About the Leckford Mushroom Farm
Leckford Estate has 16 growing rooms specifically created for mushroom crop production. We produce the finest quality Chestnut mushrooms from the Estate, including pre-packed products and loose products. Mushrooms are harvested at different times of maturity producing different product lines.
Our crop consists of five lines in total: Chestnut Cups, Portabellini, Portabella, South of England and 2kg loose Chestnut Cups. In order to achieve the finest mushrooms, each room maintains a 16-18-degree temperature. We have been producing mushrooms on the Estate since 1986 and typically harvest 25-26 tonnes of Chestnut mushrooms per week on The Waitrose Farm; each is carefully hand picked and packaged for protection.
What roles are available?
Mushroom Farm OperativeYou enable the Harvesters to complete their role. You will be putting platforms out ready for the Harvesters ensuring boxes and punnets are in place and bins are readily available. Throughout the day they take out full boxes and punnets and returning with empties for the Harvesters to fill. Please see the attached job description for full details relating to this role.
Mushroom Farm PackerLiaising with the team on what mushrooms are to be packed, you will collect the mushrooms from the fridge load them on to the production line whilst completing a quality check. If trained, you drive the forklift to load and unload lorries, ready for dispatching. This role would involve moving full pallets of mushrooms both packed and unpacked. Please see the attached job description for full details relating to this role.
Mushroom Farm HarvesterYou are issued with a rack, trolley, scales and knife then make your way to the designated growing room and pick the harvest for that day. At the end of your working day have to ensure all your equipment is washed and put away. Please see the attached job description for full details relating to this role.
Leckford is 4,000-acre estate near Stockbridge, Hampshire. The estate was purchased in 1929 by John Spedan Lewis, founder of the John Lewis Partnership, and we have been farming it now for nearly 90 years.
We are the Waitrose Farm and our produce is supplied to Waitrose stores across the country. The estate is diverse and our commercial businesses span property, food production, farming, retail and leisure activities.
We care passionately about British farming and the environment and we practice 'The Waitrose Way' of healthy living, fair treatment, treading lightly on the environment and championing British produce.
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What you’ll have
- Evidence of basic English literacy skills.- Working as part of a small team. - Experience of manual work (lifting).- Working in a farm or food processing environment.
What else can you bring
- Basic food hygiene certificate- Working unsupervised- Safe Operation of Forklifts
30 hours per weekStart time 07:00 with flexibility required to complete the harvest. To be discussed at assessment.
Please note: The salary advertised is based on full time working (39 hours per week). As the contracts available are for 30 hours per week the salary offered will be pro rated.
The pay range for this role is £18,850.00 - £22,400.00 per annum.
In addition to this, there is a discretionary harvesting bonus scheme.
The payable bonus is currently £0.30 per kg of mushrooms harvested over 25kg per hour. This is capped at the maximum rate of 34kg per hour.
The picking bonus is calculated by dividing the amount of mushrooms picked by the hours worked.
Harvesting bonus payment is not a part of contractual pay.
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