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Biodynamic Market Garden and Social Enterprise Coordinator - job post

Ruskin Mill Trust
3.4 out of 5
£27,524 - £29,912 a year - Permanent, Full-time
Responded to 75% or more applications in the past 30 days, typically within 3 days.

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  • £27,524 - £29,912 a year

Job type

  • Full-time
  • Permanent

Shift and schedule

  • 8 hour shift
  • Weekend availability
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday



Pulled from the full job description

  • Casual dress
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted or free food
  • Free parking
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • On-site parking

Full job description

Biodynamic Market Garden and Social Enterprise Coordinator

Salary: £27,524 - £29,912 starting salary subject to experience and qualifications

40 Hours per week, 52 weeks per year

(A relocation allowance may be available for those needing to relocate for this role)

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to manage the day-to-day operations at High Riggs Gardens, supporting the ongoing biodynamics in consultation with our Biodynamic Land Manager.

High Riggs is a 9-acre biodynamic market garden where students grow and harvest vegetables to use in our residential homes, cafe and college kitchen. In addition, a successful community veg box and wholesale veg box scheme is run out of High Riggs; students assist with harvesting and preparing the vegetables and ensuring the boxes are ready for collection and delivery.

You will be responsible for:

  • the delivery of education and management of social enterprise opportunities for Freeman College students in the production of biodynamic fruit and vegetables including planting, harvesting and preparing for retail
  • engaging with the local community and local suppliers to ensure efficient production and delivery of our veg box scheme including responsibility for income and expenditure
  • assisting our Biodynamic Land Manager in ensuring Demeter standards are applied
  • reviewing along with our Biodynamic Land Manager, to strategically plan land development, production product distribution, ecological issues etc
  • actively working with and providing training for tutors, catering staff, trainees and students.
  • co-ordinate events, open days and volunteers’ days in-conjunction with appropriate staff

To be considered for this role, you will:

  • Ideally be trained and recognised as a Biodynamic Practitioner, if not training will be provided
  • Be experienced in growing using organic and biodynamic principles
  • Be experienced in land management and growing crops for sale
  • Have knowledge of specialist education and ideally working with learners with learning difficulties and/ or learning disabilities.
  • Ideally hold a teaching qualification or prepared to work towards *a teaching qualification may include an increase to the advertised salary
  • Have excellent communication, organisational and resilience skills
  • Be able to provide animal care on a rota basis at weekends
  • Have a full driving licence with access to a vehicle

Freeman College found its home in a former cutlery works in the heart of Sheffield. The curriculum focuses on craft activities including the hand forging of cutlery. Textiles, copper spinning, pewter work, jewellery, Iron Age forge and green woodwork are also offered. Freeman College is part of Ruskin Mill Trust.

Established in 1984, Ruskin Mill Trust is an educational charity that operates in England, Scotland and Wales.
We offer exciting outdoor learning environments, utilising practical land and craft activities to support the development of work and life skills in young people with autistic spectrum conditions and other learning differences. Our research-led method, Practical Skills Therapeutic Education, is inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner, John Ruskin and William Morris. Working with hand, head, heart and place, Ruskin Mill Trust helps individuals to re-imagine their potential.

Working at Freeman College is incredibly rewarding and in return, we offer competitive salaries and an auto-enrolment pension scheme. In addition, staff receive;

  • A comprehensive and interactive induction, extensive training and personal development with an opportunity to study a MSc in Practical Skills Therapeutic Education
  • Free car parking facilities
  • A beautiful location to work
  • Nutritious lunch provided during term time eaten as a team with the students and staff
  • Health cash plan & Employee Assistance Programme via Medicash
  • Cycle to work scheme

A completed application is required for consideration of this role, please visit

We recommend applying earlier as we review applications as they are received and therefore may close the vacancy if filled before the advertised closing date.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Level Disclosure as well as a medical check, references, evidence of qualifications, plus verification of the right to work in the UK.


Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Pay: £27,524.00-£29,912.00 per year


  • Casual dress
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted or free food
  • Free parking
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • On-site parking


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability

Application question(s):

  • Do you hold a Biodynamic Training Certificate / Qualification?


  • organic or biodynamic growing: 1 year (required)
  • land management and crop growing: 1 year (required)
  • SEN: 1 year (preferred)


  • Driving Licence with access to a vehicle? (required)

Work Location: In person

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