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Voluntary Organic Market Garden Roles

The Fold CIC
Bransford, Worcestershire

Posted: 22 Dec 2022

Deadline: 5 Feb 2023

Compensation: £60 per week living contribution

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Vacancy for Seasonal Voluntary Worker at The Fold CIC, Worcestershire

TWO ROLES AVAIALABLE

January - October and March – October 2023, 5 days a week – including weekend hours, £60/week stipend and full board accommodation

For more information, please contact farm@thefold.org.uk

To apply please fill out the application form on our website at https://www.thefold.org.uk/careers/

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The Fold Farm is seeking a seasonal voluntary worker to assist with our small, Soil Association-certified organic market garden. This is a great hands-on opportunity to learn about organic horticulture on our small but developing market garden located between Malvern and Worcester. This will include all aspects of production (from propagation through to harvest and delivery), looking after our small flock of laying hens and basic administration. The seasonal voluntary worker will join our residential community in rural Worcestershire and work alongside the head grower, assistant grower and regular volunteers (local and residential), sharing responsibilities for running the market garden. This role will involve working 5 days per week, including weekend hours.

The market garden is located at The Fold, a not for profit community interest company set up to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, the local and wider community and the planet. We do this by running enterprises that support the local economy and promote environmentally sustainable practices. The Fold is a lively and diverse organisation and includes a farm shop, a café, craft businesses, a therapy centre, yoga classes, monthly markets, and more! Please visit the website www.thefold.org.uk for more information.

The market garden, which is certified organic by the Soil Association, includes about 2 acres of field space, and 2 polytunnels, which are managed using minimum tillage, green manures and crop rotation. We also have glasshouse space where we raise the majority of our own plants. The market garden sells to an on-site café, small veg box scheme, monthly markets and wholesales to some local restaurants and shops. The commercial aspect of the farm is still in its early days and has gradually expanded over the past few years.

In 2023 we are working towards establishing ways to form a Community Supported Agriculture model for our market garden. For more information on how a CSA works and what it is, visit : https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/.

This position is offered with full board vegetarian food and comfortable, private accommodation in the shared farmhouse which is home to several people who live and work at The Fold. There is also the option to bring a live-in vehicle if desired. We offer a stipend of £50 per week. Ideal start date is Monday 6th March 2023, subject to interview progression and we ask for a commitment until the end of October.

Suitable applicants will be contacted by email to arrange an initial phone interview. If the applicant progresses from telephone interview an onsite trial work session will be arranged.

Application information

Visit our website to apply: www.thefold.org.uk/careers

Download the full role description and the application form. 

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About The Fold CIC

The Fold CIC is an organic farm and sustainability centre based in rural Worcestershire. We champion sustainable and healthy lifestyles for the planet, the community and the individual through a range of educational events, yoga classes, our natural therapy centre, and cafe.