Honey Lane Volunteering 2020-01-22T10:09:52+00:00

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).

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 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.

Commitment required:

  • 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

We provide:

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