Honey Lane Farm – Volunteer Position
Background: Honey Lane is a half an acre of vegetable growing paradise, with a beautiful mix of fruit trees, market garden beds, and a flock of 150 laying hens, providing amazing organic produce and eggs for the CERES Grocery and the Merri Cafe. The Market garden is certified organic by NASAA.
Supervisor: Rachel Rubenstein
Team: Organic Farm
Area Manager: Meg Stewart
Group Manger: Melissa Lawson
Objectives: To grow certified organic produce in an urban environment, which is sold on site to the CERES grocery and to The Merri Table café. To be a demonstration organic market garden to students, volunteers, and the wider community. This volunteering opportunity would be beneficial for anyone interested in gaining skills for vegetable production on a home and small commercial scale, especially those who are curious about or interested in organic farming as a career.
Specific Tasks and Duties:
- Planting, weeding, and soil preparation using organic methods.
- Harvesting and preparing crops for sale through the Grocery and The Merri Cafe.
- Watering and irrigation installation and maintenance.
- General maintenance within the Honey Lane Farm area.
- Chicken care – egg collection and cleaning, feeding, watering and coop cleaning.
- Occasional farm infrastructure projects and use of power tools.
- Delivering produce around the site by wheelbarrow (pretty cute).
- 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 Café 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: Thursdays and/or Fridays 10:00am-3:30pm. 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 four 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