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Plaw Hatch Farm
Sharpthorne, West Sussex

Posted: 8 Feb 2024

Deadline: 24 Mar 2024

Compensation: £20,592 per annum + accommodation

Paid Full-time Permanent Fixed term / contract


Job description

Full time, £20,592 per annum (annually reviewed 1st April) plus accommodation provided inclusive of bills (excluding broadband), mobile phone contract, NEST pension, free milk, shop account with 20% discount

Old Plaw Hatch Farm is looking for a Farmer to work as part of the team that manages the arable and livestock at the heart of our farm. This role is responsible for the stewardship of the land and machinery in growing feed for the animals (hay, silage, oats and barley), but also contributes to the success of the farm through working collaboratively with the team in all aspects of farming, including husbandry and estate management. In time, it is expected that the post-holder will take on additional responsibilities to support the overall running of the whole farm.

The successful candidate will have previous experience of - and enthusiasm for - machinery maintenance, field work and nurturing soils, and an understanding of biodynamic agriculture. A willingness to turn your hand to any task is essential. We work in a flat management structure, so the desire to work inclusively in decision-making and with good communication is fundamental to the role.

This job allows you to make a difference, as you will be part of a team and a community that is committed to farming in a biodynamic way that serves the community; a way of life rather than just a job!

The Role

The key duties are outlined below:

  • Field work, including cultivating, sowing, mowing, baling, wrapping, harvesting, storing and delivering crops
  • Manage the workshop area and machinery maintenance
  • Support colleagues in husbandry and estate management tasks
  • Liaise with colleagues to meet feed and bedding needs, share equipment and share workload
  • Undertake administration associated with farming activities
  • Work with biodynamic preparations and standards and attend inspections
  • Work collaboratively with the farming team and the management team in day to day and strategic decision-making
  • Train and support volunteers and apprentices
  • Work to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

The Person

This role requires the person to be an experienced farmer, dedicated to building healthy soil and field work, capable in working and maintaining machinery, with knowledge of the varied tasks involved in mixed farming. Sharing our values and striving for improvement in embodying them on a day to day basis is essential for this role.

The successful candidate must be approachable, motivated and a team player with flexibility and the capability to solve problems and work as an enthusiastic member of the management team.

This post necessitates a will to work collaboratively and inclusively, taking personal responsibility and sharing responsibility for the whole farm organism.

You must have an interest in living in a farming community and working to serve a wider community.

Application information

Interested? See here for a full Job Description. To apply, email with a CV and covering letter.

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About Plaw Hatch Farm

Plaw Hatch Farm is a 200-acre community-owned farm on the edge of the Ashdown Forest. We are a mixed farm with a dairy herd providing raw milk, cheeses, yoghurts and cream. We also keep beef cattle, sheep, pigs and laying hens. A garden of 12 acres provides a range of seasonally available fruit and vegetables. All our own produce plus organic produce from local suppliers is available through our farm shop.