Kate Hofman, GrowUp’s co-founder welcomed Cllr Trevor Bartlett of Dover District Council, Cllr Sue Chandler of Kent County Council, and Cllr Dan Friend of Sandwich Town Council
GrowUp celebrates 'topping out' of new vertical farm in Sandwich
Recruitment Day on Saturday 16th July to showcase vertical farming and skilled jobs
GrowUp, growers of high-quality, sustainable crops, celebrated a major milestone on Monday 4 July with a 'topping out' ceremony to celebrate the external build of its fourth UK farm, in Sandwich, Kent.
The ceremony marked the handover of the building to complete the internal fit-out of the farm. GrowUp Farms has spent almost a decade perfecting products and honing growing expertise across three vertical farms, selling restaurant-quality leafy greens that stay fresher longer. They grow delicious crops year-round in a controlled environment, where the climate provides the plants with perfect conditions.
Construction of GrowUp’s fourth farm started in early January, and the farm is expected to begin delivering its first harvest of ready-to-eat salad leaves to U.K. supermarket shelves early next year. The farm is connected to on-site renewable energy, which means the farm grows food with a lighter environmental footprint and a more resilient supply chain.
GrowUp is hosting a Recruitment Day on Saturday 16 July for local residents to learn more about vertical farming and the skilled jobs available at the farm.
The first wave of recruitment is now open and there will be about 60 jobs at the farm once it is complete. GrowUp is an accredited Living Wage employer and has designed shift patterns at the farm to accommodate workers with caring or childcare responsibilities.
Anyone who would like to know more is invited to a dedicated Recruitment Day on Saturday 16th July at GrowUp Farms, 2 Montagu Road, Discovery Park, Sandwich, CT13 9FA. This is a chance to meet the team and the management of the business and to learn about vertical farming and working on the farm.
The new skilled Farm Operatives will start at GrowUp in early October 2022, where they will develop a broad range of skills, applicable to vertical farming and food production - from seeding to packing, and a variety of production steps in-between. The roles are suitable for people with a background in horticulture or food manufacture, with full training and development support offered to all successful candidates.
All roles come with an extensive benefits package, including enhanced parental leave, an employee share scheme, an employee benefits platform and a 5% employer pension contribution.
Kate Hofman, who co-founded GrowUp in 2013 said, “We are excited about the progress at our new farm in Sandwich, it’s brilliant seeing everything come together. We are now moving into the next stage of construction, installing the indoor growing technology. This is a major milestone on our progress towards growing more delicious, affordable salad, that stays fresher for longer in people’s fridges. The cost-of-living crisis means people are watching what they spend on food. More than ever, people want their fresh produce to be great quality and excellent value for money. We’re proud to be joining Kent’s great food and farming tradition.”
“A big part of this is the Recruitment Day on the 16th of July, where we’re encouraging local residents to come and meet us, learn about vertical farming and hear about the roles on offer. Our skilled Farm Operatives will have a variety of responsibilities, and a chance to develop a broad range of skills. If you’re interested, check out our LinkedIn page for more information and please come and visit on the 16th of July. We look forward to meeting you!”
Posted on 08/07/2022