Start of Winter

20161103_111316 20161103_104320 20161103_111249Cor, so -5.7C in the polytunnel last night suggests that my prediction of this winter being harsher is coming true already! The start of November saw some lovely sunny days, with the yarrow flowering (and latest generation of ladybird larvae devouring the late aphids), and nasturtiums still producing tons of flowers and leaves – right until the first prooer frost a fortnight ago. The warmer spell last week kept things going too; although the terrible rain from Storm Angus and then another heavy rain system the following couple of days flooded the fields and tunnels a bit. Fortunately the soil drains pretty well when given a chance, so the frost last night (and again tonight) could have been a lot worse.

20161116_14114620161121_135136We’ve just about picked out the turnips and beetroot (the frosts may have claimed the last few in the fields), and we also managed to dig up a surprising numnber of white and red artichokes, considering they have just been left to their own devices from any remaining roots last year. The last of the carrots have gone now too, and we’ve made a dent in the parsnips; although they can stay in the ground until we want to pick a sack’s worth or two – we’ll wait for more sunny frost-free days for that!

Part-Time Assistant Grower Wanted: 2017

IMG_20160629_093939Part-time assistant grower wanted 2-3 days/week February-November 2017, initially to cover the current head grower’s maternity leave; work will also be available and ongoing after this time.

Wages: £8/hr, & monthly profit share available. Wages paid on a freelance invoice basis.

Hours: 2 days/16 hours+ per week needed in early spring/late autumn, and 3 days/24 hours+ per week needed in spring/summer/early autumn; flexibility available on hours/days.

IMG_20160519_140512Jobs to include: ground preparation, propagation, planting, weed control, harvesting produce, packing produce, delivering produce, light machinery work, occasionally managing other seasonal workers/volunteer days. This is a great chance to experience how all parts of a small market garden business work, with plenty of autonomy and responsibility in the day-to-day running of the business. The current head grower will still be available for guidance and advice whilst on leave; so an ideal opportunity for anyone thinking of starting their own horticultural business in the future.

cropped-2012-08-23_12-46-36_575.jpgApplicants should be highly motivated, reliable, physically fit, enthusiastic about sustainable food production, able to multi-task and hold a full clean driving licence. Some commerical growing experience is preferable. Please send a CV and covering letter to kate.collyns@gmail.com; deadline is Monday 9th January 2017.

Grown Green is an award-winning and expanding market garden business, producing a variety of fresh vegetables, salad and herbs for farm shops, cafés, restaurants and markets in the Bath/Bradford on Avon area. We are currently growing on 3.5 acres land with 4 polytunnels, 2 mini tunnels, a small propagation tunnel, and 2 small fields.

Christmas Fayre 25th November

screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-16-31-44I’m currently keeping morale up durng these gloomy days by looking forward to the Hartley Farm Christmas market, on Saturday 25th November. I’m up for Christmas starting early this year, and am looking forward to the carols, mulled wine and yummy food, keeping me fed & toasty while I share tasters of my lovely spicy salad leaves, and chat about veg to the enthusiastic foodies and allotmenteers who come each year without fail. There may even be snow to complete the day…!