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Vegetable Manager

Radford Mill Farm
Radford, Bath and North East Somerset

Posted: 4 Jan 2022

Deadline: 17 Feb 2022

Compensation: To be negotiated depending on experience

Paid Full-time Permanent


Job description

CONTEXT:  Radford Mill Farm is an organic farm of 110 acres, the majority of which is currently used for grazing and hay.  In addition to this there is currently 1 acre under polytunnels, 2 acres of field vegetables, an apple orchard and fruit field. 

A separately owned egg business operates from the farm as do a number of other small businesses which lease land or workshops on the farm. Turkeys are raised for Christmas. 

Produce is sold through our own farm shop in Bristol and other outlets as well as a small box scheme.  Plans for an onsite farm shop are also under discussion. 

The farm runs events, including catering for 3 small music festivals, weddings and camps at which farm produce is promoted.

THE POSITION: A vegetable manager is required to develop the vegetable fields, expand the salads and other vegetables growing in the polytunnels, as well as the orchard and fruit growing.  

There is also scope for someone to develop their own ideas for growing and focus on new or specific markets.  There is the option to combine this with some animal husbandry if you wish.  

We are seeking an innovative person with prior proven experience of vegetable growing and new ideas for development. There is space to expand the business and, in the long term, the opportunity to take on a lease if you wish. 

We hope to appoint as soon as possible but are willing to wait for the right applicant.

MAIN PURPOSE OF THE JOB  Management of vegetable fields, polytunnels and orchard, compost production, marketing and development of new avenues for sales.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Development and management of polytunnel production.
  2. Development and management of field vegetable production.
  3. Management of the orchard and fruit field production.
  4. Co-operating with other staff on the overall work of the farm
  5. Developing a sales and marketing strategy for the produce grown.
  6. Supervising the work of other staff and volunteers as directed by the owner.
  7. Developing and maintaining a manure and composting strategy. 
  8. Maintaining relevant farm equipment and undertaking minor repairs.
  9. Supporting the development of the farm plan and implementing new projects.
  10. Undertaking relevant administration and report writing as required by Of&G, DEFRA and other relevant bodies including internal reports. 
  11. Undertaking any other reasonable duties as directed by the owner.

Application information

For further details and a full job description please email Richard Fox at richardrmf@hotmail.com or Liz Vickerie at lizvickerie@gmail.com and send a CV outlining your previous experience of organic growing and relevant skills.

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About Radford Mill Farm

We are an organic farm of 110 acres, near Bath and with a farm shop in Bristol. We grow salads and vegetables in fields and poly-tunnels and have a small flock of sheep and produce eggs and turkeys for Christmas. We also have a range of small businesses onsite which lease land or workshops for their enterprises. We undertake a range of events included some small music festivals and camping weddings.