Henbant Permaculture is looking for a 2022 season Market Gardener

Type of job: 
full time
Closing date for applications: 
Friday, 31 December, 2021
About the Job: 

Henbant Permaculture is looking for a 2022 season market gardener Henbant is a beautiful, small, permaculture inspired and holistically managed farm between the mountains and the sea in North West Wales. We believe it is possible to work with nature and create a whole farm ecosystem that produces veg, meat, eggs, milk and fruit in a way that feeds our local community and produces a profit financially, ecologically and socially… all whilst we enjoy it. If we can prove this works then so can others and we can make the world a significantly better place. As part of this mix we have a 60 share no-dig market garden which next year will be in its third year. It’s proven it can grow food and we have a proven customer base but we need a new lead grower for this coming season. The idea is that you run the enterprise, you wake up at 4 am wondering why the beetroot haven’t got any bigger, but we are there to hold your hand as well and help you to navigate not just being a grower but also a manager. You would be responsible for planning, growing, nurturing, harvesting and distributing. We have a brilliant team of interns and volunteers (and us) who will be able to help you. The garden is about 1600m2 of intensely managed growing space, including some protected area for tomatoes/cucumbers etc and it is managed in a no-dig way with as much focus going into soil ecology as the plants themselves. It’s all done on fixed 75cm beds with woodchip paths and lots of sexy compost teas. It is a very Richard Perkins inspired system. You would have to be excited about working with this system. The farm also has some great other regenerative farming systems from our pastured laying hens, woodland reared pigs, a small beef heard and a dairy herd producing for our own consumption. All divided up with some really exciting agroforestry systems. We are trying to create a whole biodiverse, soil building, edible landscape. In 2022 we will be opening a small permaculture café and teaching space and will run a ambitious range of courses covering a range of tools for a more beautiful world, this will Soil Ecology with Niels Corfield, to Holistic Decision making, a short course in resilient homesteading, no-dig market gardening, mental resilience for farmers and most excitingly we will in August be hosting Richard Perkins for his amazing Farm Scale Permaculture Design Course. We would love you to be happy in contributing to this range of courses. Details: You would commit to spending the whole growing season with us ideally starting in February. We can provide on farm accommodation and food and a salary that reflects this but with which you will be able to save significantly whilst on farm. You will have to be a capable grower with good alpha attention and a passion for small scale regenerative growing. We are quite a busy community space, though you do have your own space and the ability to avoid this we do eat most meals together five days a week and you have to be able to live within and be able to contribute to the community. We would be very happy to consider couples and young families. You will learn more by reading the details below and we are happy to answer questions on [email protected]. Please apply by telling us about yourself, why you think you would be good in the role and what you would aim to gain from it to the same email address. Other voluntary, intern or kickstart roles at Henbant We are also always interested in people who want to volunteer or intern with us: At the moment we have a particular need for people who want to learn to build or plant trees. Fancy growing organic no-dig veg for the local community? Building a beautiful classroom and café to teach permaculture or a timber framed barn for a cow-calf dairy? Teaching regenerative agriculture and living skills? Holding a space for others to come and experience these systems? Developing some of the UK’s most interesting agroforestry and food forest systems? Or running our animals, a pastured hen laying flock, a small calf at foot dairy and a small beef herd? Managing direct sales of all this to our local community.. The farm can look like chaos, yet we are quite a planned out, ambitious, busy and professional environment. If we are to prove that there is a way of farming with nature in a way that can out compete current conventional models then we need to be switched on and hard working. We are thus offering kickstart and volunteer based positions. Our voluntary roles are in high demand you also have to prove that you are on a dedicated path but want to learn more, gain hands on experience and are willing to work hard. We all get involved in every enterprise, and ultimately all our roles are to work to make the farms context more true and keep all things running well. No job is not your job. It helps however if we can have clear roles that people take responsibility for, lead with and prefer. Some details for voluntary/kickstart roles at Henbant • You would start as soon as you are available and would have to commit to at least a month, we take most people for six months. We can work the rest out organically. • Your primary role is to always make the farms holistic context more true. • We work hard five days a week, normally 9-5 but we have decent breaks. Some jobs out of those hours (harvest day starts early, chickens need attention at dawn and dusk). About one weekend in four (on a rotation) we will ask you to work the weekend and take days off from the week. • We eat really well on mainly farm produced and organic food that is communally cooked and eaten. • You will live amongst a small community of us all learning, working and building together. You will to have to be a harmonious part of this team. • We have regular learning, training and discussion sessions in permaculture, ecology, small scale regenerative farming. • These are all physically demanding roles. • We need intelligent, self-starting people who will be able to use what they learn here to go forward apply it. • We have zero tolerance on drugs and very low tolerance on grumpiness and negativity. • Accommodation varies but you will have your own private, cosy, space. • This is a life enhancing opportunity for the right person. Matt Swarbrick (who lives at Henbant) is one of the mentors on Richard Perkins new Regenerative Farming Masterclass, a permaculture teacher and a mentor for Welsh Government for farmers wanting to apply permaculture and Regen-Ag to their farms. Whilst here you will have the opportunity to: Plant and propagate trees; Build a barn; Cook organic food for big groups; Grow your own food; Milk a cow; Build your own holistic context; Swim in the sea; Coppice a tree; Kill a chicken; Slate a roof; Drink spring water; Plan and implement a agroforestry system; Sleep in a woodland roundhouse; Make cheese; Learn permaculture; Help run a regenerative enterprise; Live in a community; Meet loads of other really interesting people; Take positive action to living in a more beautiful world. To qualify for kickstart you have to be under 24 and eligible for universal credit. Extra roles may be available for people fitting this space.. To apply please email [email protected] telling us a bit about yourself, what you hope to get from the role and why we should pick you. Extra brownie points if you drive or can speak welsh. Big love to you all, Team @ Henbant

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