Below is a list of candidates currently seeking work placements/vacancies:
Job opportunity in Black Mountains, South Wales
Job opportunity in Black Mountains, South Wales for a couple to manage a Retreat Centre, with an organic
We are seeking a creative, adventurous and hard working couple to live in, develop and run a successful, ecologically friendly and relatively selfsufficient retreat centre and 19-acre farm in the Black Mountains of Wales. The farm is owned by Patrick Holford, a nutrition expert, and Gaby, who currently handles all bookings.
The property is a 19-acre farm, Fforest Barn Retreat, Forest Coalpit NP7 7LL in the Black Mountains of Wales, within the National Park near Abergavenny with stunning views, walks in each direction and a small lake. There is a 17th century farmhouse, two conjoined barns which is the main retreat space area, a cabin (where the owners live part time) an ecopod, two gyspy caravans, two huts, a treehouse and safari tent in the summer (see holfordnaturalholidays.com).
The property is largely booked out for the whole of 2024 with weekend retreats or holiday lets and is in demand.
The farmhouse is to be extended to provide three further bedrooms for retreats and garden volunteers; with the option with of some self-contained ‘air b&b’ type lets. And an outhouse providing a laundry is currently under construction.
A large agri-shed is also potentially convertible into a second studio/teaching space and for growing mushrooms. This, ultimately, provides additional facility for retreats. (The owners, who live in the cabin, also have a 3/4 bedroom house on the carless island of Lamu, Kenya, which is holiday let which could be part of the managed properties.)
The overall intention is to create and support an ecologically rich environment for people to attend on third-party retreats (and some holiday lets), selling as much organic food grown on the farm as possible, and providing an opportunity for visitors to ‘connect’ with nature, themselves. There are sheep (managed by local farmer), alpacas and the intention is to have chickens for eggs and Indian runner ducks.
The goal is to find a couple to take on the management of the buildings and their turnaround for retreats, land, animals and food growing. Accommodation is provided in the farmhouse as part of the package with a reasonable wage and potential for profit share as the business and opportunities develop. The farmhouse provides a private bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen for the couple.
The challenge is how to do this initially covering costs, with the intention to generate additional profitable income, and providing a reasonable living for those involved both in the short term and the future. We are therefore looking for a self-motivated couple with both the necessary skills and initiative, looking to a long-term position. In the immediate short-term the business is not sufficiently scaled, efficient and profitable to provide a full-time position for two people.
The ‘perfect couple’ is best described by listing the functions that need to be covered:
Person 1 (full-time) – Has experience growing fruit and vegetables (and potentially mushrooms and cut flowers), a passion for organic/zero-dig/regenerative farming methods. Is in charge of planning the successional growing to maximise in demand produce. Communicates well with the retreats leader customers so everyone knows what’s available at what cost ahead of the retreat in order to maximise sales. Explore add on products and routes for sales.
Multi-skilled for ‘maintenance’ to ensure retreat property is fully functional, well maintained, attending to repairs, and the setting up and closing down of the summer glamping tents and field.
• Getting involved in building and development projects. Some building and DIY experience is important. (Has access to contractors.)
• In the near future these include developing the agri-shed; the farmhouse conversion; the lake for a natural water pool; and a solar project.
• Managing and maintaining the land – lawns, hedges and fences.
• Organising volunteers to help in the busy seasons and for specific projects such as hedge and tree planting, vegetable garden expansion etc.
• Looking after the alpacas and setting up the chickens to provide eggs as part of the home-grown produce. Possibly Indian runner ducks for eating slugs.
Person 2 (part-time) – focussed on guest and housekeepers (cleaning/laundry) liaison, working with Gaby who currently deals with all bookings.
• Responsible for the overall standard of the retreat centre and all glamping units, ensuring kitchen facilities are in order, the standard of cleanliness is maintained, and systems set up for reporting and replacing breakages and repair.
• Oversee the house-keeper and laundry duties using check list at the end of each change over.
• Responsible for the bedroom list for each retreat for the cleaners.
• Greeting new guests/retreat leaders, delivering produce.
• Clear communication with guests if they need help during retreats.
• Showing the space to prospect retreat leaders.
The need, at this point is part-time with potential to be more full time as the business expands, with the option of becoming involved in the marketing for bookings and the inclusion of the property in Lamu, Kenya.
Other possibilities are running b&b accommodation in the farmhouse house extension when not in use for retreats or garden volunteers; offering therapy treatments (if so qualified) or developing this option for retreats; getting involved with the home-grown produce flowers and sales; and PA support for the owner.
The owners (Patrick & Gaby) currently take charge of all retreat bookings (Gaby) and oversee the internal (Gaby) and external maintenance and building development (Patrick) adding on an extra room and laundry and an extension to the farmhouse to create selfcontained three rooms with a shared bathroom.
To apply please send your CVs to email@example.com . You’ll be sent more details inc terms and, if applicable, arrange an initial interview and a time to visit Fforest Barn Retreat, Forest Coalpit, near Abergavenny NP7 7LL, approx 2.5 hours from London or Manchester by car or train.
EDDIE HUDSON - MASTERS SURVEY
My name is Eddie Hudson and I am currently studying Agriculture with Farm Business Management. As part of my degree I am undertaking an Honours Research Project which I have chosen to do on the subject of Regenerative Farming. The aim of this research project is to understand and investigate the decision-making process of implementing regenerative farming practices within the UK, specifically how certain decisions during consideration of implementation itself have changed management processes in the farm business including incentives, implications, and methods.
This survey is aimed at farmers, farm mangers, farm workers, farm advisors, directors, business partners or spouses that are associated with a farm business that has implemented, is currently considering, or has considered implementing regenerative farming practices. Now that spring has sprung and we are finally having some sun in-between the showers I understand many of you will be eager to be getting out and about with some fieldwork, so I would be greatly appreciative if you could take ten-minutes to complete my survey, you contribution will help me massively towards my research project. Your participation would be entirely voluntary, and your confidentiality will be maintained throughout the study, further information of consent and privacy is on the initial survey page.
Here is the link to navigate directly to the survey in question.
Thank you for considering my request, I look forward to seeing the responses I receive.
If you have any further questions about the study, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by Phone at 07480 830611.
Livestock Share Farming Opportunity - Kent
Livestock Share Farming Opportunity - Andrew Lingham (BASE-UK member) has asked me to draw your attention to a livestock share farming opportunity in Kent. “A long term livestock and arable regenerative farmer in North Kent is seeking a livestock based farmer who can continue to supply Pasture for Life beef and sheep to the farm shop and develop markets locally. It is a career opportunity to build both an asset base with the share farmed livestock, take on arable tasks and help with other diversified business on the farm. There is a 2 bedroom oast house conversion available as part of the overall package”.
If this is of interest please contact Laurance Gould at email@example.com with a letter, CV and contact details. Please share this with anyone you know might be interested.
Tractor Driver/Stock Person - Oxfordshire
A J Matthews and son, Common Farm, Uffington, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 7SQ
We currently have an opening for a skilled and experienced tractor / spray operator / stock person in Oxfordshire. We are looking for a new member to join our team on a mixed dairy and arable farm. We are milking just over 200 cows with 150 young stock. We farm around 850 acres which is half arable and half forage based.
The successful applicant will be helping TMR feeding and bedding the livestock during the winter months. On the arable side there are spraying, drilling, fertilising and some cultivation work for wheat, barley, OSR, beans, triticale and arable whole crop. We are working towards a regenerative system using bio-stimulants, reduced tillage, cover crops with planting using either a 3-meter Sumo DTS or a 6-meter Sky Easidrill. Knowledge of Green Star guidance would be useful. Applicants should be happy to work as part of team
and capable of working on their own initiative without supervision. Good workshop skills would be useful.
The applicant should have PA1 and PA2 and telehandler certificates as a minimum. A full driving licence is also a requirement. The applicant must be prepared to work long seasonal hours, weekend work and Bank Holiday cover as needed.
There is a three-bedroom house available for the correct applicant which is situated on the farm a short distance from the main yard. We have a workplace pension scheme in place administered by Nest Pensions.
The village has a shop, pub, museum and a busy village hall. There is also a village cricket and football club.
Please ensure that all referees contact details are correct and that they are expecting to confirm your experiences. Please do not apply unless you can speak good English and you have the qualifications required.
Please apply by sending you CV or a covering letter detailing your experience to firstname.lastname@example.org Please mark for the attention of Tom Matthews.
Regenerative Farming Job Opportunity - Cambs
Pearson Gape Farming Partnership – PGFP is a 470Ha family farming business in Caxton, Cambridgeshire. Over the last seven years the farm has undergone a transition to a nature-friendly, regenerative farming system incorporating techniques including direct drilling, cover crops and agricultural technologies to improve the farm’s soil. As part of the farm’s development, it is also heavily involved within the local farm cluster. With ambitious goals to further develop the farm and its soil and natural capital, we are seeking a member of staff to help with the day-to-day running of the farm.
The successful applicant will be practically involved in all aspects of crop production, as well as having ample opportunity to develop, train and be involved within other areas of the business. Involvement in assisting with farm cluster activities and farming research projects may also be required, along with environment and nature-based activities as the farm moves into new stewardship schemes. Key roles include:
- Drilling with John Deere 750A and Weaving Sabre Tine
- Spraying with 24m SAM (to be updated in September 2023)
- Fertiliser application using Bogballe M35W
- Mole draining and subsoiling, where appropriate
- Operation of Case Axial Flow 9250 with MacDon header
- Grain store management
- Loading of lorries and other telehandler work
- Hedge cutting
- Hedge, tree planting and environmental/woodland work
- Corn carting, and any other aspect of normal farm work, within reason
Applicants will ideally be qualified with PA1, PA2 and PA4, although training can be provided for the right person. Further to this, applicants should demonstrate:
- Passion for farming, and interest in regenerative practices and the environment
- A safety-first work ethic, conscious of their safety and those around them
- Experience with modern arable farming and the operation of large machinery
- An eye for detail and pride in their work
- A pragmatic approach and confidence to put forward ideas and solutions
- An understanding of agricultural technology, and willingness to learn more
- Good mechanical knowledge and the ability to keep machinery clean and maintained
- A flexible approach to work, understanding the seasonality of the role offered
- The ability to work from their own initiative and alone, as well as alongside others and as part of a team
In exchange, we offer a flexible and friendly working environment, along with:
- A competitive salary
- Accommodation in a sought-after area within catchment of excellent schools
- A vehicle for travel to and from work, and between farm sites
- Training and development, catered to both business needs and individual interests
To discuss the position further, please call/text/WhatsApp Rhys Jones on 07502251897. Formal application by CV and brief covering note to email@example.com
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. Closing Date 28th February.
Seeking Share Farming/Joint Venture - West Suffolk
Ben Martin - I am currently looking at various career options going forward. I have enjoyed some very welcome time off over Christmas and have thoroughly enjoyed chatting with lots of interesting people. I wanted to make BASE-UK members aware that I am still actively looking for more options going forward. Conservation Agriculture is me, it is what makes me tick and I think I can help / work with others on the same wave length as myself.
My article in the Direct Driller magazine goes into a bit more detail about me, my experience and future thoughts. https://directdriller.com/farmer-focus-ben-martin/
I would love to hear from anyone who thinks there maybe a chance for some joined up thinking between us, I am very open minded about how we can approach things. From strategic support, to share farming and joint venture type approaches. I have managed a complex business on 1300ha of veg, roots and cereals for the past 7yrs, prior to that I had my own arable FBT. I have reared rare breed woodland pigs, have run sheep on cover crops within an arable rotation and established alternative on farm businesses.
Location wise, I am based in West Suffolk with my little family and dogs but would be happy to discuss outside this area.
Email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone is 07784 712794
Farm Manager Seeking Regenerative Role
An innovative and highly practical farm manager seeks a long-term position focusing on cleaner food, fibre and energy production while enhancing soil and natural capital.
Northwest Norfolk preferred.
Please email email@example.com for more details.
To become part of a progressive and reputed organization, to become associated with people having inspirational foresight and to work in a competitive environment that offers excellent growth prospects where I can utilize my technical and interpersonal skills to enhance productivity of organization.
A competent Biotechnologist having excellent communication, organization and co-ordination skills.
Masters (Biotechnology) - 2019
COMSATS University Islamabad, Abbottabad campus
BS (Biotechnology) - 2017
COMSATS University Islamabad, Abbottabad campus
FSc. (Pre-medical) - 2011
Al Imtiaz Academy, Abbottabad
Matriculation - 2009
FAZAIA Degree College MRF, PAC Kamra
- Study of Genetic Diversity in Apricot Fruits Through SSR and RAPD Markers
- To study the genetic diversity in different apricot genotypes grown in Gilgit-Baltistan areas of Pakistan using SSR and RAPD markers.
- To compare the genetic diversity in 12 different genotypes.
- Characterization of OSCA Gene Family in Tomato
- To identify OSCA genes in Tomato’s genome.
- To investigate the organ-specific expression of OSCA
Microbial techniques- Spreading, Pouring, Streaking, Gram’s Staining,
Biochemical reactions etc.
Molecular Biology and recombinant DNA technology- DNA isolation, Restriction
Digestion, PCR, Cloning, Transformation, Agarose Gel Electrophoresis, western
Plant tissue culture- Anther culture, embryo culture, callus culture.
- Gel Doc, PCR machine
- pH meter, UV spectrophotometer
- Incubators, Autoclave, Microscope
- Laminar flow hood
- Hydroponic system
- Working as an event manager (quiz and essay writing) at Comsats Literary Society.
- Working as an event manager at Funkada Society Comsats Abbottabad.
Quentin Guillot - Request for Apprenticeship
From : Quentin Guillot - firstname.lastname@example.org✉ 07926690808 ☎
Five years ago, I decided to move to Scotland with no English, an accommodation for a month and a bag full of dreams. Throughout this time, I have achieved many goals, both on personal and professional levels. Today, I am writing this letter to pursue my lifelong goal to work in farming. I would like to settle myself in a countryside of your gorgeous country and be a part of sustainable food production.
Firstly, I would like to highlight few important milestones I have accomplished so far. One of the biggest challenges I have come across since moving countries is to learn a new language. Although it as difficult at first, I am now confident in my communication and interpersonal skills. I achieved the level of English I have today by studying and attending courses, as well as by working for Aberdeen Music Collectibles Ltd, a company that manages various music venues and shops around Aberdeen. I have covered many roles in this job, starting as a cleaner and then becoming a handyman. My duties included plumbing repairs, wooden constructions, floor installations and other painting jobs. In just few years, I have been given the opportunity to manage one of the venues. My responsibilities included making sure that health safety was in place, managing the staff and the venue’s calendar, making big orders, and managing the sound system just to name a few. During this time, I was able to challenge myself and learn the craft on the spot, proving that I am a fast learner and a dedicated worker.
One of the main reasons I have worked in music venues and shops, was to familiarise myself with the city I moved to, meet new people, and improve my language skills. After working there for a few years, I have moved to look for experience working on farms. Indeed, I had the chance to work on 3 different farms for a year. During this time, I have learned to bring livestock in and out of the fields, to identify signs of illness, and to dose animals when required. I have worked during a spring lambing season, where over 400 lambs came to this world. I have also had the opportunity to learn how to build and fix fences. After 3 months, I was able to work in a complete autonomy on a fencing job with a mounted post chopper. My duties also included maintaining farms and machinery in good shape, as well as water trough installations and wood chopping. I really enjoyed working outdoors, despite harsh weather and I found it to be very satisfying and fulfilling taking care of sheep and cattle. However, after learning many skills on the job, I would like to expand my skills and knowledge further. I realised that I was lacking some fundamentals of the craft to be able to understand what was going on the daily basis. That is the reason why I am planning to pursue an
apprenticeship followed by an HND. I believe these studies will give me an opportunity to learn and give me a set of the skills to complete my professional objective, which is to become an organic consultant. The prospects of a better future are very important to me; I choose to believe that sustainable agriculture is more than an utopia and that we’re able to combine productivity, rentability, and ecology all together.
Lastly, I would like to thank you for your consideration and please feel free to contact me if you
need any further information.
Contract Shepherding Service Available - N. Yorks
I am a shepherd from North Yorkshire with over 10 years’ experience and I am looking for arable farmers to join forces with.
Sheep in an arable rotation can provide increased soil health, increased environmental benefits, help with weed burdens, and diversify income.
If you are potentially considering including cover crops or grass leys into your rotation and require them being managed with sheep, please get in touch.
Tony Clifton - mobile: 07780002562