Training Opportunities

From April 2018 Frith Farm will take on two voluntary apprentice posts, the roles are aimed at people who want to develop skills to make a livelihood from community food production.

Read the full role descriptions. Then send a CV and covering letter telling us:

  • Specifically why you want this role
  • How you fit the person specification (in the role description)

Applicants will be short-listed according to how well they meet the criteria in the person specification and demonstrate a commitment to sustainable food production.

Frith Farm Trainee Grower Role Description – Production and Management
This trainee post will suit someone looking to develop their skills as a small scale commercial market gardener in a community setting.

The trainee will learn the skills required to manage the production at Frith Farm along with taking on responsibilities for producing and selling crops during the growing season. This role will include:

  • Raising plants from seed
  • Irrigation
  • Planting and maintaining polytunnel crops, field vegetables, salad leaves, green manures and companion plants
  • Organic weed, pest and disease management
  • Harvesting schedules and techniques

Much of this will be accomplished with the support of volunteers and Frith Farm staff, whom the trainee will work alongside and supervise.

Responsible to:                 Grower with Specific Responsibility for Production                                                                       and Management (Ben Allwood)

Responsible for:                Volunteers as appropriate

Overall Purpose:               To assist Frith Farm in the sustainable production and sales of                                                  vegetables.

Details of the post:

  • Unpaid voluntary role
  • Time commitment: 1.5 days/week for 9 months (with option to reduce to 1 day a week from end September)
  • Dates: 30th April – 19th December 2018
  • Hours: Mondays from 7:00am – 14:00pm and Wednesdays 9:00am – 1.00pm
  • This post is based at Frith Farm and other locations on the market stall
  • This post is also expected to support our market stalls, open days or other Frith Farm events.
  • Supported by: training workshops and monthly check-ins with Ben Allwood (Head Grower)
  • This post is expected to attend monthly learning tutorials.

Main objectives: 

  • To learn about and assist with all aspects of propagation in the polytunnel
  • To learn about and assist with all aspects of planting and maintaining the vegetable growing areas at Frith 
  • To assist with harvesting and preparing produce in accordance with the needs of the Frith market stall, box scheme or other independent outlets
  • To provide support for the volunteer programme
  • To participate fully in Frith Farm and the Traineeship Programme

Main Activities:

Growing

  • Work closely with the Grower in order to learn all aspects of running the polytunnel, salad beds and vegetable field.
  • Take on specific tasks as agreed with the Grower
  • Assist with developing and maintaining the site’s infrastructure
  • Undertake other activities in support of Frith Farm as appropriate

Harvesting

  • Cutting/picking produce to the agreed methods, ensuring quality control
  • Preparing produce according to ‘product descriptions’
  • Weighing, packaging, sealing & labeling
  • Assisting in transporting produce from Frith Farm to the marketplace
  • From time to time supervising the harvest; supervising volunteers
  • Supporting a produce stall

Working with volunteers

  • Work with the Grower to ensure all volunteers and placements on site are safe, welcomed, valued and supported
  • Allocating tasks and supervising volunteers

Participating in the Traineeship Programme

  • To participate in the Traineeship tutorials

Person Specification

Essential

  • Interest in sustainable food production and the desire to put that interest into practice
  • Some experience of growing
  • Ability to supervise and explain tasks to volunteers
  • Happy to work outdoors throughout the year
  • Ability to carry out shared tasks and work within a team
  • Ability to work on own initiative, prioritise tasks and work to deadlines
  • Commitment to and understanding of the aims of Frith Farm

Desirable

  • Experience of working with volunteers

 

We thank the sustainable food cities group or offering us funding to assist us in delivering this training scheme.