Opportunity at Trill: Voluntary Trainee Herb Grower

2 Feb 2017 | 2 comments

Voluntary Training Role Available at Trill Farm: Trill Trainee Herb Grower

Placement details:

This is a 6 month-long placement starting in Spring 2019 (preferably February and at the latest March) with residential spaces available. 

This is a traineeship based upon a volunteering arrangement allowing you to learn how to plan and maintain a working herb garden.  You will have the advantage of a practical learning environment making use of the Trill Farm Herb Garden and its facilities.  We will provide support and training throughout your placement. 

Your main focus of work will be learning about medicinal herbs, how to plan, grow and process medicinal herbs. 

Your work can be outlined as follows:

  • Developing and maintaining herb growing areas in line with agreed plans.
  • Working alongside other volunteers on an ad hoc basis.
  • Creating extracts for soaps and dried herbs for textile dyeing and teas.
  • Assisting the owner of the farm, Romy Fraser, in the development of herbal projects. 

You will also have the benefit of spending one day per week working in the Trill Farm Garden learning propagation, composting and general garden care from the market garden team. There will also be the opportunity to join Annie McIntyre’s Herbal Medicine retreats hosted seasonally at Trill Farm. There may also be the opportunity for a series of week-long placements at some of our professional contact’s organic herb gardens in order to gain a wider understanding of herb production, business structures and plant knowledge. 

We are able to provide accommodation and food for the duration of your placement. Please do note that this placement is based on a voluntary agreement and is not paid, there is no expectation and arrangement that any paid role will be offered at the end of the placement.  You will be expected to sign a confidentiality agreement with Trill Farm as part of your volunteers agreement. 

Personal Specifications

In offering this placement we are looking for someone that is able to:

  • Display a proven interest in medicinal herbs and natural remedies. 
  • Work in an organised and methodical way.
  • Work as part of a small team but not be afraid to spend periods of time working alone on set tasks.
  • Work with us to achieve our wider aims and objectives within the operations of Trill Farm.
  • Be reliable.
  • Give commitment.
  • Air any problems/issues immediately to the appropriate person.
  • Respect confidentiality, equal opportunities and health and safety policies. 
  • Attend relevant training.
  • Uphold the name and reputation of Trill Farm at all times.
  • Comply with health and safety rules.
  • Enjoy work and learning.
  • Be energetic and enthusiastic. 
  • Be reliable and trustworthy. 

Our responsibilities to you 

As a volunteer you can expect: 

  • A clear volunteer support framework.
  • To be given tasks that you are capable of and that are of benefit to Trill Farm.
  • A clearly defined outline of the task(s) we would like you to undertake.
  • To have a member of staff nominated as a key contact.
  • To have expenses reimbursed, at the appropriate rates, where possible and pre-agreed.
  • That we strive to ensure equality of opportunity within Trill Farm.
  • Safe working conditions.
  • To join the communal lunches on weekdays with the Trill Farm team.
  • Accommodation and food as a residential option (details can be provided separately if you would like this). 

We will also try to ensure that you:

  • Are kept informed of changes and developments affecting you.
  • Have the opportunity to be involved with decision making that affects you, where appropriate.
  • Are able to say no to inappropriate requests outside the task outline/volunteer charter.
  • Have access to a complaints and dissatisfaction procedure.
  • Feel your contribution is valued by paid staff, who are fully aware of the nature and purpose of volunteering.

To apply please email alex@trillfarm.co.uk.

Soap Maker wanted

4 Sep 2017 | 0 comments

We’re looking for an enthusiastic, ethically minded soap maker to run our soap production.

We’re proud to produce a necessary product, simply and ethically. It involves a little bit of magic and a lot of plants, some of which we grow at Trill in the Herb Garden.

We are now at a stage where we need to develop the business to meet demand. You'll need to enjoy hard work, be enthusiastic and enjoy being part of a team. If you are naturally systematic and enjoy working creatively please let us know!

If you’re interested please email Fran at post@trillfarm.co.uk for more information.

Application deadline: 15th October 2017.

Herb Garden Co-ordinator wanted

4 Sep 2017 | 0 comments

If you’d like to harvest the hedgerows, dry and distill the cultivated herbs and create a medicinal herbal hub at Trill Farm then this one is for you.

You will be be responsible for the success of this business which sits at the heart of Trill Farm.

Our garden is waiting for the right passion, energy and creativity to make it a success. 

If you’re interested please contact Fran at post@trillfarm.co.uk for more information.

Application deadline: 15th October 2017.


Start a Textile Business at Trill

5 May 2017 | 3 comments

 

We’re looking for someone to start up their own textile business at Trill Farm; it could be weaving, it could be knitting, it could be felting, it’s up to you.

We have a flock of beautiful Gotland sheep that we’d like to share (details to be discussed). We can offer space, our attractive flock, an inspiring community of small businesses and a stunning and unique location.

Please contact post@trillfarm.co.uk for more information.

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