A weekend of Food, Flowers and Art
30th May 2017
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service
7th June 2017

Our Green Saturdays!

Join us this Summer to grow your skills and get outdoors at Our Green Saturdays!

Living Under One Sun is delighted to announce that, thanks to Awards for All, we will once again be opening our doors on Saturdays!
From the 22nd July, we are launching Our Green Saturdays, a training programme for ten local people to bring nature closer to communities and communities closer together.
Our Saturday volunteering programme will give people a chance to learn new skills in food growing for sale and community development, become more active and feel better.
It is a 38 week trainee scheme,running from 10am - 4pm, led by experienced facilitators, and will train 10 trainees in organic food growing, community development, event organising and running a market stall amongst other things. Our trainees will then support the delivery of volunteering and healthy eating activities for 100 local residents over the course of the seasons.

The programme

Launching on Saturday 22nd July during the heat of summer, we will kick off with the first section of the course: the Summer and Autumn Garden Care.

This will include summer crop care, harvesting, packaging and running a successful market stall. Through the programme, trainees will also gain confidence and experience in working with volunteers and will get a deeper understanding of community development.
From November, our trainees will move onto learn about winter care. As the days get shorter, trainees will learn how to manage a productive growing site in winter. This will include soil care, site maintenance and pruning.

To complete our trainees’ experience as the ground warms up and the first shoots appear, ‘Spring delight’ will cover seed sowing, maintenance and raising crops, completing trainees’ experience of the growing year.

Working on site during all four seasons will give trainees a full understanding of food growing, setting them up with the skills to further their learning and development and the confidence to run a site themselves.

Saturdays will also be open for our regular volunteers to join in the activities and learning opportunities. If you want to get involved, just come along from 10am with sensible clothing (including sun/rain gear) and a can do attitude!

We’re very excited about this training programme and the possibilities for our trainees and volunteers. Please help us to promote our new training programme!

For any further enquiries, please contact Sarah Alun-Jones at info@livingunderonesun.co.uk
The trainee job description is below, please do circulate to anybody you think may be interested.

We’re on the lookout!

We are looking for 10 trainees to join us over the course of our exciting ‘Our Green Saturdays’ project.

We are looking for willing and enthusiastic volunteers who want to improve their job prospects or are interested in developing skills in food growing for sale. Volunteers will get the chance to gain valuable experience and learn how to tend to crops over the course of the changing growing seasons as well as learn valuable skills in harvesting, packaging, promoting and selling to market. It will be an insight into growing a business as well as vegetables!

Some of the things our trainees will learn will include:


  • Seed sowing and germination
  • Planting out
  • Pest and disease management
  • Crop rotation and planning
  • Harvesting and packaging
  • Learning about different fruits, vegetables and herbs and their uses
  • Running a market stall and selling produce
  • Winter care and site maintenance
  • Promoting a business

We are looking for people with an interest in food growing and healthy eating and a positive and can do attitude. Candidates will need to engage with volunteers and have good communication skills. They will also need to have a relatively good level of fitness

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This position is unpaid but we do provide lunch and refreshments for our trainees.


If you, or somebody you know, may be interested, please email info@livingunderonesun.co.uk with a C.V. (if you have one) and a short paragraph about why you are interested in getting involved in the project, by the 29th of June.