Market Gardener/Vegetable Grower

Market Gardener/Vegetable Grower
Location: Bridge Community Farms, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire 
Salary: £25,000 p.a.
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Contract: Permanent, full-time 

Do you have commercial food crop growing experience and a passion for producing high quality produce, and are happy to adhere to the growing principles and methods of award-winning Market Gardener Jean-Martin Fortier? If so, read on to find out more about this exciting opportunity to join an organisation which prides itself on making a positive impact on the wellbeing of others.

Bridge Community Farms (BCF) is a community interest company based in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, with a focus to “grow better lives” for those with learning difficulties and mental health issues. BCF grows vegetables, salads, herbs and fruit on five acres, including four 90 foot polytunnels and a hydroponics unit.

Priding ourselves on a caring team of colleagues, donors, fundraisers and volunteers, we also provide ongoing guidance, support and work experience to those who are currently unemployed, always striving to help make the world around us a better, happier place.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Market Gardener to play an integral role within our happy and caring team, where you will develop and plant the harvesting plan for four 90 foot poly tunnels, 4 acres of open field and the hydroponics unit. Based on the farm at our Better Lives Centre, you’ll execute this plan to provide a steady supply of good quality seasonal produce to support up to 250 vegetable boxes per week, our own small Farm Shop and some local high-end restaurants, using organic methods. You’ll also train and develop volunteers and wellness clients to learn basic horticulture skills. You’ll also get a lovely warm feeling every time one of our wonderful wellness clients thanks you for helping them to “Grow a Better Life”.

Your duties will include, although not be limited to:

  • Overseeing the cultivation and maintenance of food crops
  • Managing weed/pest/disease control programmes using organic methods
  • Analysing horticultural yields, operational costs and financial returns
  • Ensuring deadlines and quality standards are met within agreed budgets
  • Maintaining financial and administrative records and supervising and training staff
  • Ensuring compliance with UK regulations and legislation

To be considered for this vacancy, you will need:

  • Commercial food crop growing experience using organic methods
  • A compassionate nature with a positive outlook on life
  • Great communication and customer service skills, and a sense of humour!

If you’d like to benefit from a great working environment, a happy team of colleagues and the daily satisfaction that you’re making a positive impact on the lives of others, then we want to hear from you! 

To apply: Please send your CV to: bridgevegbox@gmail.com
Closing date: 31st May 2019.
Strictly no agency calls or agency CV submissions.