Lead Food Grower & Trainee role

We’re hiring – again! We’re looking for a Lead Food Grower.

Rate of pay: £120/day
Dates: May – Nov 2019 (26 weeks delivery plus extra days for set-up/reporting – i.e. 30 weeks in total). The job will take place on ​Thursdays.

We need someone with excellent food growing knowledge and experience to lead crop production at the garden. Last year we raised funds by selling some of our produce to a local cafe, had a ‘pay what you can’ stall at the garden, and donated 20-25 bags of fresh produce to the Peckham Food Bank.

  • This is a part time role for 1 day / 7 hours per week. It is a key role at the garden and we are looking to fund it on a more permanent basis.  1 hour per session will be to cover your admin on/off site.
  • You will lead a regular weekly session for volunteers at GWG; overseeing our food growing programme.
  • You will lead and support up to 4 local trainees who will support you in growing and harvesting produce.
  • You will oversee harvesting and distribution of produce, liaise with local businesses/organisations and organise the team

The application deadline is 10th May. For more information please see the document below.

We are also looking for part time trainee food growers for the 2019 season.

Dates: Every Thursday, May to October.
Time: Training 10am – 1pm and supporting volunteers 2-4pm. Everyone participating is welcome to a shared garden lunch at 1pm.

A voluntary role, this is a fantastic opportunity to gain practical experience and knowledge of growing vegetables on a small scale and nurturing crops from seed to harvest over a full growing season.

This role would suit anyone with an interest in growing food to sell, urban food growing or running growing sessions at other projects.

We are looking for a team of up to 4 enthusiastic, committed, hands-on people who will help us develop food growing at the garden; in return for learning a wide range of skills across the growing season.

We especially want to work with people from our local area, sharing skills that will help them develop their own growing spaces.

Feedback from last years trainees:

“I loved every bit of it! Good balance of practical and theoretical experience. I also enjoyed learning from other trainees and volunteers, a great bunch.”

“I found it to be a supportive environment to learn about growing and making a community food project work.”

“I have gained far more confidence than I had expected. I also gained great connections in the industry/community”.

The deadline to apply is 10th May. For more information please see the document below.

MAY EVENTS

FRIDAY 3RD MAY – CAMPFIRE CLUB: ALASDAIR ROBERTS | AVOCET

Time: 7pm

Campfire Club is back! The Nest Collective will be in the garden for a series of unamplified performances around the campfire this summer. Come down to get up close and personal, and hear the artists’ music in a very intimate way.

Things to note: It can get chilly in the garden at night, so please bring along a jumper/coat. You may also want to bring a picnic blanket or rug to sit on. There will be a cash bar. There aren’t any cash machines near, so please bring some along with you. 

Alasdair Roberts

Scottish singer, guitarist, and musical collaborator Alasdair Roberts is multiple award winning solo artist, a gifted interpreter of traditional songs, a songwriter/composer, and one quarter of critically acclaimed folk outfit The Furrow Collective.

Alasdair is one of a rare breed of musicians whose work has found favour with aficionados of both experimental/avant-garde music and traditional/folk music – as such, he has been the cover star of both Wire Magazine (March 2010) and fRoots Magazine (October 2003 and January/February 2017).

alasdairroberts.com

Avocet

Avocet is a musical trio from Scotland, based in Glasgow. Drawing inspiration from both the psychedelic folk scene alive in Britain during the 1960’s and 70’s, and free form blues, they create their own compositions on harp, guitar, double bass and vocals. Their music has been compared to that of artists like like Nick Drake, Pentangle, and John Martyn.

https://www.mink-records.com/index.php/artists/avocet/?fbclid=IwAR308wozLzJhrD8kdOybbgUcDWOZe5l_wMSG-CvZ9XILTm96dHfgOrOd5C8

For more information visit: https://thenestcollective.co.uk/show-category/campfire-club/

EVERY SUNDAY – BEE GROUP

Time: 12.30pm

The bee group will be meeting weekly! Come join, see the bees and learn something new. Please have your legs covered. We have hoods to borrow.

EVERY SUNDAY – OPEN WORKDAY

Time: 1-4pm

Come and help us maintain the garden – planting, cutting back the wild bits, tidying and repairing the site. Share your skills, learn something new and meet the locals.

EVERY MONDAY – LITTLE GARDENERS 

Time: 10am-1pm

A free, self-led group for parents, carers and their little ones (babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers all welcome) that takes place at the garden every Monday. Come and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the garden. Plant and pick fruit and vegetables and help keep the garden watered and full of life. Explore all the wildlife and spot frogs, fish, creepy crawlies and the beehives.

Things to note: Bring appropriate clothes for outdoor play including waterproofs and wellies if it’s wet or muddy and warm clothes if it’s cold. Bring food for a picnic and a picnic blanket if it’s dry (otherwise there are covered benches). There is plenty of space to park buggies and bikes undercover. Tea and coffee can be provided for parents and carers. Toilet and hand washing facilities on site. The site is a working community garden with tools, building materials, and non-edible plants. We make every effort to keep the site tidy and safe but your child is your responsibility so you must keep a close watch on them.

APRIL EVENTS

SUNDAY 21st APRIL – EASTER EGG HUNT & EGG ROLLING

Time: 2-4pm

As part of our Sunday open workday we’ll be celebrating Easter with an egg hunt at 2pm and egg rolling at 3pm. Bring an egg along and we’ll dye it first!

EVERY SUNDAY – OPEN WORKDAY

Time: 1-4pm

Come and help us maintain the garden – planting, cutting back the wild bits, tidying and repairing the site. Share your skills, learn something new and meet the locals.

EVERY MONDAY – LITTLE GARDENERS 

Time: 10am-1pm

A free, self-led group for parents, carers and their little ones (babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers all welcome) that takes place at the garden every Monday. Come and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the garden. Plant and pick fruit and vegetables and help keep the garden watered and full of life. Explore all the wildlife and spot frogs, fish, creepy crawlies and the beehives.

Things to note: Bring appropriate clothes for outdoor play including waterproofs and wellies if it’s wet or muddy and warm clothes if it’s cold. Bring food for a picnic and a picnic blanket if it’s dry (otherwise there are covered benches). There is plenty of space to park buggies and bikes undercover. Tea and coffee can be provided for parents and carers. Toilet and hand washing facilities on site. The site is a working community garden with tools, building materials, and non-edible plants. We make every effort to keep the site tidy and safe but your child is your responsibility so you must keep a close watch on them.

We’re hiring!

It’s spring and we’re raring to go……

Skilled Sunday gardeners needed.

Our many eager Sunday volunteers who garden with us need friendly, expert gardeners who can help coordinate practical gardening activities, provide skilled guidance and oversee the sessions. Volunteers come from all backgrounds and walks of life, are of all ages and a wide variety of skill level from never having gardened to having lots of experience. It’s a social day, but much needed as our large garden needs regular maintenance, repairs and ongoing development.

Interested? All the information for applying is in the link below. Good luck!

GLENGALL WHARF GARDEN COMMUNITY YURT

Help us raise funds for a fabulous Community Yurt in Glengall Wharf Garden. It will be a meeting, learning and healing space for the whole community.

What we’ll deliver:

  • The cost of a yurt, plinth foundations and a lockable door.
  • The cost of fencing for the neighbouring site.
  • The installation of the yurt and fencing in the garden.
  • Permaculture planting and design for the surrounding area.

Any donation, big or small, would be greatly appreciated. You can find out more – and contribute – here: https://www.spacehive.com/glengallwharfgardencommunityyurt#/.XHwb14HodQs.twitter

The open workday on Sunday 17th March will be dedicated to preparing the site for the yurt. We will be holding a bake sale to raise more funds for the project. Please bring a cake along, there will be lots to share!

MARCH EVENTS

SUNDAY 10TH MARCH – STEERING GROUP

Time: 10.30am-12pm

We’ll be meeting to talk through plans for the year ahead. Do come along to discuss ideas for potential events and find out how you can get involved with Chelsea Fringe, Open Garden Squares Weekend and our summer fundraiser.

SATURDAY 30TH MARCH – COMPOST COURSE 

Time: 10.30am-2pm
Cost: £5 

We’ll cover the basics including:

  • What is compost and what are the benefits?
  • Soil and soil life including the soil food web.
  • Soil management and alternative composting ‘in situ’.
  • Different ways of composting including bokashi and wormeries.
  • Troubleshooting.

At the end of the day you’ll have a good grasp of the topic and have the skills to compost wherever you are. You can find more information here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/composting-for-urban-gardeners-tickets-57378186701?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button

EVERY SUNDAY – OPEN WORKDAY

Time: 12-3pm

Come and help us maintain the garden – planting, cutting back the wild bits, tidying and repairing the site ready for spring. 

EVERY MONDAY – LITTLE GARDENERS 

Time: 10am-1pm

A free, self-led group for parents, carers and their little ones (babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers all welcome) that takes place at the garden every Monday. Come and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the garden. Plant and pick fruit and vegetables and help keep the garden watered and full of life. Explore all the wildlife and spot frogs, fish, creepy crawlies and the beehives.

Things to note: Bring appropriate clothes for outdoor play including waterproofs and wellies if it’s wet or muddy and warm clothes if it’s cold. Bring food for a picnic and a picnic blanket if it’s dry (otherwise there are covered benches). There is plenty of space to park buggies and bikes undercover. Tea and coffee can be provided for parents and carers. Toilet and hand washing facilities on site. The site is a working community garden with tools, building materials, and non-edible plants. We make every effort to keep the site tidy and safe but your child is your responsibility so you must keep a close watch on them.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

We need gardeners, plant lovers, permaculturists, finance specialists, strategists, carpenters, DIY’ers and creative souls to help run our garden. Please get in touch by emailing burgessfoodproject@gmail.com or come to our meeting on Sunday (see below for details).

FEBRUARY EVENTS 

SUNDAY 10TH FEBRUARY – GARDEN MEETING 

Time: 11am-12.30pm

We’ll be meeting to discuss plans for the garden this year and we’d love for you to come! The meeting is open to all. Come share your enthusiasm, ideas and skills and help us to develop new and exciting ways of working. 

SUNDAY 17TH & 24TH FEBRUARY – OPEN WORKDAY

Time: 12-3pm

We will be resuming our Sunday open workday. We are in great need of volunteers, of all abilities, to help us maintain the garden – cutting back the wild bits and tidying and repairing the site. 

MONDAY 11TH, 18TH & 25TH FEBRUARY – LITTLE GARDENERS

Time: 10am-1pm

A free, self-led group for parents, carers and their little ones (babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers all welcome) that takes place at the garden every Monday. Come and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the garden. Plant and pick fruit and vegetables and help keep the garden watered and full of life. Explore all the wildlife and spot frogs, fish, creepy crawlies and the beehives.

Things to note: Bring appropriate clothes for outdoor play including waterproofs and wellies if it’s wet or muddy and warm clothes if it’s cold. Bring food for a picnic and a picnic blanket if it’s dry (otherwise there are covered benches). There is plenty of space to park buggies and bikes undercover. Tea and coffee can be provided for parents and carers. Toilet and hand washing facilities on site. The site is a working community garden with tools, building materials, and non-edible plants. We make every effort to keep the site tidy and safe but your child is your responsibility so you must keep a close watch on them.

JANUARY EVENTS

FRIDAY 25TH JANUARY – STORYTELLING AROUND THE FIRE

Time: 7pm
Price: £5 – pay cash on the night
Book: In advance by email to vanessa@londondreamtime.com
Website: https://www.londondreamtime.com/event/secret-garden-storytelling-around-the-fire/

Storytelling for adults with Vanessa and music by George. Join us for music, starlight and an ancient shapeshifting story told around the fire in a magical secret garden.

Things to note: Dress VERY warmly. Mulled cider and hot drinks will be available (be warned it’s a cash bar and there no cash machines nearby).

SUNDAY 27TH JANUARY – BIG GARDEN BIRD WATCH

Time: 11.30am-12.20pm

A free, all ages, annual event to check on the local bird population. No special knowledge needed; just come along and learn.

The bird count and species will be reported to RSPB (Royal Society for Protection of Birds). The count lasts one hour and takes place over one weekend in January across the country. You’ll receive a free bird ID sheet and there will be bird books, binoculars, hot drinks and cake!

The image below is a parent/child collaboration from one of our Little Gardeners.

MONDAY 28TH JANUARY – LITTLE GARDENERS

Time: 10am-1pm

A free, self-led group for parents, carers and their little ones (babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers all welcome) that takes place at the garden every Monday. Come and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the garden. Plant and pick fruit and vegetables and help keep the garden watered and full of life. Explore all the wildlife and spot frogs, fish, creepy crawlies and the beehives.

Things to note: Bring appropriate clothes for outdoor play including waterproofs and wellies if it’s wet or muddy and warm clothes if it’s cold. Bring food for a picnic and a picnic blanket if it’s dry (otherwise there are covered benches). There is plenty of space to park buggies and bikes undercover. Tea and coffee can be provided for parents and carers. Toilet and hand washing facilities on site. The site is a working community garden with tools, building materials, and non-edible plants. We make every effort to keep the site tidy and safe but your child is your responsibility so you must keep a close watch on them.