Position: SELF-EMPLOYED GROWER
Organisation:Bradford on Avon Community Agriculture (BoACA)
Background: BoACA is currently involved in its second season growing local vegetables, working to organic principles “It has recently received a grant from Local Food, a £57.5 million programme supported by the Big Lottery Fund to enable it to develop its infrastructure and sustainable veg box scheme.. Presently, there are roughly 31/2 acres of outside cropping area (plus polytunnels to be constructed) and some fruit and educational areas. The land is worked using tractors and appropriate machinery As well as using green manures, animal manure is imported from a local farm.
BOACA has a mission statement to provide its community of members with a weekly share of seasonal vegetables produced solely on the farm throughout the whole year. Since the conception of the project the growers have developed an intricate sowing and cropping schedule with the aim of ensuring as much as possible that the quantity of vegetables given each week is balanced throughout the year. This framework has been developed over the last two seasons and the responsibility of the grower is to work within this framework and build on it.
This situation offers an opportunity to a self-employed person, and the role lends itself to sharing the work with an assistant post. The need for up to 40 hrs per week have been identified. these hours are to be negotiated with the two posts.
Responsible to: Management Committee
Responsible for: Volunteers and seasonal workers as appropriate
DUTIES: Crop production
Be responsible for all aspects of care for the land and the growing and harvesting crops, develop the cropping plan and sowing/planting schedule,
Be responsible for effective rotations, composting, fertility building, weed control, pest and disease management and mechanization.
Carry out other work such as infrastructural work and general maintenance.
People 4. Work with involved people and groups ie administrator, work groups and volunteers to support with the harvesting and packing of produce and systems for supplying produce to the share scheme.
Involve, encourage and support involved groups, volunteers, work groups in learning and understanding the aspects of food growing and market gardening.
While the work is essentially self-directed, we expect to know which days will be worked and accept this may vary throughout the year due to the seasonal nature of the work. The work will include include some weekend days so as to arrange/supervise the work rota, work days and events.
Be responsible for seasonal workers (also self employed) and ensure they provide holiday cover.
Share the responsibility of guided farm tours with co-workers.
Governance and Business 9. Uphold the principles and aims of BoACA
To adhere to BoACA’s Health & Safety, Environmental, Child Protection and Equal Opportunities Policies and ensure sites, tools and buildings conform to basic health and safety standards.
Work within a business plan approved by the steering group, and accommodate suggestions when these are feasible and practical.
Generate income by supplying produce appropriate to the needs of the co-operative members vegetable share scheme, and by dealing with surplus crops when appropriate.
Make the site as productive and financially viable as possible and to demonstrate/ train others in market gardening techniques.
Work with the administrator to keep adequate records for working practice, monitor yields, stock control and packaging, assess income generating potential and meet the annual targets for income generation from site produce. Pass on all records required for annual accounts to BoACA administrator.
Organize harvesting and ensure it is, packed and delivered to the sheds for collection at arranged times and liaise with local shops when surplus produce is available for sale.
Attend regular Management Committee and General Meetings, and report on progress, set-backs and strategic plans. Also to seek approval for any changes in working practices.
We are seeking someone with a minimum of two years experience working on an organic farm / small holding. They will have had experience of growing a wide variety of vegetables from seed through to harvest, and been involved to the processes of planning that go along with this.
At the very least we require the grower to have basic experience of driving tractors and handling machinery, although ideally the successful applicant will be fully competent in the operation of tractors and the machinery used on the veg fields.
A confident and friendly approach to working with a wide range of volunteers is essential and experience of working with and managing volunteers would be advantageous. We are looking for someone who is responsible and reliable – this is a key role in small organization and who is committed to the aims of community supported agriculture
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Self Employment: For tax purposes applicants must register or be registered as self-employed with HMRC
Place of Work: 78 Bath Road, Bradford on Avon
Fees: Equivalent to £9 per hour worked, and minimum of £7 per hour for the assistant post. To be paid monthly by cheque, on receipt of an invoice to be presented to BoACA secretary Richard Ross at 78 Bath Road, Bradford on Avon.
Holidays: We expect you to give us reasonable notice for holidays to allow and ensure time for cover arrangements are made.
Availability for Work: Please inform us of any absence, particularly if it will affect an arranged volunteer session.
Website ; Bradford-on-Avon Community Agriculture or www.boaca.co.uk Date for Application deadline How to apply : firstname.lastname@example.org Or by post to : C/O Sally Heselton, Chair 12, Poulton Bradford-on-Avon BA151EA
What to send in, CV with relevant experience and qualifications by 24th March 2012 Interviews dated provisionally for Saturday 31st March 2012, may extend to 14th April due to demand.
(Posted on behalf of Bradford-on-Avon Community Agriculture)
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