We're recruiting for a Lead Grower

Grower at Woodbank

We're recruiting a Lead Grower to be based at our main horticulture site in Stockport, Woodbank Community Food Hub.

Due to the nature of the space and this role, we're looking for someone who has lots of growing experience already under their belt, to help take on the four-acre site with the FarmStart Coordinator. The role will involve crop planning, site design, all aspects of crop production, helping with the FarmStart students, and general maintenance of the site.

We're looking for someone to start in the new year ahead of the growing season so that they can help to get to know and prepare the site in good time. The hours will be split according to the season, so there will be fewer hours during the winter and more during the growing season, and pay will be averaged out across the year.

Around five years ago we took on the old council nursery that has now become Woodbank Community Food Hub was taken on by us. Since then we have turned it into a fully organic growing site which sells most of its produce to Unicorn Grocery in Chorlton and the Veg Box People, our sister organisation. We have many community-based events and opportunities held there, including our incredible community garden which is run by a group of members of the community who can come and go and help when they want to. During the time we have been there, we have been very dependent on grants as well as the dedicated support of our team of volunteers and trainees. We know this is not sustainable and collectively we are trying to move towards a model that has a more commercial focus and increase the amount of produce we grow.

We are therefore looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic person to join the team at Woodbank to help us to continuously improve our site and keep supporting our community. If you think this is the role for you, or you have anyone in mind who would fit, please read the full job description and application form, and send it to mail@kindling.org.uk before the deadline.

Deadline for applications: Midnight Sunday 5th December

Interviews will take place on: Monday 13th December

Start date: January 2022

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