Traineeship Opportunity

Seasonal Traineeship Opportunity.

For 2019

Fresh and Green Vegetables is a family run veg box scheme, situated in the beautiful Otter Valley in East Devon; and supplying up to 90 households a week with fresh seasonal produce.

We grow our vegetables, and keep our laying hens using organic principals; but because we only sell locally, we choose not to be certificated to avoid incurring extra admin and expense.

We are looking to take on an apprentice for the 2019 growing season.

From Early April to late October.

Fresh and Green has been in operation for 14 years now, and we feel we could offer an opportunity for an enthusiastic person to learn a lot about the practical day to day realities of running a business such as this.

 From propagation and crop tending, on our 5 acre intensive growing site. Through to harvest and marketing.

A trainee would have ample opportunity  to follow the whole life process of the production, of a wide variety of crops.

We can offer a modern, well equipped private caravan as accommodation. 3 cooked evening meals per week; as much veg and eggs as anyone could eat the rest of the time; plus £50 per week subsistence allowance.

In return we would expect either 4 eight hour days, or 5 six hour days of work.

Obviously, due to the nature of the work, these hours might need to be somewhat variable; but regard would always be given to the mutual respect of boundaries and expectations, in this, and other matters.

For a number of years we have informally hosted WWOOFers.  We also benefit from a loyal band of regular volunteers who come for a few hours each week in return for produce.

This position would suit anyone who wishes to gain real world experience of working in a business which aspires to  operate in as ecological and socially beneficial manner as possible; whilst at the same time recognising that the economic viability of businesses such as this are equally  important. Particularly if small farms such as this are to make a useful contribution to feeding their communities. 

If you would be interested in taking up this opportunity then please do get in touch by email, before the end of December, so we can give further details and if appropriate, arrange an interview.



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Ruth, who is lead grower at fresh and Green will be attending the Oxford Real Farming Conference in early January, and is happy to chat to any prospective trainees there.