower

Hampshire Market Garden CiC

Salary: £22,000 per year

Location: Rushmere Farm, Waterlooville

Benefits:

  • Company pension
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee discount
  • Free OnSite parking
  • Career Progression
  • Annual Pay rise

This role will suit someone who is interested in gaining further experience on a market garden scale and seeing the full setup of a market garden from the beginning with an established route to market. The role has development opportunities to become head grower and for the market garden to expand.

Weekly tasks will include: propagating, planting and maintaining organic vegetable plants. Harvesting, packing and selling produce including some delivery of produce. Plus the building and maintenance of a market garden on an established organic farm.

Salary: £22,000 per annum

Job Description:Hampshire Market Garden CiC are looking for a lead grower to work full time on their market garden in Hambledon, Hampshire.

The position would suit someone with at least 1 year full experience of commercial growing or market gardening who is looking to develop within the regenerative agriculture or organic growing industry. 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.

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 of a new market garden within a team of experienced people. The role will provide practical knowledge and hands-on skills ranging between building outbuildings, to maintaining on site equipment, planting fruit orchards, and building soil health.

Role & 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 produce
  • To help run volunteer / workshop days.

Essential qualities and experience:

  • At least 1 full year’s experience in commercial organic growing.
  • An efficient, productive worker who enjoys physically active work.
  • An enthusiastic interest in the environment, soil, plants and food.
  • A wide range of practical / outdoor skills.
  • A good natured, respectful, patient and cheerful team player.
  • An open minded, flexible approach to work and an understanding that there is always more to learn.
  • A willingness to cover for other team members when required, and to muck-in with other aspects of the work at Hampshire Market Garden.
  • A full clean driving licence for at least 2 years.
  • Self-motivated and a proven ability to plan, organise and take initiative
  • Able to work alone, as well as work as part of a small team
  • The ability to record data as required

Timing & Benefits:

The job is full time, with occasional weekend work. You will receive all statutory rights in relation to paid holiday and pension. Everyone on the farm has access to free vegetables.

Career Progression:

The role will evolve as the market garden succeeds, existing plans see this role progressing into a Head Grower role with a pay increase, and management training to then manage further growers in the future.

Please apply by written application of a covering letter and cv, and send to Chris Huskins at info@hampshirevegbox.co.uk

 

Application question(s):

  • Have you held your driving license for 2 or more years? Due to our commercial vehicle insurance successful applicants are required to be 21 years of age or older.

Experience:

  • market gardening or commercial growing: 1 year (preferred)

Ability to Commute:

  • Waterlooville (required)

Work Location: In person