Job Opportunity – Growing Sustainable Schools

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_2ceWe are seeking a motivated & dynamic person to run this exciting new programme. The Ernest Cook Trust, Gower Power Coop & Greggs, have funded us to work with five local schools in Swansea East.
Building on the base of our well-established pizza project, the post holder will explore & expand activities, to engage these schools throughout the growing season. Inspiring young people to get their hands dirty, grow & eat more of their own veggies & learn more about sustainable local food production. Hopefully germinate a few new farmers too!
The post is initially for one academic year. The post holder will be working two days per week within the academic term.

Period of post, from March 2019 to February 2020.

Rate of Pay £26,000 pro rata – 14hrs per week (term time only)

Person specification
1. Experience of working with school children
2. Inspired by sustainable local food production
3. Hands on experience of basic food growing
4. Willing to be part of the Cae Tan team & at the same time, drive this project forward with your own initiative
5. Experience of project management & reporting
6. Some experience of fundraising
7. Good computer skills
8. Full driving license

To apply for this position please
1. Send us your CV
2. In 500 words OR LESS, tell us about yourself using points 1 to 8 above as subtitles.
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS – 8th February 2019

Please send these by email to tom@caetancsa.org
If you want to ask anything just give me a call 07791696848

We will invite those selected to come for an interview, but if you want to come & visit in the meantime that would be great.

Cae Tan community supported agriculture is based on the Gower Peninsula, South Wales. Please look at our website & watch the 9 minute film there as it explains our work in detail. www.caetancsa.org

Is CSA good value?

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Throughout the growing period of June 2017 to May 2018 Lizzy conducted price comparisons for our veg shares. We worked out the average prices from 21 boxes during this period. Our veg turns out to be very competitive with other organic options. Also this was done last year. We think the quantites and quality have been even better this season. Here are the results…

Cae Tan Major Supermarket Organic Major Supermarket Non Organic Organic box scheme (minus delivery fee) Soil Association Farm Shop
Large Box £12.50 £14.17 £8.77 £15.64 £15.17
Small Box £7.50 £7.67 £4.42 £7.45 £7.49

Theres a few interesting points;

  • Even in not such a good growing year CSA is really good economic value
  • Compared to non organic its more expensive, but there are many hidden social & environmental impacts with non organic
  • The small share is more expensive comparatively; due to the fact that it takes less than half the time to pick, pack & administer than the large share which has twice as much veg
  • With CSA there are a whole host of hidden benefits that are not accounted for in monetary comparisons……

When we don’t just consider the fact that this is good value for money, but its also good value for all sorts of other reasons..

  • The growers are properly paid
  • The food is freshly picked from biologically rich chemical free soil, meaning they’re much higher in nutritional content & taste
  • The environment around the fields, both within & alongside cropping is biologically diverse & healthy
  • Reduced imports of produce
  • Inspiring & training new growers & farmers that this is possible & fun
  • Creating social & volunteering opportunities for people of all ages & backgrounds
  • Re circulating money in the local economy
  • Taking control of our local food systems as a community

Surely CSA is the way forward as a key player in the matrix that will make our land & communities full of health & vitality.