Food Grower-Trainer Location: Stepney City Farm, London E1 3DG Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week, with seasonal flexibility Salary: £25,000 Contract: Permanent, subject to successful completion of probationary period
Food growing is one of the core activities of Stepney City Farm, and is the basis for many of our formal and informal educational and volunteering opportunities. The Farm is a best-practice educational model of sustainable agriculture in the heart of one of the most deprived urban boroughs in the country. We advance wellbeing and inclusion and address issues of mental and physical health through the promotion of healthy eating, physical activity through volunteering, green care, and open access to green space.
The Food Grower-Trainer leads on delivery of this vision, overseeing food growing tasks and training for a range of volunteers, alongside the strategic development of food growing to maximise generated income, and ‘on the ground’ delivery of the full field-to-fork cycle. The successful candidate will be experienced in community gardening and market gardening, with a flexible and entrepreneurial approach.
The new post holder will be taking over existing relationships managing sales to several restaurants, as well as an online click and collect veg box scheme, and general onsite sales of both produce and plants, with the scope to develop new outlets. The Food Grower-Trainer is supported by the Assistant Food Grower, 2 days per week.
The Farm is not organic-certified, but all growing is done to organic methods, using our own compost. This is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to shape a food growing programme, and contribute to the future of a unique and much loved community site.