Lead Market Gardener, Badminton, South Glos, | Biodynamic Association

Lead Market Gardener, Badminton, South Glos,

Vacancy – Operations Manager for Biodynamic Land Trust
6th February 2019
Experienced Horticulturalist and Farm Hand
12th February 2019

Lead Market Gardner , Badminton, South Glos, GL9 1DG

Position – Full Time
Partnership agreement with myself who is a tenant of the Badminton Estate

I am looking for an experienced grower to take on a 1.3 acre walled garden for an organic food growing start-up venture. The applicant should have at least 4 seasons organic food growing experience with at least a couple of those years’ experience in the UK or similar climate.

Badminton Natural Vegetables was formerly a market garden venture, supplying seasonal vegetables to a box scheme, as well as a stall at Bath/Bristol Farmers Market and a stall in the village every Friday. The new scheme will be grower-led, and the applicant will be responsible for running the business. Previous experience managing a food growing enterprise such as this would be advantageous.

There is a walled garden with 3 polytunnels and small greenhouse as well as 4 raised beds outside the walled garden. I will also provide the infrastructure to set up the business including some manual tools.

Candidates should be available to travel to London or Badminton for interview after an initial skype interview and be prepared to relocate to Badminton village. We can offer local accommodation for smallish rent of around £450 per month for which I will pay half for the first year.

Responsibilities will include:
⋅ Day to day growing tasks across a 1.3 -acre walled garden with three polytunnels, and further 4 beds in the adjacent bed garden, crop planning, sowings, cultivation, composting, transplanting, mulching, weeding and harvesting.
⋅ Managing and directing volunteers
-Coordinating produce
-Securing orders from customers on the veg box scheme
-Coordinating local delivery of boxes to customers

Essential attributes:
⋅ At least 4 years practical experience in an organic agricultural enterprise – ideally on top of a training.
⋅ Ability to use initiative and work alone
⋅ A commitment to sustainable agricultural management of the land
-Running a profitable business
⋅ Full UK driving license and own vehicle

Desirable attributes:
⋅ An interest in local food resilience
⋅ Experience of managing volunteers

Applicants should submit their CV along with a covering letter explaining why they would like to apply and how they meet the requirements as stated in the description. , to: tracy@tracyworcester.org.uk, or by post to: Tracy Worcester, Farms not Factories, 28 Halsey Street, London, SW3 2PT

Deadline for application: CVs will be considered as they come in. Start date will depend on the needs of the applicant.