As well as a small permanent workforce, J W Allen & Sons employs casual seasonal workers for the asparagus season. They are all accommodated on our farm in ranges of high quality converted traditional farm buildings. All staff are introduced by Concordia (UK) Ltd, with whom J W Allen & Sons have worked since 2005, and are then employed directly by us.
Mid-January to end March: putting polythene on the asparagus beds
March: Planting asparagus crowns and general farm duties
Early April – 21 June: Cutting and packing asparagus
Staff work in supervised groups of 16 people and work in fields and in the packhouse in a rotation to give them a variation of duties and a good understanding of the detail and standards required throughout the whole process. No previous experience is necessary, as full training and a detailed induction relating to all aspects of the job is given prior to commencement of employment.