Community Food Grower Role

We now have hired a new Community Food Grower

Come and meet Nick!  Wednesdays 11-4pm and Fridays 2-6pm

The Role

Pay: £15/hour This is a freelance role.
Hours: 4 hours on Wednesday and Fridays  (8 hours per week)   

Responsible to: Project Co-ordinators
Location: South Kilburn, London


Granville Community Kitchen is a community led initiative to develop a food hub that would enable the South Kilburn community to access healthy, affordable and sustainable food through a variety of food related activities.
Our Thrive! Grow, Cook & Eat! program is to support people who use food banks, independent food aid providers or are on low incomes to develop healthy food skills. We aim to create opportunities to maximise independence and confidence for people by improving their food literacy, skills in making good food choices and practical skills in growing, cooking and preserving food.
Our main aims for providing food growing sessions at the Granville Community Kitchen community garden and other spaces is to increase sustainable food growing skills for healthy eating, improved nutrition, to gain confidence in the garden and to lead to further training opportunities. Our learners come from a variety of backgrounds and want to learn how to grow some of their own food for themselves and families, and make affordable, simple and nutritious meals.
It is essential that with our theme of Healthy Food Skills , people learn to understand the benefits of simple nutrition, how to shop for good food on a budget, or to make the most of food they have grown themselves or have received as aid from North Paddington Food Bank or other independent food aid providers.
The successful applicant will be a person who wants to make a real difference in improving the
lives of people, have a proven track record of achievement and will enjoy the challenge of building upon our success to-date.
Key Responsibilities
The Community Food Growing Trainer is responsible for:

  1. Ensuring all aspects of Health and Safety are taught, and adhered to and
    continually reinforced.
    2. Planning 42-week drop in sessions around seasonal food growing
  2. Planning a series of focused sessions around basic sustainable food growing skills
    3. Preparing weekly session plans
    4. Encouraging people to develop new skills in the garden
    5. Training methods adapted for people with specific learning needs
    6. Enable people to feel less isolated and enjoy working in a team in collaboration and mutual support.
    7. Designing accessible information to support sessions.
    8. Supporting and training volunteers to ensure they help maximize learner progress.
    9. Ensure everyone is involved in preparation before and tidying up after session
  3. Organising and hosting regular community celebration events in the garden.
  4. To work with Community Cookery Trainer in planning and providing ingredients from the garden
  5. To work with our food growing partners CFGN and Capital Growth to support training.

– To have the flexibility to take part in Granville Community Kitchen events that may not fall into your regular working hours.
– Sessional tutors are expected to arrive 30 minutes before the start of the session to prepare
the room and welcome learners.
– Sessional workers are expected to contribute to the weekly learners individual progress
plan and submit reports to project co-ordinators
– All sessions are to encourage maximum learner participation.

Person Specification


Essential Desirable
A minimum of 2 years successful training experience with people with from a variety of backgrounds.
Experience of working with volunteers (particularly
food growing)
Proven ability to develop a programme from seed to fruition
Skills & Abilities
Good knowledge and practical experience of
Horticulture and food growing, organic gardening – 2
seasons/years minimum
Practical, building skills – fixing and mending things,
woodwork, green woodwork, natural building
Ability to design clear and accessible handouts.
Excellent communications, interpersonal and facilitation skills, with the ability to build and maintain relationships, to enable people and groups to work together, to provide advice in a sensitive manner, to work well with people from a broad range of backgrounds, and to make clear presentations to maximise learning.
You will be organised, motivated, resourceful and skilled in handling small groups doing a variety of tasks and skilled in creating maximum learning opportunities.
Flexible, creative, enthusiastic and methodical approach to work
Ability to encourage learners to be creative and imaginative.
Any horticulture qualifications/ gardening courses/
other relevant training
Pruning and fruit tree knowledge
Other Requirements
A good understanding of and commitment inclusion and equality of opportunity and their implications in this role
Ability to work in co-operation with a diverse staff team and with other organisations
Reliability and commitment.
Awareness and knowledge of Health and Safety

To apply:
Please send your CV and a covering letter detailing how you meet the personal specification and why you want the job and details of two referees to the above address. Referees will only be contacted if the applicant is successful following an interview.

Applications can be sent via email to

or by post to, Granville Community Kitchen, Granville Plus Centre, Carlton Vale, London NW6 5HE

Application Deadline:22 September 2017
Interview date:  29 September 2017
Start: 4 October 2017

If you do not meet all the skills and experience listed in the personal specification, but still feel that you are the right person for this role, or have other skills and experience you think are relevant to the role you are still encouraged to apply.