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Do you want to develop your food-growing skills?
Would you like to learn about the sustainable food movement?
Growing Communities is recruiting three trainee growers. The free training will involve learning all aspects of growing vegetables with a particular emphasis on salad leaves. You will work alongside the grower, learning all aspects of running our urban market gardens.
We are looking for enthusiastic people who are keen to learn how to grow food in a sustainable way, enjoy working outdoors and working with others. This traineeship is open to everyone, regardless of background. We acknowledge that the environmental sector is less accessible to people from minority backgrounds and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We especially want to hear from you if you feel that opportunities like this are less available to you, or you don’t see yourself represented very often in the environmental or sustainable food sectors.
Additional information about Growing Communities, including our latest impact report, can be found elsewhere on this website.
To get an idea of what your days might look like, check out this film made by former GC trainee Warami.
Trainees will learn all aspects of running our urban market gardens by:
1. Assisting the grower on site one day a week. Tasks include seed sowing, potting on, planting out, weeding, watering, harvesting, making compost, record keeping, and any other associated tasks in the garden.
2. Working occasionally on other Growing Communities’ sites alongside other growers.
3. Supporting and supervising volunteers.
4. Attending six evening tutorials in organic food growing and the wider good food system.
5. Gaining experience supervising the garden work day and harvest when the grower is absent.
Successful applicants will be able to show that they:
• Want to grow and sell food
• Are committed to the aims of Growing Communities to create a more sustainable, relocalised food system that’s fair to farmers, good for the planet and better for communities.
• Are able to work outdoors throughout the year in all weathers
• Are reliable, hardworking and organised
• Would benefit from this traineeship
• Work well with other people
• Have some experience or skills related to supervising volunteers
• Have an interest in pursuing food growing beyond the training. For example graduates often go on to some of these types of work/further training:
o Horticultural jobs in and outside London
o Further horticultural study, e.g Level 2 at Organiclea in Chingford
o Educational work involving growing
o Other jobs in the good food movement
• Have some experience in food growing
• Are a confident cyclist
• Have volunteered with Growing Communities or another growing project
Three traineeships are available:
Apprenticeship 1: Monday 9am – 5pm (based at Springfield Park)
Apprenticeship 2: Mondays 9am – 5pm (based at Springfield Park)
Apprenticeship 3: Tuesdays 9am – 4pm (based at Clissold Park)
• The traineeships start in late March and run until the end of September.
• Six evening tutorials take place during the traineeship, dates to be confirmed.
• Trainees will be expected to attend and work at one salad pack (Tuesday 4.30-6.30pm) during the traineeship.
• The training is free and trainees receive a free weekly veg bag. There are also ad-hoc opportunities for paid work within the wider organisation.
• The work is based at our two urban market gardens: Springfield Park and Clissold Park (with occasional work at our other growing sites in Hackney).
Complete all parts of the application form and the recruitment monitoring form below. Return the forms either by email to email@example.com or by post to the Hackney address at the bottom of this page.
Closing date for applications: 9am Monday 20 February.
Shortlisted applicants will be informed by phone by Friday 24 February.
If you do not hear by then, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.
Interviews will be held on Thursday 2 March.
Do you thrive in fast-paced environments and enjoy problem solving?
Do you want to help build a sustainable food system that’s fairer to farmers and kinder to the planet?
The Better Food Shed is looking for someone to join our team and take on the new role of Operations Manager.
You will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the Shed, while contributing to the future development of the business. It will suit somebody dynamic and energetic, who thrives while problem solving and is a confident communicator, highly organised and practical with strong admin skills.
The Operations Manager is an exciting new role and is a great opportunity for someone who wants to contribute to sustainable food systems and short supply chains for London.
You will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the Shed, including communicating with farmers and box schemes; managing orders, packing and deliveries; overseeing a friendly and committed team.
You’ll also support the Head of the Better Food Shed and contribute to the future development of the business.
If you enjoy problem solving, working in a team, and are a confident communicator, highly organised, practical, and have strong administration skills, this role will suit you.
You need to be physically fit, comfortable with early morning starts and hold a full UK driver’s licence.
This job is open to everyone, regardless of background. We acknowledge that the sustainability and agricultural sectors are less accessible to people from minority backgrounds and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We especially want to hear from you if you feel that opportunities like this are less available to you, or you don’t see yourself represented very often in the environmental or sustainable food sectors.
We recognise that the successful applicant may not have all the skills and experience listed in the person specification. We welcome an application from you if could see yourself in the role.
The Shed is a farmer-focused wholesale buying group, launched by Growing Communities in 2019. We are committed to supporting a nature and climate-friendly food system and we always put farmers and growers ahead of profit. We aim to improve the local food system by offering a new type of wholesale; rationalising and reducing the carbon intensity of distribution – particularly in London.
BFS is focused on giving small, local, organic food producers efficient access to the London consumer market. Based in Barking, we source produce from over 20 organic farms in the UK, which we distribute to community-run box schemes and ethical retailers across London.
More recently our work has involved working with council-led initiatives, such as supplying produce for Barking Council's children's holiday food programmes, as well as working with groups tackling food injustice.
GC is a social enterprise that’s building a fairer, more sustainable food system by supporting local small-scale organic farmers. We run a successful organic fruit and veg scheme in Hackney and the Farmers’ Market in Stoke Newington and we grow fruit and veg in Hackney and Dagenham.
Send your CV and a cover letter (each document should be no more than two pages) addressing how you meet the person specification outlined in the job description. Please also complete and return the Recruitment Monitoring Form, below. Email to Danny Fisher.
Are you a hard worker who enjoys the outdoors?
Are you looking for summer work in a friendly team?
Growing Communities Dagenham Farm are looking for someone to work with us on seasonal picking and packing farm work during the peak growing season. Our 1.7 acre organic farm grows salad and mixed greenhouse crops (such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers) for sale to local outlets and our weekly veg box scheme.
This role would suit someone who enjoys the outdoors and is happy to do repetitive, physically demanding work. We are a small and friendly team. Hours can be somewhat flexible dependent on candidate’s needs, though usually need to be on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The role is based at Growing Communities Dagenham Farm, by Central Park off Rainham Road North, RM10 7EJ.
This role is offered on a zero hours basis, as shifts offered will vary according to peak times and sessional cover required. This means that number of shifts is not guaranteed, and there is no obligation to accept shifts. However, we try to offer shifts with as much advance notice as possible, and will have shifts to fill every week from April to end of July at a minimum.
Shifts are most often on Mondays and Tuesdays, and shorter shifts/somewhat flexible hours can be possible to fit into school hours or other commitments. Pay rate will be £11.95 an hour (+£1.44 accrued holiday pay an hour) Totalling £13.39 an hour.
Read the job description above, then send your CV and a cover letter (each document should be no more than two pages) addressing how you meet the person specification outlined in the job description. Please also complete and return the Recruitment Monitoring Form. Email these to Katy Barker.
Deadline: Applications on a rolling basis until the right candidates are found for this season. We look forward to meeting you.
Many of the veg schemes in the Better Food Traders welcome volunteers. Check the Better Food Traders website for details.
Growing Communities, The Old Fire Station, 61 Leswin Road, London N16 7NX
Better Food Shed, 47 Thames Road, Barking, London IG11 0HQ
Growing Communities Dagenham Farm, Luke Allsopp Square, by Central Park, off Rainham Road North, RM10 7EJ.