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April 8, 2019

Seasonal Trainee Grower

Job Title: Seasonal Trainee Grower – Sims Hill Shared Harvest, Bristol

Work Hours: 2 days a week by negotiation (8 hours per day)

Duration of post: 23 weeks starting in May

Pay rate: £8.21/hour

Closing date for applications: 19th April 2019

Interviews: week commencing 22nd April 2019

Sims Hill Shared Harvest is a Community Supported Agriculture cooperative based in Frenchay on the edge of Bristol. We are seeking applicants for the post of Seasonal Trainee Grower to assist our Farm Manager and Assistant Grower team during the busier summer months.

Sims Hill Shared Harvest grows mixed vegetables for around 120 members who each receive a weekly veg share throughout the year. Our vegetables are grown using organic standards across 3 acres of cultivated field space and 5 polytunnels. The growing area is split across the Sims Hill site and some space at the nearby Feed Bristol project which is run by Avon Wildlife Trust.

This post will suit someone looking to develop their skills as a market gardener/veg grower in a community setting. The trainee will work alongside the current growing team with a focus on teaching the trainee a broad range of skills associated with growing vegetables on this scale. They will be required to work with and supervise volunteers at times. There may be an occasional need to work alone and also carry out watering tasks some weekends.

Duties and Learning Objectives:

  • Seed propagation from sowing to transplanting
  • Organic weed, pest and disease management
  • Addressing plant needs for irrigation and nutrients
  • Harvesting produce using agreed methods and ensuring quality control
  • Preparing produce for the shares
  • Weighing, packaging and organising for distribution
  • Working together with and leading tasks for members and volunteers
  • Ensuring safety on site and best practices are maintained

Person Specification:

Essential:

  • Interest in sustainable food production and the desire to put that interest into practice
  • Some experience of vegetable growing
  • Ability to communicate well and explain tasks to others
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all weathers
  • Ability to work within a team
  • Ability to work on own initiative, prioritise tasks and work to deadlines

Desirable:

  • Experience of working with volunteers

Please apply in writing including a cover letter and CV to simshillgrowers@mail.com

.More about Sims Hill Shared Harvest: http://simshill.co.uk

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March 19, 2019

Crowdfunder launched today

We started the year with the threat of being turned to tarmac as a new Park & Ride, but with fantastic local support we are making 2019 a year when we grow and flourish instead.

We need your help.

We have launched a crowdfunder to raise money to ‘Grow a Grower’ for this summer.

We want to start a traineeship program at Sims Hill for new entrant growers. We are looking to employ a paid trainee for 2 days a week for the coming season.

We are aiming to raise £5,000 to cover the trainees wages and provide them with training and courses.

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Why support new growers?
Sims Hill is committed to sharing skills and knowledge with the community.
We recognise the need to upskill new producers and build a new generation of food growers in Bristol.

Why a paid traineeship?
Sims Hill is committed to supporting its farmers to build sustainable livelihoods. We recognise that for new growers it is difficult to find paid training options, particularly in urban agriculture projects.

We want to work towards a model which can support new growers in a fair way.

More land, more food
This year at Sims Hill we would like to increase the amount of land we are using to grow food and produce more food for our members. With a trainee joining the growing team we hope we can produce more vegetables shares.

We feel this is a vital step to make our CSA more robust and create more viable jobs for our growing team. From 2020 we aim to employ a trainee grower each season from our income and continue to build our CSA.

We would really appreciate your support in raising the £5,000 needed to employ a new trainee.

So, please forward this email, tell your friends and share the link below to our crowdfunding page. All donations of any scale are welcome. As anyone who’s ever done the weeding can tell you; every little really does help.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/grow-a-grower-at-sims-hill

Many thanks

The Sims Hill team

PS. Make sure you check out the adorable video our friends at Black Bark Films made us on the crowdfunder page!

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March 9, 2018

Vacancy: Community worker

We are looking for a new Community worker to run our Community Food Centre. The Centre has been running since November 2016, and as our staff member moves away we are looking for a replacement to take this important role in the Sims Hill team.

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Principal tasks:

You will be responsible for working with referral agencies to invite vulnerable people to join a ‘community of health and well-being’ that gathers at the farm on Thursdays and offers work experience, a meal together and the opportunity to order free or subsidised food. You will manage this gathering, oversee the cooking of a meal and the distribution and ordering of food through Real Economy Co-operative.

The post is for 8 hours per week on Thursdays at the Feed Bristol site.

This role will suit someone who:

• relates well to people who are in difficult circumstances

• has an interest in food and food growing as a means to social cohesion

• recognises the importance of community life to our health and well-being

• has an ability to manage groups of volunteers in gardening and cooking contexts

• is proactive and able to develop the project and monitor progress

You will be responsible, on a day to day basis, to the Farm Manager and may work actively with our partners Real Economy.

Pay and conditions

· either at the rate of £12 per hour for an 8 hour day for 50 weeks per year (self-employed)

· or on an employed basis for one eight hour day per week at a rate of £10.58 per hour with four weeks holiday and a 6% employers pension contribution.

The agreed start date for this post is April 1st 2018.

The post is subject to one month’s written notice and will be formally reviewed and renewed on a six monthly basis.

How to apply:

Applications should be submitted on 2 sides of A4 plus a CV to simshillsharedharvest@gmail.com by 23rd March 2018.