Duties & Responsibilities
--- About Leckford ---
We are a 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.
--- About the 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.
--- About the role ---
As a Mushroom Farm Harvester, you will be hand-harvesting mushrooms from our growing rooms, ensuring optimal picking rates, punnet and tray weights, mushroom quality and presentation.
You will play an important part of a wider team responsible for supplying high-quality mushrooms to our Waitrose supermarkets.
More information about our Mushroom Farm: www.leckfordestate.co.uk/produce/mushrooms