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Hands of Hope Charity
Peasmarsh and Hawkhurst
Compensation: OTE £35,000
Hands of Hope are a community based charity operating in Rother, Hastings and West Kent. Our goal is create a Community Hub from which we will use growing and cooking to improve people’s emotional well-being, increase their physical activity and educate the community on the important of good nutrition. We want to reconnect people with where their food comes from, teach them how to grow and cook healthy, nutritious food and using this process to ultimately tackle some of the biggest health and social issues facing us in the 21st century including Childhood Obesity, Rural Isolation, Loneliness, Dementia and Mental Health.
Currently farming 4 acres of Soil Association accredited land in Peasmarsh where we have established a “market garden” we have now acquired a derelict walled kitchen garden and 18 adjoining acres in Hawkhurst, West Kent, which will be restored, regenerated & developed as an innovative “Community Hub” for the whole region.
This is an exciting project that will produce heritage, organic fruit and vegetables within the restored 2 acre walled kitchen garden and include a Victorian Glass House, a Cooking School and Training room. As well as a valuable education resource centre, the site will support community projects and workshops, employment engagement activities, volunteering and community events.
This new facility will be:
Our goal is to make the Community Hub self sufficient and part of this will include a number of commercial income streams such as Growing Courses, Plug-Plants, Veg Box Scheme as well as supplying vegetables to local catering businesses.
There are multiple elements to this post:
We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic and experienced Commercial Market Gardener to lead this project. Working alongside the current Trustees and a team of dedicated Volunteers your primary responsibility will be the day-to-day management of Hope Farm in Peasmarsh and “The Community Hub”, in Hawkhurst.
Initially, your responsibilities will revolve around the management of the current site in Peasmarsh including developing planting plans, crop rotations, purchasing seeds etc for both sites, as well as establishing Volunteer Rotas, Apprenticeship Programmes, Community Outreach Programmes and Commercial Schemes.
As the development of the “Community Hub” in West Kent progresses, there will be scope for the newly appointed Commercial Market Gardener to make decisions about the final layout and design of the Walled Kitchen Garden as well as establishing growing areas to generate activity, during the development phase.
The successful candidate will need to be enthusiastic and highly motivated. A hands-on approach to the job will be essential and some morning, evening and weekend working may sometimes be required, as will work in all weathers. A commitment to organic growing and sustainable food production are essential, as is an interest in using Growing and Cooking to combat social and health issues such as childhood obesity, loneliness and social isolation.
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About Hands of Hope Charity
Hands of Hope is a community-based charity operating throughout Rother, Hastings and West Kent. Our aim is to reconnect people with where their food comes from, teach them how to grow and cook healthy, nutritious food and using this process to improve physical and mental wellbeing.