Honey Lane Volunteer
Honey Lane Farm is a half acre of vegetable growing paradise, with a mix of fruit trees, garden beds, and a flock of 200 hens. The farm provides amazing organic produce and eggs for the CERES Grocery and the Merri Table cafe.
Rachel, our urban farmer is a market gardener with 5 years’ experience growing organic vegetables commercially, and she is passionate about sharing those skills and inspiring people to pursue farming as a career.
Supervisor: Lucille Kelly
Team: Honey Lane Organic Farm.
Manager: Rachel Rubenstein & Meg Stewart
Director: Melissa Lawson
Objectives: To grow organic fruit and vegetables to support other CERES enterprises. To maintain a healthy flock of laying hens.
- Specific Tasks and Duties:
- Weeding and garden maintenance
- Organic pest control
- Occasional farm infrastructure projects – basic construction, irrigation, etc
- Occasional use of power tools – whipper snipper, drill, etc
- Occasional chicken duties – egg collection, washing and packing for sale, lifting feed sacks, bales of straw cleaning out chicken coops; shovelling and wheelbarrowing
- Work outdoors and learn about the wonderful world of vegetable growing
- Learn professional level market gardening skills – also very relevant for home gardeners
- Help support CERES enterprises the Merri Table and CERES Grocery by providing them with super local, super fresh, organic produce
- Taste test delicious organic produce as you work!
Training: Induction & ongoing training will be provided on-the-job
Times / Days: Tuesdays 10am-3.30pm, Fridays 9am-1pm. There is no volunteer program on public holidays.
- We ask that volunteers commit to a full shift for a minimum of one day per week for a minimum of three 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
- 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
- Gardening gloves when needed
- A love of working outdoors
- Hand washing facilities and sanitiser
All tools and materials
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