Great Britain: BOSAVERN FARM – COMMUNITY GROWING 1/09/2019 – 1/04/2020

Work

Bosavern Community Farm seeks a volunteer to help support the work of its market garden that provides affordable healthy food for local people. The farm produces a range of vegetable crops that supports the farm’s own shop and supplies affordable veg-boxes to local people. The market garden also acts as a learning hub for local schools and community groups that engage in growing and other activities. In addition the farm hosts a wide range of bee-friendly and biodiversity features that are regularly used by the community. We are looking for a volunteer with an interest in sustainable food growing, bees and nature and wanting to work in small communities. Some of the tasks involved with the Community Shop Volunteer role will include:

  • Organising community growing events with schools and local communities;
  • Supporting day to day growing activities in the garden with other volunteers
  • Learning about local food production and visiting other food growing places;
  • Helping to support bee and pollinator education events;
  • Supporting the promotion of veg-box schemes in West Cornwall;
  • Helping to grow organic food for the farm shop;
  • Involvement in wildlife and nature learning activities. As a community farm they have a high degree of participation in activities by members of the local community. International volunteers will work closely with local volunteers and engage in team activities.

Accomodation and food

The Volunteer will live in the farmhouse, which will be shared with other volunteers from both the local community and others who come to stay for short periods. Rooms could be single or shared with other volunteers. The farmhouse is comfortable with good facilities including wifi, where all food much it grown on the farm is provided. Separate male/female/non-binary single and twin shared rooms are available. Comfortable beds and all bed linen is provided. Bathroom and shower facilities are fully provided for with hot water and full laundry provision available. A fully equipped kitchen is provided, with all meals being prepared communally using as much as possible fresh produce from the farm. High quality nutritious food is always provided and a wide range of all required diets can be catered for.

Location and leisure

Bosavern Community Farm is located in the far south west of Cornwall in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, providing access to stunning heritage countryside and coastlines, vibrant seaside towns such as Penzance and St. Ives and a range of interesting cultural attractions. Good public transport links service the area including regular mainline trains at Penzance Station to and from the rest of the UK, as well as good access to regular national and local bus routes. St. Just is the nearest bus service route approximately 1 kilometre from the Bosavern. The small town of St. Just 1 kilometer from the farm provides local shopping facilities, whilst Penzance 10 kilometres away is a provincial centre for shopping, cinema, library, leisure and other facilities. A doctor’s surgery is located in nearby St. Just where volunteers can temporarily register, with A&E hospital facilities in Penzance and regionally at Truro. Rapid response emergency services are always available 24/7.

Project hosted by

Bosavern Community Farm is situated near St Just at the very western tip of Cornwall near Land’s End. It is a not-for-profit Social Enterprise run on “Wholesome Food Association” principles by a community of employees, members and volunteers. Their vision is to develop a self-financing, community-led, food-growing initiative to benefit the wider community of St Just and West Penwith in an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable way. The objectives of the Farm are:

  • To produce and sell local food;
  • To provide community access to land and its produce;
  • To provide opportunities for the local community to come together and learn about growing food, agriculture and sustainable living;
  • To provide a space for events, workshops, training, social time and celebration. Currently they grow and deliver fresh, local vegetables and eggs to the local community through their veg boxes, farm shop, local farmers’ markets and to local businesses and schools. They have 6 polytunnels, a fruit cage, several bee hives and a number of outbuildings including the Hive, their education space. In addition Bosavern Community Farm provides an environment for education, workshops, events and for the community to cultivate skills and join together to celebrate the produce and the seasons. Bosavern Community Farm believes in shared values where supporting people and communities are a focus everything they do. They very much welcome volunteers who want to contribute to their vision of promoting sustainable communities

Additional comments

DATES: arrival date will be arranged directly with the volunteer, starting in SEPTEMBER.

FEES: £40 (GBP) – a small contribution to Concordia’s administration fees. If the volunteer needs a VISA to enter the UK, an additional £21 needs to be paid to Concordia to cover the cost of the VISA sponsorship certificate. APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

  • All applicants must send a completed VEF, application form, certificate of good conduct /police check from your home country + two references
  • Skype Interviews: will be arranged individually. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 01/07/19- with the selection and SKYPE interviews carried out in the following days.

PLEASE SEND YOUR APPLICATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

ACCESSIBILITY: Access for people in wheelchairs or using large mobility aids can be difficult in some parts of the farm and accommodation is not currently suitable for users of large mobility aids.
TRAINING: International volunteers will access a range of training opportunities, which will cover basic health and safety, horticultural growing and working upon community projects. MINIMUM 6 MONTHS – HOWEVER THE HOST WELCOMES LONGER STAYS – LET US KNOW IF YOU WANT TO STAY LONGER THAN 6 MONTHS

Requirements

An interest in environmental sustainability is important, where experience of horticulture or growing would be advantageous, as would experience of working within community projects.