Trainee Food Grower
Glengall Wharf Garden is looking for part-time trainee food growers for 2020.
A voluntary role, this is a fantastic opportunity to gain practical experience and knowledge of growing vegetables, salad crops, fresh herbs and some soft fruit, in an urban setting.
We are looking for enthusiastic, committed, hands-on people who will help us develop food growing at the garden, in return for learning a wide range of skills.
Trainees will be involved in all aspects of our food-growing project, ‘Grown in Peckham’.
You can expect to learn about:
● Organic veg growing for urban market gardening, with a focus on leafy salad crops.
● Crop planning and selection.
● Soil fertility, crop rotation and composting.
● Cultivation from seed to harvest, including propagation and pest management.
● Harvesting and packaging your produce for transport.
● Coordinating community garden sessions with small groups of volunteers.
We will be harvesting every week, and delivering fresh, flavoursome produce to the local food-bank. In the afternoons, the garden is open for anyone to drop in to help, and this offers our trainees an opportunity to support these volunteers and share their new skills with them.
Our food-growing trainees are encouraged to get involved in other events and projects at the Garden, and there is room to develop new activities and sessions if you have good ideas.
We run a thriving community garden in Peckham, on the edge of Burgess Park.
A Permaculture Association Land Centre, we promote organic growing and maintain much of the garden naturally, using permaculture techniques to develop the hugel mounds, forest garden and other areas. Ponds, bees and chickens complement the project.
A resource for local people, we hold open days, events, courses, social evenings and more with an aim to get everyone involved.
Growing food is at the heart of what we do and we hope to grow more produce, more varieties and have more food to share with the local community.
About the Training
In the past, we offered traineeships that ran for 6+ months. This year, we are trying something different – we will be running a series of modules (each lasting 4-6 weeks) throughout the year – so that it’s more flexible, and you don’t need to be able to commit to the entire year.
Training sessions will take place one day per week, from 9.30am-4pm, with a shared (veggie/vegan) lunch halfway through.
Trainees are not paid, but do take some of the harvest home with them every week.
This is a hands-on, practical role, which will involve some physical work in all weathers and quite a bit of getting your hands dirty. The garden is wheelchair-accessible; if you have any other access needs please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss how we can make it work for you.
Most of the learning will be informal and on the job, but you will be issued with a note-book and some work-sheets, and given a Certificate upon completion of a module.
If you are interested, available, and as keen to get growing as we are, please get in touch and apply for a place!
● An interest in and commitment to organic growing.
● Good time management – punctuality and an ability to focus on the task at hand
● Willingness to work well as part of a team, and to support and share skills with other volunteers
● Good communication skills: ability to maintain a positive, approachable attitude, and to talk to people from a variety of different backgrounds
● An adequate level of fitness and a willingness to work outside in all weathers
● Ability to get to the garden by public transport/bike/walking.
● Available on the dates listed
● Knowledge of the local area/community in south east London
● Some experience of gardening or growing veg
How to apply
To apply for a place, please send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, explaining briefly (no more than one page) why you would like to do this, how you meet the recruitment criteria, why you think you would be right for the role, and details of any relevant experience that you have. Please include a contact telephone number that we can reach you at, for a short informal chat.
All successful applicants will be invited to attend an induction session at the Garden on Thursday 12th March. This short module will then run for a further four weeks, ending just before Easter.
12th March – 19th March – 26th March – 3rd April – 10th April
Our first module will run on Thursdays, but we will be running sessions on different days of the week in the future. We will also run some women-only modules in the future.
If you are unable to take part in the first module, but interested in attending the second module ( running for six consecutive Wednesdays in April & May) instead, please send your application in before midnight on Friday 4th April.
22nd April – 29th April – 6th May – 13th May – 20th May – 27th May