Harvest Help Wanted

We are looking for pickers to harvest cobnuts in the first weeks of September. Please register your details with subject line "picking" to arrange a call.


Each year, at the start of September, a big group is needed to pick the cobnuts off the trees before the squirrels get there first.

This year, we are going to run in 2 phases, with an opening volunteer weekend for all those who would like to visit the orchard and see the process, whilst getting involved at a leisurely pace. These 2 days will be accompanied by a paella and red wine lunch for all, and provides a mellow glimpse behind the scenes of what we do.

Opening Weekend – Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September

Location: Ivy Hatch, Near Sevenoaks, Kent

Transport from Sevenoaks rail station available

All day – 09.00-17.00 – welcome to dip in and out.


Following this opening weekend, we are then on the look out for people able to commit to 5 days Monday – Friday paid picking in which we will up the pace to get the harvest in on time; before the rains and before the squirrels! Depending on the crop this year, this may extend into the following week beginning 14th, though if you can only commit to the one week that is fine. If you are a big gang of friends or colleagues, you are welcome to apply, the more the merrier.

Monday 7th – Friday 11th September

Location: Ivy Hatch, Near Sevenoaks, Kent

Days – 08.00-16.30 - £9.5 per hour

Refreshments provided

Helpful to have own car, though is possible to cycle from Sevenoaks station.

Students encouraged to apply – all welcome.


If you are interested in either of these options, or both, please state so in your message using the form above, and we will be in touch with further details. Alternatvely, email direct to charles@fiatvita.co.uk

Food & Forest, Borough Market, London, SE1 1TL