Classifieds – Spring Equinox ’24

Mar 19, 2024

Welcome to the WWOOF UK Classifieds section. Here you can find postings from members and other friends of WWOOF UK regarding opportunities such as job vacancies, courses, traineeships, events and much more. If you have something you’d like listed in our Classifieds please send us an email.

Make a miniature garden to take home. Plant your own willow tree in a pot. Make a scarecrow. Sow some seeds. Meet the farm animals. Swing on the barn rope and play in the giant hammock. 

Wednesday 10th April 2024

Tickets and further information about Lower Shaw Farm Children’s Project can be found here.

Experienced reliable WWOOFer or couple needed by long term WWOOF hosts for occasional smallholding sitting to enable them to take some short breaks away. Experience with hens and ability to maintain a large productive garden including greenhouses essential.  Accommodation in house on easy public transport, North of England.  

Email your details to: jat15@outlook.com  

Join staff from the Graduate School of the Environment’s for an introduction to CAT (Centre for Alternative Technology), an overview of our postgraduate courses and live Q & A session on Wednesday 27 March 2024 at 6pm.

These Virtual Open Days are an online alternative to our on-site Open Day allowing those who wish to study with us via distance learning or who cannot travel to CAT for an on-site to find out more about our courses and studying with us.

Further information and how to book your place can be found here.

Are you a sheep farmer/crofter or you hunt red deer? Then you can help WWOOF host Josine with her studies for a degree in Natural Sciences, comparing sustainability of​ wild venison and British lamb, by answering a questionnaire.

“I want to look at feed requirements versus edible yield​ (meat used for human consumption), but I need some help gathering data. All answers are completely anonymous​ and only me and my tutor see the results​ and report.”

The deadline is 14th April 2024. Here is the link to the questionnaire and further information about the survey.

Operations & Community Engagement Worker

We are looking for an Operations & Community Engagement worker to join our small team. In this administrative role you will be responsible for behind-the-scenes operations of the market garden. This includes managing online sales, recruiting and inducting new volunteers, publicity and social media, financial reporting.

Trainee Grower

We are now welcoming applications for a trainee grower to join our small team.
Are you interested in growing food as your work? Do you want to gain hands-on experience? Are you curious about the possibilities of urban food production? If so, the traineeship at the Market Garden at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm is for you!
This paid role is an 8-month seasonal job that can teach you how a small-scale social enterprise uses organic and minimal tillage principles to run a successful CSA scheme. Professional experience is not required, so if you’re enthusiastic to learn how to become a grower we encourage you to apply.

To find out more about these employment opportunities and for full job descriptions click here.

Deadline for applications midnight on Sunday 31st March 2024.

Would you like to join the dedicated individuals, committed to overseeing the direction of WWOOF UK? Do you want to help more people experience the meaningful connection to self, the land and others through immersing themselves in low impact ways of living?

We are particularly keen to hear from anyone with skills in promotions and marketing or with a legal background. We want to represent the diversity of the WWOOF community and encourage applications from all ages, ethnic and class backgrounds, people with disabilities and who identify as being LGTBQIA.

Full details about the role can be found here.

Sue Coppard with friends; including trustees, staff, WWOOFers and hosts at our 50th anniversary celebration

Are you involved in a grassroots organisation or do you want to work more effectively within your community? Would you like the opportunity to learn practical skills for running a successful project from some of the most established and inspiring permaculture projects in the UK?

Between April and June 2024, the Permaculture Association Britain is hosting 5 regional skillshare events in Scotland, the Midlands, The South West, Wales and the North East. These have been designed to support community groups, projects and social enterprises to deepen their skills and knowledge of project design and delivery, facilitating learning, working with volunteers, financial resilience and community engagement.  

Each event will include a project presentation, site tour, participatory workshop, a delicious lunch plus plenty of time for questions, sharing and networking. Tickets cost £20 (£12 for Permaculture Association Members) for each event and include lunch and refreshments.

To find out more about each skillshare event and to book your tickets click here.

Stockwood Community Benefit Society is an organic, biodynamic farm and a sustainable business park majority owned and run by its community of over 400 members. Stockwood wants to become entirely community owned to maximise the positive impact to the local community and beyond.

With this share offer, Stockwood will grow its membership and repay an existing bank loan, unlocking the full potential of this community enterprise, including the launch of an education programme at Rush Farm.

Find out more about this investment opportunity here.

Role: organic / regenerative veg senior grower

Hours: 40 hours per week

Pay: £15 per hour, with possibility to increase as the business progresses

We are looking for a senior grower to join our team as the Lead Vegetable Farmer. This is a unique opportunity to be part of building this exciting project from the start. You will be managing our vegetable production and working with our team on our beautiful farm in Streat, in the South Downs. You will be responsible for all aspects of our vegetable production operation, from crop planning to harvesting.

Full job description can be found here.

Start date: As soon as possible / before end of March 2024 the latest.

Weds 27th March 2024, 6 – 8:30pm

Force of Nature’s Anxiety to Agency workshop helps participants navigate strong emotions, identify self-limiting beliefs, and understand how to cultivate agency and resilience. We ask all participants to bring a pen and paper along with them. Due to the nature of this workshop, we won’t be able to let anyone into the workshop once we start after 6.30pm.

Clover is a 24-year-old climate activist and the founding Executive Director of Force of Nature. Watch Clover’s talk: What to do when climate change feels unstoppable.

Register for this free event in London here.

Part time (0.6 FTE), remote but UK-based

Salary: £28,802 (pro rata at 0.6 FTE)

Deadline for application: 12pm GMT (midday) on Tuesday, 26th March 2024.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the core team organising the annual Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC). Your role will be to support the ORFC team coordinating logistics for the in-person and online conference, which will next take place 8th – 10th January 2025.

Full job description and how to apply click here.

The CCRI (Countryside and Community Research Institute) is seeking to appoint two Research Assistants (Student Placement) to support the research output of the Institute.

Students appointed to the role will have an outstanding opportunity to work within a leading research team to develop their research and other employment related skills. Previous placement students have gone on to study for a PhD, work for rural businesses, local authorities, and the Met Office.

Find out more about this role here.

Closing date for applications: 2nd April 2024

Hours: 40 hours a week Monday-Friday 

Salary: £11.50/hour (free accommodation available) 

Contract Length: 7 months (until November 2024)

Start: March/April 2024

Ed’s Veg is a three acre fixed-bed agroecological market garden in Liphook on the borders of Hampshire, West Sussex and Surrey. We grow vegetables for wholesale to shops and restaurants and run a small box scheme. We also grow field scale row crops on another local site. We are seeking a full time seasonal Assistant Grower to join the team between March/April and November. The role includes all aspects of vegetable production including sowing, planting, weeding, harvesting and packing. We are ideally looking for someone with several seasons of experience on an agroecological farm or someone who has recently completed an apprenticeship. The role would include on the job training but would also include working independently and taking on responsibility for certain aspects of the farm.

Full job description can be found here.

Organic Growers Alliance are excited to announce their next on-farm event will be at Kindling Farm on Saturday 4th May from 12-4pm.

Kindling Farm was established in February 2023, after running a successful community shares campaign which raised over £1m from nearly 800 investors across the country (and world!) After their first year preparing the ground both physically and metaphorically, they are now at the point of planting out the 2,000 fruit and nut trees that will make up their agroforestry system.

Tickets for the event are available here.

We’ve got some funky zines which open out and turn into a poster! They’re designed to help spread the word about WWOOF UK. If you’re going to an event maybe you’d like to take some zines along? They might be seen by people who’ve never heard of WWOOF and, thanks to you, they’ll discover options in life they never knew existed!!!

Just email us with the name and size of the event and an address where we can post the zines: info@wwoof.org.uk

Is there a noticeboard, allotment group board, local food café or other public space where you might be able to display one of our zine/posters?

We can send you a digital copy of the poster and/or zine by email for you to print and put up. Just send us an email to: info@wwoof.org.uk and we’ll send you the files. Many thanks.

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