Propagation Volunteering 2020-01-22T10:17:10+00:00

CERES Propagation Volunteer Position Description

We only offer volunteer spaces on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Background:
CERES propagation sits within the Honey Lane Farm. It works to provide our retail nursery and market gardens with healthy, pesticide free, certified organic, plants and seedlings. CERES Propagation staff are supported by a dedicated team of volunteers. Together we propagate and grow a wide range of vegetables, herbs, rare edible plants. All of our plants and seedlings are certified organic by NASAA.

Objectives:

  • Work with supervisors and fellow volunteers to produce quality, organic seedlings, herbs and other plants to sell in the CERES retail nursery and to some external buyers as well as to plant in the CERES market gardens
  • Maintain and improve the propagation area including infrastructure and gardens.

Specific tasks and duties:

  • Propagating by seed, cuttings, division and transplanting
  • Watering, fertilising, weeding and plant detailing
  • Labeling plants for sale
  • Helping to maintain infrastructure and propagation surrounds.

Benefits:

  • Learn how to grow a wide range of edible plants from seed or cuttings
  • Meet and work with a social, friendly team with an opportunity to connect with both the CERES community and like-minded people
  • Working outdoors
  • Access to excess plant stock that we cannot sell to take home and plant in your garden
  • Attend horticultural workshops at CERES as part of ongoing training*
  • Gain horticultural/industry experience
  • Industry placement reference
  • When we have time we’re happy to give free gardening advice.

Training:

  • Induction and training happens on-the-job
  • Full day horticultural workshops are available to long-term* volunteers as professional development at no cost if places are available. These workshops include plant propagation, fruit tree pruning, market gardening, beekeeping, etc
    *volunteers who have been with us for at least three months and have committed to at least one regular shift per week.

Times/Days:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday 10am – 3.30pm.

Commitment required:

  • We ask that volunteers commit to a full day (from 10am-3.30pm) 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 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
  • Good hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills for working with small seeds and seedlings
  • 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
  • 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
  • A commitment to employ safe work practices as guided by your supervisor is mandatory.

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

Supervisors:
Meg Stewart & Kelly Gillespie

Team: CERES Organic Farm