Grower

Location UK / Newry

Job Type Not disclosed

Salary Not disclosed

Updated 1 week ago

Reference 1437819

 Job Description

Excellent opportunity for a Grower based in Newry.

Accountable to:  Camphill Community Mourne Grange

Salary/Hourly Rate: Negotiable according to experiences

Hours of Work: We are open to terms & conditions which may be employed or life-sharing.

Length of Contract: Permanent

Purpose of the Job: 

We are open to applications for a biodynamic/organic trained and/or experienced gardener to guide and manage our garden at Mourne Grange. You will have primary responsibility for the day-to-day development, planning and management of the Mourne Grange organic and biodynamic food production gardens in line with BDAA standards. 

 

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

The Role

The primary responsibility for the community grower will be the day-to-day management of the Mourne Grange food production gardens.  This role will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to establish the food production garden from its first stages, developing planting plans, crop rotations, purchasing and saving seeds, establishing covered growing areas and other set-up activities.  As the garden develops the grower will be responsible for developing daily work plans which integrates appropriate work for the adults and their key staff. 

The food production garden will run to the organic and biodynamic standards set out by the Biodynamic Agricultural Association (BDAA) and Demeter International along with the needs and requirements of the Glencraig Operational Management Team and various other regulatory bodies though there will be scope for the newly appointed grower to make decisions about the direction of the food production. 

The Grower will be required to provide guidance and assist with the delivery of produce to the various houses and workshops within the site.  It is envisaged that the production gardens will encompass 2-3 acres initially, though there is scope for this to expand as production grows. 

The successful candidate will need to be enthusiastic and very highly motivated with excellent communication and people management skills.  This role will require a very hands-on approach and may require some morning, evening and weekend work, as well as a commitment to work in all weathers.  A commitment to organic and biodynamic, sustainable food production are essential and well as a willingness to work alongside residents and a small team of staff.

Specific Duties:

  • Working alongside stakeholders to establish a small scale organic / biodynamic garden to supply seasonal fruits and vegetables to the community
  • Developing crop rotations and planting plans of the garden, and managing the planning, production, storage and distribution of fruits and vegetables grown on site
  • To work with stakeholders to ensure that outcomes required by Health & Safety, FSA and other regulatory bodies are delivered
  • To ensure that the garden meets the standards and requirements set out by the BDAA for organic certification and ensure that all necessary records are kept as evidence of this
  • To work alongside existing projects based in the community to ensure a holistic approach to the gardens’ future development and supporting a move towards self sustainability and a potential commercial food production project.
  • To work with stakeholders to bid for further funding to enable further investment in the production garden

Benefits

  • Starting on 20 days annual leave pro rata plus 12 statutory days
  • Organisation Pension available on completion of probationary period
  • Occupational sick Pay Scheme, increases with length of service

Closing date for this post is 27th September.

CAMPHILL COMMUNITY MOURNE GRANGE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER