Kensons Farm Organic Vegetables near Salisbury in Wiltshire has a vacancy for an assistant grower. We grow a full range of Soil Association certified vegetables, which are sold through our three weekly market stalls and farm shop, and to local box schemes including The Community Farm in Chew Magna.
Hugh and Liz Collins are growers with 15 years’ experience, and have hosted Future Growers trainees for the last four years. We are now looking for a new assistant to join an existing team and live and work at the farm for the 2017 growing season. We have 3 acres of asparagus, 1500m2 of polytunnels, an acre of intensive cropping and 12 acres of field scale including fertility building breaks. Crops are produced for year-round sales.
The work will include crop planning, propagation, planting, weed control, pest management, irrigation and harvesting. The ideal candidate will have some experience of horticulture or farming, although this is not essential. The key element is a driving passion for organic vegetable growing on a commercial scale, plus an understanding of the level of physical and mental dedication required to succeed as an organic grower. This is an excellent opportunity to develop and extend existing skills in organic vegetable production. Applicants without direct relevant experience should detail any trade or transferrable skills they can bring to the role.
Our main source of fertility is green manures as well as compost, some of which is made on farm. Cultivations are primarily made by plough and power harrow, and the farm has a good range of implements and equipment. The applicant for this role must have a desire to operate machinery and engage in field work and also have a fairly good knowledge of workshop tools.
The position is full time from late April until October with some weekend work during the asparagus season. Basic wage with overtime after 39 hours per week, plus statutory holiday by arrangement. Self-contained mobile home accommodation is available.
Please submit CV and covering letter addressed to Hugh, either by post or email to [email protected]. Deadline extended to 19th March 2017.