It was lovely to see so many people at the AGM, we hope you all enjoyed the day. Here are the minutes of the meeting and the reports from staff.
Our sixth year of trading is summarised in the report below and the accounts. If you have any questions, please email our Farm Director Spencer Christy - firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you like to work at Lauriston Farm? Are you an excellent organiser with experience of providing services for adults with learning disabilities, autism or other special needs? We are looking to appoint to this new internal organisational role which will be responsible for ensuring compliance with external regulations and overseeing internal procedures and policies relating to all social farming activities, enabling smooth running internally and outward facing reassurance.
Full details are attached, please forward to anyone you think might be interested.
The sixth Annual General Meeting of the Lauriston Farm Charitable Community Benefit Society will be held at 11am on Sunday 18th June 2023. The agenda is below. As last year, we are planning to include a chance to spray the meadows with a biodynamic preparation, and are delighted to welcome back Katharina Baiter, a singer and music teacher from Forest Row, who will help us make some beautiful music.
So that we know how many people to expect, RSVP to email@example.com by Sunday 4th June.
The Board is seeking a new trustee. If you think this could be a role for you please get in touch. The commitment is four to five hours a month, with meetings held in person or virtually.
We look forward to seeing you on 18th June.
With best wishes from all at Lauriston
Secretary to the Board of Trustees
We are a community owned, charitable co-operative based on the Blackwater Estuary, near Maldon in Essex. Launched in 2017 and building on thirteen years of development, we provide education and support through meaningful work experiences to people with learning disabilities and/or autism (LDA) as well as undertaking significant nature conservation work through the running of a biodynamic, organic farm. The farm covers 210 acres and has rare breed cattle and sheep, laying hens, vegetable growing, woolly crafts and domestic gardening. It is a beautiful, tranquil setting. We are progressing towards becoming a Camphill Community and are inspired by anthroposophy.
We have developed a productive and rewarding Day Placement program for LDAs (Co-Workers) and are now looking to expand the provision and develop a small team of support workers to provide resilience and support one another. The role requires previous experience of supporting LDAs using a person-centred approach, a love for the outdoors work, an empathy for nature, a passion for chemical free farming and an interest in wool crafting. Typical days include sheep husbandry, chicken husbandry, grading and boxing eggs, basic horticulture, farm laundry, keeping the workplace tidy, making drinks for tea break and washing up.
The ability to work empathetically and to receive instructions on biodynamic farming and gardening and communicate these to our day placement co-workers to create a meaningful working day is essential. Previous practical farming and gardening experience is desirable but not essential as you can learn from our existing staff and our co-workers.
You will also be familiar with current safeguarding legislation as well as health and safety, first aid and have awareness of autism and epilepsy. You will need to record the individual’s daily activities at the end of each day and communicate with parents and primary carers of our co-workers.
Lauriston Farm Limited is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. Applicants must be willing to undergo protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and an enhanced DBS disclosure.
Please note this post is ‘exempt’ from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore, you will be required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not ‘protected’ (i.e. filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). The amendments to the Exceptions Order provide that certain ‘spent’ convictions and cautions are 'protected' and are not subject to disclosure to employers and cannot be taken into account. To find out more please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
Normal working hours are 8 hours, 9am-5pm. The day placements currently take place Tuesday to Friday for 49 weeks per year. You can apply for one to four days per week as we are building a new team of individuals who can support one another for holidays.
Interviews will start week commencing 22nd May with start date ideally the end of June.
For further information please contact Spencer Christy (Farm Director) firstname.lastname@example.org or 01621 788348.
To apply, please send your current CV, with a covering letter of application detailing how you match the person specification, by midnight on Sunday 21st May 2023 to Jenny Chittenden (Society Secretary) email@example.com
Part-time. Hours: 8 - 32 per week. Monday to Friday
Salary: £12.50 per hour
* Casual dress
* Discounted or free food
* On-site parking
Application deadline: 21/05/2023
We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2023 Richard and Elizabeth Ashford Textile Award is Lauriston Farm, Goldhanger, Essex, UK.
The Farm enables their community, including those with special educational needs, to gain skills and achievement through involvement in the textile crafts.
Lauriston Farm will receive $5000 of Ashford products to help increase their capacity to process their own North Ronaldsay sheep wool, spin and weave fabric and make more handcrafted items.
To find out more about the Textile Award go to
We are very excited to be able to offer a new role here at Lauriston for a Social Farming Support Worker to work with our students with learning disabilities on a Supported Internship (four days a week) and our Day Placement adults, (one day a week)
Please forward these details with attachment to anyone you feel might be interested or apply yourself!
It was lovely to welcome lots of you to the farm for this year’s AGM.
After the business part, a communal lunch was enjoyed with various soups supplied by the farm from our own produce, followed by stirring and spreading of the biodynamic preparation.
We also welcomed Katharina Baiter, a singer and music teacher from Forest Row, who gave us a talk and got us all singing!
Below are the Minutes from the AGM and signed Accounts.
We are very excited to be able to offer an exciting new role here at Lauriston for a Job Coach to work with our students with learning disabilities on a Supported Internship which includes a level 1/2 qualification on farming and gardening.
Please forward this email with attachment to anyone you feel might be interested or apply yourself!
Part Time Vacancy (22hrs/wk)
Farming & Gardening Job Coach
Lauriston Farm is a 210 acre community owned, charitable biodynamic organic farm near Maldon in Essex (CM9 8AH). It is home to rare breed cattle and sheep, vegetable growing, conservation work and domestic gardening. We work alongside young people and adults with learning disabilities and/or autism is every aspect of the farm work and are committed to becoming a Camphill Community, being inspired by anthroposophy. As part of this, we have partnered the Community College Initiative (CCI) in Chelmsford and developed a successful land based Supported Internship program for 18 to 25 year old individuals with special educational needs. To run and expand this program we are seeking someone with a strong interest in farming and gardening who will take instructions on biodynamic farming and gardening from our experienced staff and supervise, instruct, monitor, evidence, evaluate and seek future employment for each intern. The role requires empathy for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, excellent communication skills and enthusiasm for outdoor work. Previous experience in working with young people and adults with learning disabilities and/or autism is essential, possibly in an educational setting or as a Job Coach. Personal or professional practical experience in animal care, horticulture and domestic gardening is also essential as well as a keen interest in biodynamic organic principles and practice. Further training will be provided to understand the principles of Supported Employment through BASE (www.base-uk.org).
The role starts at the beginning of September 2022 and is for 22 hours per week, Monday to Friday. The actual annual salary is £13,156 (£11.50 per hour) with 122 hours holiday per year and stakeholder pension.
To apply, please supply a letter of application and current CV by 5pm on Monday September 26th to Spencer Christy (Farm Director) firstname.lastname@example.org
Interviews will be in early October with a start date of January 3rd 2023. For further information please contact Spencer Christy (Farm Director) email@example.com or 01621 788348.
Click the link below for more details.
September 2nd 2022
Nine of us enjoyed a morning workshop at the farm last weekend, making festive door wreaths all from 100% natural materials .
Maike, who ran the workshop, gave us all a straw base and brought along beautiful dried flowers and berries from her garden, along with various types of greenery.
Much chatter and laughter ensued as we wrestled with straw, wire and decorative bunches, but we all felt very chuffed with the end results and couldn't wait to get them tied to our front doors.
Definitely looking forward to repeating this next year !