Great Volunteer opportunity to gain experience of intensive small-scale biodynamic production, East Sussex

Gardener / grower / land manager
20th February 2020
Part-time Gardener
11th March 2020

Michael Hall School is the oldest and largest Steiner school in the UK set in the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, equal distance from London and Brighton in the village of Forest Row. 

 The school sits in a sizeable estate that includes a 1 Hectare Victorian walled garden used for intensive biodynamic production and education simultaneously. There are four large poly-tunnels within the walled garden and an apple orchard nearby. We are beginning to grow crops in between the widely spaced trees and making additional plans to expand production further. 

This is a great opportunity to gain experience of intensive small-scale biodynamic production in a unique, dynamic and progressive educational setting. You will be involved in all aspects of production from sowing, planting, harvesting, selling, irrigation, packing etc. You will also gain some experience of how the educational side of things on the land operates. We supply many local outlets and currently can’t produce enough to satisfy demand.  

We are fortunate to have many other sustainable agricultural enterprises going on around us so there is a lot of scope to compare and contrast local practices. 

A cosy small onsite studio flat is available along with living costs and all the produce you can eat in return for 8 hours of work per day, 5 days a week. I can be flexible with days off and working hours based on the demands of the season and volunteer alike. 

I manage the garden with the help of volunteers and the strategic help of the school pupils.  

I am looking for an energetic person for the 2020 season starting in late March/ April.  I would like the person to stay for the whole season – till Oct but am open to discuss possibilities based on the plans of the volunteer.  

For more information about this opportunity please contact Laurie Donaldson or 07845553247