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Grower (part-time) 

Community Harvest Whetstone is a small community supported agriculture (CSA) scheme on the outskirts of Leicester, founded in 2009.We supply a weekly veg share throughout the year to a membership of up to 50 households. 

We are looking for a part-time, self-employed grower to join our growing team. They would be responsible for following a growing plan in a timely way to ensure the weekly share is varied and has as even a quantity of produce through the seasons as possible. You will be expected to be directed by a co-ordinator.

In both field and polytunnel cultures, the growers are responsible for following a growing plan, including sowing (modules and direct drilling) and propagation, transplanting, crop rotation, composting, fertility building, weed control, irrigation , harvesting, crop storage, and pest and disease management , with an experienced grower responsible for cropping plans and available for advice and trouble shooting. Most of the work is done with hand tools. Tractor and rotavator are available, though a committee member is willing to operate these given fair notice.

Previous growing experience is essential, but you will be following a growing plan. The job is physically demanding so stamina and strength are required. There are many days where the work may need to be done alone, so motivation is vital for this physical job where much of the work is outdoors in all weathers. A commitment to sustainable agriculture and the ethos of community supported agriculture is crucial.

To work as an effective team, good communication and responsiveness are important. Must be reliable and able to commit to working for us until end October, as a minimum. Driving licence and access to a vehicle are useful but not essential. 

This is a self-employed position; hours flexible - between 11 and 22 hours per week, with an additional 15 hours per week available on a temporary basis to cover sick leave. It is available for one person or a job share. The rate of pay is £12 per hour.

For more information contact Keith Campbell, Treasurer,, telephone: 07543 466903.