We are currently welcoming applications for our market gardening traineeships for the 2021 season at Tomnah'a Market Garden. We are seeking enthusiastic and hardworking individuals or couples to become part of our farm team from the beginning of April until the end of October who are interested in learning and practising all aspects of market gardening in beautiful rural Perthshire, Scotland.
We are a team of young farmers running a market garden going into our 6th year of production and grow a wide range of vegetables and cut flowers with some fruit and hens for eggs. We practice no-dig soil management and follow organic principles without certification due to the fact we direct sell most of the produce. Using bio-intensive production methods and wildlife friendly techniques we try and maximise our soil health whilst maintaining high productivity.
We can accommodate 3-4 trainees so we would welcome couples and friends who would like to share living arrangements.
One of the traineeship positions would offer the unique opportunity to learn about cut flower production, working on all aspects of growing cut flowers; for local retail sales, a broader wholesale market and also for in-house floristry for weddings at Comrie Croft. There is also the potential to develop floristry skills and work on creative projects.
For more specific information on this role please get in touch but most of the details below apply.
The traineeships are ideally suited to someone wanting to find out more about the reality of small scale sustainable farming or planning to start their own farm / small holding to gain valuable experience of the day-to-day running of a market garden over the main growing season.
What we are offering-
-Opportunities to learn all aspects of market gardening through practical involvement in all tasks from seeding to sales.
-A generous weekly stipend, all food provided (apart from luxuries) and caravan or yurt accommodation
-Access to numerous resources including online training courses, working documents etc
-Possible additional paid work on the farm or at The Tea Garden Café or Comrie Croft on site
What we are expecting:
-Approx 30 hours / week –
-Generally working at least every Weds / Thurs / Fri morning – with remaining days/ hours decided week by week
-Work will be focussed on production of vegetables or cut flowers – mainly helping with seed sowing /irrigation/ transplanting / weeding / harvesting / packing
-Work will often be with local or other residential volunteers
-Some help with stocking farm shop
-Looking after hens and collecting eggs
-There will also be occasional weekend and evening responsibilities
Any questions or to apply please contact us- firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like a letter of interest and CV
The deadline for applications is November 30th 2020
Well the spring certainly sprung on us this year with a sudden change in the weather and sudden huge demand for local veg and flowers!
We have taken a few weeks to decide on the best responses to these new circumstances through selling what produce we have before our main shares start on the 22nd of May.
At the moment we are selling Greens Bags through Hansens Kitchen for those that live in Comrie please contact Ian email@example.com to order from him and are looking at various options for pick up points for our Crieff customers please email us firstname.lastname@example.org to order them.
They are £9.50 for a mix of our seasonal produce including- spring green cabbage, spicy stir fry mix, salad, radish, chard/ spinach, herbs and rhubarb.
We are delivering beautiful bouquets to your door on Thursday evening (Crieff) Friday mornings (Comrie) or to pick up, details here http://www.tomnaha.com/bouquets-to-order.html
As we usually have our trainee growers join us from April to October this has been a little tricky this year, we were delighted to have Nat join us from Northumberland who has an interest in setting up her own project down there and learning all she can from us.
We have also had so many offers of help from locals which has made us feel so supported within our community. We have had to change the way we work to make it a safe space to be and limit the amount of people on the field at once so wont be able to have anyone else join us but thank you so much for your offers of help.
We have had another 30 hens join us who should start laying in time for our veg shares in May, look out for blue eggs (only a very limited amount theres only two hens!)
For those of you signed up to our veg shares this year we will be emailing you soon to discuss how we think it will work this year, there will be options. If you have done the google form that is you signed up, apologies for no confirmation emails. If your in doubt just email us to check.
Home Grown Gardening Day @ Tomnah’a Market Garden,