Head Grower

South Farm Ltd

Royston, Hertfordshire
£17,000 - £25,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

www.south-farm.co.uk james@south-farm.co.uk 01223207581 James Paxman

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Monday, 15th April 2019  

Head Grower at South Farm

South Farm is a thriving wedding venue on the Cambs / Herts border. Based on a 20 acre old farm site with a beautiful farm house, amazing gardens and lovely listed barns as the primary function rooms. South Farm is one of the country’s leading wedding venues, hosting up to 25,000 guests per year.

South Farm is a fully integrated business, doing all their own catering which is underpinned by the 10-acre organic smallholding (not certified). The smallholding produces about 70% of the fruit and veg used by the kitchen, growing around 150 different varieties in open fields, polytunnels and fruit cages. Additionally, the smallholding has pigs, sheep and chickens.

We are seeking a new Head Grower to help manage and further develop the smallholding.

Salary and Working hours

Full time, permanent, including some weekend duties on rota; variable through the year depending upon the needs of the garden! Salary will be dependent on experience and living arrangements. £17-25K. On-site accommodation is available.

Main Functions of Head Grower

To lead production on the farm, growing quality fruit and vegetables throughout the year using organic methods.

Principal duties and responsibilities with support and training where practical


  • managing your team and participating in all aspects of production, from propagation through to harvest
  • monitoring irrigation, ventilation, pest and disease management and composting
  • planning and implementing development of the site
  • harvesting produce as required by the kitchen
  • maintaining growing spaces and equipment
  • Improve efficiency and growing techniques


  • recording crop sales and yields
  • ordering necessary supplies
  • working with the accounts department to prepare annual smallholding accounts
  • attending relevant meetings and liaising with other departments on a weekly basis
  • reviewing health and safety information e.g. risk assessments and ensuring safe working practices
  • Improve efficiency and growing techniques

Suitable candidates will need fluent English and, in line with the requirements of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK. As part of the recruitment process, you will be asked to provide documented evidence of eligibility.

Please send CV and covering letter to james@south-farm.co.uk or call 01223 207581

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