The Sheriffs on the Land

Since last Autumn we have been really lucky to have the Sheriff family help out once a week. Mostly helping Lizzy with Wednesday harvest. It has been a real pleasure to have them around. Here’s a little blog post from the Sheriffs! Scroll down for pics & text…

We’ve been volunteering at Cae Tan on Wednesday afternoons since September (and plan to do so for a whole year) to learn more about the project and Community Supported Agriculture as well as connect our children (and ourselves) more with vegetables we are eating, the seasonal changes and cycles of growing.

We are now 6 months in and we are there come rain or shine. We’ve learned lots over this time from a variety of tasks, from clearing beds and poly-tunnels, rolling out and rolling up netting to sowing and harvesting the veg. We have harvested 13 different types of vegetables – which has taught us lots about how they grow and when they are ready for harvesting, about the unpredictable successes and failures of organic growing, and also about the land and people.

We have enjoyed watching the kids get stuck into a job (sowing onion sets, searching for ‘ready’ courgettes..) spot something interesting (an extra long worm, a GIANT cabbage…) and I’ll never forget the look on Tansy’s face when she dug up a massive carrot ”all by myself” (with a little bit of help!) And when the weather is wet and wild and their attention span is short, they are still out in nature making their own fun – striking the enemy hedges with dead celeriac stalks, spying on us from their secret den or splashing in the mud.

 

Watch the clips blow to hear what Mack and Tansy have to say about it…and a little joke!

Thank you Lizzie and Tom, we are looking forward to our next 6 months volunteering…..especially as this includes spring and summer!!

The Sheriff Family

 

Job Opportunity – Volunteer Co-ordinator / Grower


Big Meadow CSA

Co-ordinator / Grower 2020
An exciting opportunity for an experienced Volunteer worker/grower to join a new CSA on Gower, South Wales.

Big Meadow CSA is setting up near Llangennith, Gower and are looking to employ a Volunteer worker/grower for the 2020 season. We have been fortunate to secure two acres of organic land, funding and members to begin a Community Supported Agriculture project. In the first year we aim to provide up to 50 households with a share of the weekly harvest, with a view to increase to 90-100 over the coming years – we have access to a further 4 acres if we expand.
Involving the community is a key aspect to this work and underpins the ethos of our work – building community through food. We will run twice weekly volunteer days and educational workshops with local schools, youth and community groups. The post is funded for 32hours a week, £10 p/h May – October, with potential to extend.

As a lead member of the team you will be responsible for leading a group of volunteers in all aspects of vegetable production and harvesting. Working together with our volunteers you ensure production of high-quality crops that meet the needs of our members. Good inter-personal skills will be essential for this role as well as sound knowledge of the day to day tasks involved in growing food and experience with organic growing practices.
This is will be our first year of operation it and is an exciting time for an enthusiastic and experienced volunteer worker/grower to join our team and help shape the CSA – we have a blank canvas to play with!

A driving license and vehicle is necessary, machinery experience would be an advantage.
To apply send your CV and a cover letter saying a little about yourself and why you would like to work with us to bigmeadowcsa@gmail.com. If you would like to ask any questions call Abbi on 0790761730. Deadline 20th March, interviews early April.