One of the understated benefits of organic farming and growing is the amount of employment it brings to communities. A farm like this, with its diverse activities, now employs 40 people full and part time.

We’re always looking for bright, positive, intelligent people with a passion for organic and we’ve just recruited three new staff members to what the farm office call the ‘dark side’ .. We’re the office folk who work for Helen across other parts of this wonderfully diverse  business; trading pork, developing new products, managing accounts and generally getting hot and bothered in our beautiful but fly filled barn.  We’ve doubled our numbers over the last month and thought you might like to meet them!

Thanks Tim for our ice creams! Sue is not going to be happy missing out on her favourite Twisters!

 

 

James Westhead
James has joined the team to develop sales of our branded products. After graduating with a diploma in culinary arts from Ashburton Cookery School he went onto work in London in a couple of Michelin star restaurants before taking up a Sous chef role back in Gloucestershire. More recently James has been in a Sales role for the past four years before seeking opportunities back in the food industry where his passion lies.

“I’m excited to join such an exciting and diverse business and be around a lot of other like minded individuals. My aim here is to get Helen Browning’s Organic brand in front of as many new customers as possible so they can experience the quality product that we have.

Outside of work you’ll find me playing football and cricket for my local club Tetbury. I’m hoping my performances won’t be effected too much by all the mid week pub lunches I’m having at the Royal Oak”

Sian Penning
Here I am!

– Looking after projects – from where we can keep pigs in winter, to how we could sell the pictures of pigs on the pub walls
– Officially the oldest new recruit – I’ve been here for five whole weeks!
– What I like about working here is the variety of things going on and the friendly team. The bacon sandwiches are just a bonus!
– When I’m not at work I’m busy running round after my own two piglets, I mean children
– In an effort to grow old disgracefully I’ve also recently taken up trapeze.

Michelle Hayman
Hi I’m Michelle and I’ve been working at Eastbrook Farm for just over a month. My role is Sales/Supply coordinator which is essentially coordinating pigs from field to customers and suppliers. This means learning all about the pig, all the cuts of meat and specifications we provide and believe me there are a lot! To say my head was near to explosion after my first week was an understatement! My understanding is slowly improving and the team tell me I will get there!

This is my first job in 15 years after being a full time Mum to four beautiful girls – Jess, Isobel, Sophie and Imogen aged 14,11,9 and 6. I’m learning that life is now even more of a constant juggle but I am really enjoying being a working Mummy through all its challenges and love working at the farm and the team are fabulous bunch of ladies and now gents.

After work I am thrown into a million activities with the children but for me I love to play netball, run, swim and do Pilates. The odd gin and glass of rose helps me along the way to relaxation too!