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Food & Farming School Facilitator 

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

Posted: 04/01/2021

Deadline: 25/01/2021

Compensation: £30 per hour

Paid Part-time Flexible hours Fixed term / contract


Job description

Job title: Food and Farming school facilitator 

Salary: £30 per hour 

Start date: February 2021

Location: The Totteridge Academy, Barnet, London, N20 8AZ and surrounding area

Contract: Part-time / flexible / freelance

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 300 students per week as part of the curriculum.

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We work with schools to deliver the GROW curriculum, a completely new package that teaches children about food, farming and well-being. Every student who comes through GROW will learn essential and practical life-skills that will help them lead healthier, happier and more connected lives. 

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 as we expand our programme into primary schools in Barnet and we are looking for a new facilitator to help us deliver our programmes.

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THE ROLE

As GROW is expanding in 2021, we are looking for a freelance food and farming facilitator to join our team to help us deliver our programmes. 

We currently have 2 horticulture facilitators working for GROW but with our programme expanding rapidly in 2021, we are looking for someone else spectacular to join our team to ensure we always have high quality facilitators ready to deliver. With a newly funded project taking place over the next 3 years where we will be delivering the GROW programme with 4 local primary schools, we need someone who is confident, flexible and ready to step in to support where it is needed.

The hours of this role are TBC depending on our projects, but there will be definite scope to expand to more regular work quite rapidly, with the right person. 

THE PERSON

We are looking for someone with a strong understanding of the principles of horticulture, food growing, natural systems and sustainable farming practices. Also essential is a passion for sharing it with others. Ideally you will have at least 2 years experience growing food organically and/or working in a farming environment (this could be small scale but it is absolutely essential). A Level 2 Horticulture qualification would be great but it’s not essential if you have the relevant experience. 

Experience of working with children and young people is essential, both primary and secondary. We have very high standards for our curriculum and are looking for a candidate who feels confident and comfortable being in a school environment and around young people. A teaching qualification is desirable but not essential for someone with the right experience. 

The ideal candidate will take initiative and pride in everything they do. We are a small team who believe in the power of education to change the world and we are looking for someone who feels the same. We are looking for somebody who is kind, thoughtful, self aware and who wants to be a part of the GROW family. 

We are looking for someone who is flexible and ready to step in where it is needed whilst still taking pride and ownership in their work.

Everyone is welcome 

At GROW we’re committed to creating an inclusive workplace and are proud to be an equal opportunities employer.  We believe that uniqueness is powerful and that diversity drives innovation. 

All qualified and eligible applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, gender identity or expression, race, national origin, religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation or pregnancy and maternity.

We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities; in particular those who are currently under-represented in the charity sector including BAME and disabled candidates.  We are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

Application information

To apply for this position please send a CV and a short covering letter (no more than one sid of A4) detailing your suitability. 

Please send through to sarah@wearegrow.org by 25th January 2021. 

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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.