Have you ever felt you’d like to learn more about the food and farming movement and make a difference at the same time? If the answer is ‘yes’ then read on.
The Community Farm in Chew Valley, near Bristol, is recruiting for its Management Board. We are a strong and happy board, and each autumn at the Annual General Meeting we elect new members as others stand down. We would welcome experience in human resources and people development, business, retail, finance, farming, wildlife, fundraising and health and safety. We are an equal opportunities organisation and we are keen to increase diversity on the board. Our chair is Consultant in Public Health Dr Angela Raffle; the secretary is lawyer Dave Hunter. The role of a board member is unpaid. We meet monthly out at the farm. Most current board members are also part of smaller groups that take a lead on topics such as wildlife, business, etc.
The farm is a community benefit society created by volunteers, launched in 2011 following a share offer for purchasing essential infrastructure. We are now growing organic produce on a 15 acre leased site with four polytunnels, a yurt classroom, field kitchen and storing/packing warehouse. We sell organic produce, from both our own farm and others, through wholesale and a vegetable box delivery service; employ a staff team of 12 whole time equivalents; have over 400 regular customers; and 500 shareholder members. We have volunteers on the farm every weekday during the growing season and two days a week throughout winter. We run Community Famer Saturday’s, host learning days for schoolchildren, corporate away days, run a Growing Well project for clients of Bristol Drugs Project and are developing our farm wildlife activities. Being an open farm is what makes us special, enabling hundreds of local people every year to experience the organic food and farming movement first-hand.
“Having served on the boards of large companies including BP I thought that The Community Farm board role might be simpler and less challenging. Yet I have found it every bit as broad, complex and illuminating as the role in a large multinational. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the board and learned a great deal. I am bowled over by the energy and commitment of the staff and volunteers who have made the farm what it is. “
Hugh Norton. Board Member
If you think this might be for you, we would love to hear from you! To find out more please contact Angela, Dave or Ped…
The Community Farm, Denny Lane, Chew Magna, Bristol, BS40 8SZ