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GROW
GROW, the Totteridge Academy, Barnet Lane, London N208AZ

Posted: 04/01/2021

Deadline: 04/02/2021

Compensation: £24,000 per annum

Paid Full-time Permanent


Job description

Job Title : Grower

Salary: £24,000 starting salary

Contract: Full Time (6 month probation period)

Benefits: 28 days holiday pro rata plus flexible working hours. Weekly staff yoga and discounted produce. 

Responsible to: Farm and Outdoor Education Manager

Start date: February 2021

Location: Barnet

ABOUT GROW

GROW works in schools and communities to promote mental well-being, physical health and a more hands-on relationship with the natural world. 

From yoga to farming, philosophical thinking to boxing, GROW’s specially designed programme gives young people the knowledge, skills and confidence to think beyond their day-to-day routines. 

Since launching our pilot scheme at The Totteridge Academy, North London in May 2019, GROW has started a Forest School, built a community farm and rolled out a full programme to 250 students per week as part of the curriculum. 

Our aim is to see GROW become second nature, as normal in a young person’s day as a maths lesson or football practice.  

A key part of the GROW learning experience is our 6 acre field. We are creating a vibrant working farm that will form a key part of our curriculum as well as being a community farm with opportunities for families and adults.

It’s a busy and exciting time for GROW and we are looking for someone to help us on our journey and who can grow with us. 

ABOUT PAVILION

Pavilion are a speciality bakery offering the very best in sourdough bread, pastries and coffee in East London and Cornwall. Started by founder Rob Green in 2007 in Victoria Park, Pavilion exemplifies what it means to be everybody’s ‘local’. With over 10 years of experience, the Pavilion sites celebrate speciality, seasonal produce from the UK and promote health through food with a particular focus on the very best fruit and vegetables. The sites are all meat-free and stocked with organic, local produce such as cheese from the Kupros Dairy in Tottenham, eggs from Rookery Farm, and homemade jams with fruit from the Chegworth Valley alongside the daily baked goods.

A key part of Pavilion is the ingredients and produce it uses, and that’s why the partnership with GROW is so important. Pavilion believes in showcasing British produce grown as locally as possible, as well as supporting the local community through outreach and charity work and GROW makes this possible.

Moving forwards Pavilion aims to be completely seasonally led, with lunch recipes and sandwich fillings guided by the fruit and vegetables that GROW provides, as well as creating homemade pickles, jams and ferments led by each season’s bounty at the farm.

THE ROLE

This is an exciting new role that we are offering as a part of our partnership with Pavilion Cafes. 

You will be based at GROW’s 6 acre farm full time, working with a small farm team (Farm Manager and our Part Time Grower). You will also work with our regular volunteers, trainees and young people through our educational curriculum, helping to spread the knowledge and love of food growing that you have. 

You will work alongside the farm manager to plan, maintain and harvest top quality organic produce (vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers) to sell to school canteens, at local markets and to restaurants, most importantly Pavilion. Duties will include crop planning, watering, planting out, plant health maintenance, harvesting, packing and invoicing and helping with the animals. 

You will liaise regularly with Pavilion chefs and operations team to give them weekly harvesting plans and updates from the field. 

You will help to lead weekly volunteering sessions with volunteers of mixed abilities. 

ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

We are looking for an organic grower with a minimum of 3 year’s experience, ideally on larger scale sites, with experience of producing seasonal produce of the highest quality. A strong  knowledge of organic farming through all seasons is essential and experience having worked outside in all weathers a must. 

The candidate must be hard working, calm and kind, with a desire to share their love and knowledge of food production with others. We are looking for someone with initiative in spades and who is comfortable working in the busy, ever changing environment that is community farming. 

Level 2 horticulture qualification or equivalent desirable but not essential, but must have a strong understanding of year round organic, agroecological farming and ideally experience of working with restaurants and doing markets. 

Strong organisation and crop planning skills are a must as well as the ability to manage your own workload. 

We are looking for someone with a strong desire to make farming and food growing a more inclusive sector, as welcoming and engaging visitors of all kinds from underrepresented groups is a key part of the GROW philosophy. 

Strong communication skills are also very important. . We are a community farm with a strong focus on education, young people and the community. The ability to be friendly, thoughtful and understanding at all times and comfortable working with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities is very important to us. 

Experience using machinery is essential - BCS 2 Wheel Tractor, strimmer, seeder and wheel hoe. 

Practical skills including carpentry and building are also desirable. 

Experience of working with children is desirable but not essential. 

Start date: February/March 2021

Application information

To apply, please send us a C.V. and a short cover letter explaining why you are interested in the job and why you think you are suitable to sarah@wearegrow.org

Please do get in touch with any questions you might have about the role. 

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About GROW

GROW works in schools and communities to promote mental well-being, physical health and a more hands-on relationship with the natural world. From yoga to farming, philosophical thinking to boxing, GROW’s specially designed programme gives young people the knowledge, skills and confidence to think beyond their day-to-day routines. Since launching our pilot scheme at The Totteridge Academy, North London in May 2019, GROW has started a Forest School, built a community farm and rolled out a full programme to 250 students per week as part of the curriculum.