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Market Gardener (Organic/Biodynamic)

Heckfield Park Farm Limited
Hook

Posted: 30 Aug 2022

Deadline: 10 Oct 2022

Compensation: £25,000 per annum

Paid Full-time Permanent

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Job description

Heckfield Estates is looking for a Market Gardener to join its growing team and support our group with seasonal produce.

Applicants should have growing experience, and be willing and able to follow our organic and biodynamic approach. Applicants must have a serious approach to the growing of food and flowers and be willing to work hard to achieve the very high standards that are required for our customers. Here you would be part of a team of growers working together to supply the restaurants at Heckfield with a beautiful range of exciting seasonal vegetables and fruit, and the rooms with beautiful and adventurous home grown flora all year round, as well as other companies and outlets within our Group. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone to be involved in a progressive and creative farm to table project.

Some of the duties you will be involved in will include:

  • Maintenance and monitoring of crops
  • Managing pest & disease
  • Planting and aftercare of crops
  • Ground preparation
  • Propagation from seed, cuttings or division
  • Harvesting, cleaning and packing
  • Operating machinery (where required & if trained/certified to do so)

The certified organic and biodynamic market garden is set over 5 acres, with a large state-of-the-art propagating glasshouse and five polytunnels supporting the vegetable and soft fruit growing, that supply the hotels two restaurants with beautiful, truly seasonal and delicious produce. There is a young orchard, with more than 500 apple, pear and stoned fruit trees, which is presently home to our bees and organic chickens.

The estate also grows an acre of cut flowers for the 45 bedrooms and rooms at Heckfield Place, located on the estate.

The market garden is set within the original 340-acre Home Farm, a mixed arable and livestock farm (certified organic, and following biodynamic principles).  Suffolk sheep, saddleback pigs graze the land and flocks of chickens supply eggs for the kitchen, a herd of Guernsey cows arrived in late 2019 along with a purpose built dairy to produce our own unpasteurised milk, butter, cream, yogurt and, eventually, cheese.

We are trying to create something very special in these lovely grounds and we would be pleased to hear from you.

Only applicants with the Right to Work in the UK should apply.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons.

 

Application information

Please send your covering letter/CV to hr@heckfieldestates.com.

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About Heckfield Park Farm Limited

The market garden is set over 5 acres, with a large state-of-the-art propagating glasshouse and five polytunnels supporting the vegetable and soft fruit growing, that supply the hotel's two restaurants with beautiful, truly seasonal and delicious produce. There is a young orchard, with more than 500 apple, pear and stoned fruit trees, which is home to our bees and organic chickens. The market garden certified organic and currently in Year 3 conversion to full biodynamic certification.