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Trainee Veg Growers

Growing Communities
Hackney, London

Posted: 31 Jan 2024

Deadline: 26 Feb 2024

Compensation: n/a

Unpaid Traineeship Part-time


Job description

Growing Communities is a non-profit social enterprise run by a small but committed team of local staff and volunteers. We run a weekly organic fruit and veg scheme, the Patchwork Farm in Hackney, the farmers’ market in Stoke Newington, the wholesale Better Food Shed and Dagenham Farm.  

We are recruiting three organic veg growing trainees who want to develop their food-growing skills and understanding of the food system. 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, and benefitting from insights from the wider business team.  

We are looking for enthusiastic people who are keen to learn how to grow food for a sustainable food system, enjoy working outdoors and working with others. This training is open to everyone, regardless of background.

The traineeships start in early April and run until the early October. Trainees will learn all aspects of running our urban market gardens through:  

  1. Practical work alongside 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. Learning deeper theory at 6 evening tutorials about organic food growing and the wider good food system. 
  5. Meeting members of the office team to hear more about the ‘behind-the-scenes' elements of running a viable organic food business. 
  6. Potential for gaining experience supervising the garden work day and harvest when the grower is absent, if of interest.  

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About Growing Communities

Award-winning east London social enterprise working to reshape the food and farming systems that feed us, through our organic fruit and veg scheme, all-organic farmers' market, urban food growing, training and campaign work