Heckfield Estates is looking for a Market Gardener to join its expanding growing team and support a luxury hotel Heckfield Place with seasonal produce.
The market garden is set over 5 acres, with a large state-of-the-art propagating glasshouse and five polytunnels supporting the vegetable and soft fruit growing, that supply the hotels two restaurants with beautiful, truly seasonal and delicious produce. There is a young orchard, with more than 500 apple, pear and stoned fruit trees, which is presently home to our bees and organic chickens.
The market garden is certified organic and currently in Year 3 conversion to full biodynamic certification with Demeter.
Renowned chef and author Skye Gyngell, Heckfield’s Culinary Director, oversees all seasonal cooking, while Fern Verrow’s Jane Scotter guides the growing using biodynamic principles.
The market garden is set within the original 340-acre Home Farm, a mixed arable and livestock farm ( also in year 3 of biodynamic conversion). Presently we grow mainly cereals. This year we are experimenting with a range of ancient grains with a view to producing them on a larger scale for breadmaking.
Suffolk sheep, saddleback pigs graze the land and flocks of chickens supply eggs for the kitchen, a herd of Guernsey cows arrived in late 2019 along with a purpose built dairy to produce our own unpasteurised milk, butter, cream, yogurt and, eventually, cheese.
The estate also grows an acre of cut flowers for the 45 bedrooms and rooms at Heckfield. There are plans to extend this considerably by planting perennial shrubs and trees throughout the estate this winter, supplying the hotel with flora every week of the year in years to come. Kitten Grayson of Kitten Grayson Flowers looks after the floral aesthetics for the hotel and she has input into what we will grow on the estate for this purpose.
We’re looking for individuals excited by the ambitious projects planned at Heckfield. We want people to be part of a strong, hardworking, dedicated and creative team that can grow and learn within it.
Applicants should have some growing experience. Applicants must have a serious approach to the growing of food and flowers and be willing to work hard to achieve the very high standards that are required for our guests. Here you would be part of a team of growers working together to supply the restaurants at Heckfield with a beautiful range of exciting seasonal vegetables and fruit, and the rooms with beautiful and adventurous home grown flora all year round. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone to be involved in a progressive and creative farm to table project.
We are trying to create something very special in these lovely grounds and we would be pleased to hear from you.
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