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Residential & Day Volunteer Placements

Flourish Produce
Cooks Pen Farm CB21 6BS

Posted: 26 May 2021

Deadline: 9 Jul 2021

Unpaid Volunteer Full-time Part-time

Job description

Flourish Produce is a 56 acre farm where we grow hundreds of interesting varieties of vegetables, salads, herbs, fruit, ancient grains and edible flowers for chefs, restaurants and "share of harvest" produce boxes.

We focus on taking the best care possible of our soil and using regenerative growing practices. Our farm would be a fantastic fit for people who are interested in sustainable agriculture, are keen to get stuck in and enjoy the feeling of a days hard work outside. Being a commercial farm supplying some of the best restaurants in the UK we have a rigorous work schedule. Our volunteers will join in with a variety of work on the farm during their stay, no day will ever be the same. We spend our time planting, cultivating, tending our crops as well as harvesting and working on other projects on the farm. We are now coming into a very busy part of the year and will be able to teach you a lot about commercial farming using regenerative methods.

We only accept volunteers over the age of 21 years old and if possible require a minimum stay of 4 weeks - as we find this gives us time to show you all aspects of the farm. If 4 weeks isn't possible then we will certainly try to accomodate so do get in touch. Residential volunteers get full bed and board in return for joining the farm team Monday to Friday. Day volunteers are also very welcome to come and join us for the working day - you will get a box of vegetables to take home as a thank you for your hard work. 

The farm and business is run by Calixta. The day to day farm work and volunteer schedules are managed by Ben and Toby. Volunteers are welcome to stay in one of our individual bedrooms or camp. Bathrooms and kitchens are shared. We have a few accommodation options across the farm. We work hard collectively as a group to make sure all accommodation is clean & comfortable. All bed linen and towels are provided.

The farm is 7 miles away from Cambridge and easily accessible by bus (the bus stop is 100m from the farm). We have bikes available and the farm is biking and walking distance from the Linton, Abington and Hildersham which are all villages which have a selection of shops, coffee shops and pubs.

Food is a very important aspect of our farm, we like to eat well! We have a meal together at lunchtime and we each take turns cooking and cleaning up. Volunteers are independent for breakfast and dinner though all food is provided. We do a weekly shop supplemented with vegetables from the farm and we eat a vegetarian diet.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the farm this season!

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About Flourish Produce

Flourish is a 52 acre farm in Cambridgeshire which has been producing vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruit (and as of 2021, heritage grain and sheep) for the past 4 years. Whilst we usually work exclusively with chefs, we now grow supply produce boxes and shops in Cambridge and London.