Volunteer position

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: Rachel Rubenstein, Luci Kelly
Team: Honey Lane Organic Farm.
Manager: 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:
    Chicken duties: egg collection, washing and packing for sale lifting feed sacks, bales of straw cleaning out chicken coops – shovelling and wheelbarrowing
  • Harvesting
  • Planting
  • Weeding and garden maintenance
  • Organic pest control
  • Occasional farm infrastructure projects – basic construction, irrigation, etc
  • Occasional use of power tools – whipper snipper, drill, etc

Benefits:

  • 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 or Fridays 10:00am-3:30pm, Thursdays 9:30-1:00pm. There is no volunteer program on public holidays.

Commitment required:

  • 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
  • Sunscreen
  • Gardening gloves when needed
  • A love of working outdoors

We provide:

  • Hand washing facilities and sanitiser
    All tools and materials
    Drinking water

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