Full Time Experienced Grower Required at Shillingford Organics

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Shillingford Organics is a commercial organic vegetable farm with a community feel just outside of Exeter in Devon. We grow a range of organic vegetables on 30 acres for our local box scheme, farmer’s market and local wholesale. We have both field scale and protected cropping.

We are looking for a full time, permanent grower to join our team. This is a varied all-round role with responsibilities for growing, packing, deliveries, sales, finances, and marketing. You will be responsible for a set of crops as well as a number of other managerial duties, working closely alongside a team of co-growers.Since January 2019 we have operated with a unique self-managing set up. The business is divided into three micro-businesses: the growers microbusiness, the box scheme microbusiness, and the rest of the farm. Each microbusiness is autonomous, yet they work closely together and trade internally.

Essential skills and experience– Growing experience in a commercial set up– Good communication and team-working skills– Ability to manage your own workload

Desirable skills and experience– A full UK driving licence– Tractor driving experience– Experience of crop planning and record keeping

We are a small team of six, including four full time growers who take responsibility for the growing microbusiness. We work closely as a team, each taking on a set of responsibilities yet sharing the harvesting and growing tasks so that we rarely work alone. Working hours fluctuate through the year and we tend to work longer hours during the summer. Decisions about what to prioritise are made by consensus and through close communication. This is a good, supportive, learning environment but also a great opportunity to get stuck in and make your own mark.

Start date: from 18th April (Earlier start date is negotiable)

Salary: £22,000 plus bonus scheme. Working hours are 40 hours per week.Application process: To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to wholesale@shillingfordorganics.co.uk by Friday 1st April.

We will invite shortlisted applicants to come and join us for a trial day. Early applications are encouraged and may lead to interviews before the deadline.