Community Market Garden Apprentice Opportunity

Nov 4, 2014

Chagfood is a 5-acre Community Market Garden on the north-east edge of Dartmoor supplying 75 veg-shares a week to local households. We are going into our sixth season and are looking for a hard-working, enthusiastic apprentice to join our growing team for six-months from mid April – mid October 2015. We are able to offer an informal but comprehensive apprenticeship programme providing training in all aspects of setting-up and running a successful community supported market garden, from crop planning to sowing, cultivation, transplanting, organic crop husbandry, harvesting, marketing and business management. We are able to provide a basic but clean and tidy gypsy caravan for accommodation on our site (see picture below) along with a field kitchen, drinking water and a compost loo. We also offer £50 per week as a living allowance in addition to fresh vegetables from our fields.
In return we ask for our apprentice to work four days a week, averaging 8-hours a day, to be enthusiastic, practical and willing to learn and work as part of a hard working team. At Chagfood we use working horses for the majority of our cultivation and tillage and an interest in learning practical horse farming skills is also desirable.

Applicants should send an email to chagfood@gmail.com outlining why you are interested in the apprenticeship, what experience, if any, you have in market gardening and what qualities you think you will bring to our team. The deadline for applications is Monday 24th November and interviews will take place during the week of the 1st December.

Please feel free to circulate the position to other interested individuals and if you have any questions please call Ed on 07858 381539.

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