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
- Weeding and pest control
- General maintenance within the Honey Lane Farm area
- 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.
- 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
- All tools and materials
- Protective gloves for garden work, etc
- Sunscreen when needed
- Drinking water
- This position commences with a three month probationary period.