Honey Lane: Market Gardener – Volunteer Position

Background: Honey Lane Market Garden is ½ an acre of vegetable growing paradise, with a beautiful mix of fruit trees, garden beds and worm farms, providing amazing organic produce for the CERES Grocery. The Market garden is certified organic by NASAA.

Supervisor: Stephen Ward
Team: Organic Farm.
Area Manager: Meg Stewart
Group Manger: Melissa Lawson

Objectives: To grow certified organic produce in an urban environment, that is then distributed locally. To be a demonstration organic market garden to students, volunteers
and the wider community.

Specific Tasks and Duties:

  • Soil Preparation
  • Planting
  • Watering
  • Weeding and pest control
  • Harvesting
  • General maintenance within the Honey Lane Farm area

Benefits:

  • Work outdoors and learn about the wonderful world of vegetable growing
  • Learn a wide repertoire of weather based conversation starters
  • Learn a range of organic gardening skills
  • Contribute to providing local organic produce for homes throughout the local community.

Training: Induction & ongoing training will be provided on-the-job

Times / Days: 10am to 3.30pm Thursdays. There is no volunteer program on public holidays.

Commitment required:

  • We ask that volunteers commit to a full day (from 10am-3.30 pm) for a minimum of one day per week for two months.
  • We ask that volunteers who cannot attend their nominated shift let us know by phone or email in advance so that we can plan accordingly.
  • Should you wish to discontinue your volunteer role with us we ask that you notify us by email.

Skills/experience/ personal qualities required:

  • An enthusiastic passion for being part of the CERES local food system and a willingness to help feed our local community!
  • A genuine interest and commitment to organic gardening.
    Moderate Fitness. You will need a reasonable level of physical health and mobility suited to undertaking moderately vigorous physical work including bending, using a wheel-barrow and lifting moderate weights.
  • A willingness to learn more about organic gardening and the standards needed for saleable produce.
  • Reliability. It is important that you turn up for your shift and communicate (as agreed with the work supervisor) if you can’t make it.
  • A commitment to safety and to employ safe working practices as guided by your supervisor is mandatory.
  • Ability to understand and carry out verbal instructions
  • Be able to work both independently and as a part of a team
  • Positive attitude and good work ethic
  • Be respectful, polite and courteous to fellow volunteers

You need to provide:

  • Suitable, weather appropriate clothing for working outdoors including hat or raincoat.
  • Solid, enclosed-toe work boots are an OH&S requirement
  • Drink bottle

We provide:

  • All tools and materials
  • Protective gloves for garden work, etc
  • Sunscreen when needed
  • Drinking water

Probation Period:

  • This position commences with a three month probationary period.