We are currently seeking the ideal candidate to fill the position of:
Farm Assistant, Flemo Farm
At FoodShare, we advocate for food justice by supporting community-based food initiatives and through ongoing advocacy and public education. Our vision is a Toronto where all people can feed themselves, their loved ones and their communities with dignity and joy. We operate on a people-first model that values fair compensation, policies that respect a work/life balance and the contributions of our team members at all levels.
The Flemo Farm project is a community-developed initiative that has transformed an underutilized grass area into a vibrant community space growing healthy food for the residents of Flemingdon Park. The 1⁄2 acre farm is a welcoming, enjoyable, nature-focused space that engages the community in the growing of food, increases access to affordable healthy produce, and provides an entrepreneurial development opportunity for residents to operate micro-farm businesses through the Community Farmer program.
The Flemo Farm Assistant will work with Flemo Farm Coordinators and Community Farmers to support this entrepreneurial food justice initiative in the community. Working on the farm includes working alongside the Community Farmers, supporting community engagement activities, working at the weekly farmers market, facilitating tours, and sharing informal lessons on gardening topics such as seeding, weeding, harvesting, and pest management.
Registration with Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training is required prior to interviewing.
Duties include (but are not limited to):
- Working with the Farm Coordinator to implement garden tasks & activities including seeding, transplanting, mulching, weeding, watering, pruning, and harvesting.
- Facilitating community engagement including creating a welcoming environment for volunteers, mentoring gardening volunteers, interacting with the public, leading garden tours, and potentially speaking at events and/or with the media about the garden.
- Supporting Peer Leadership through leading/overseeing volunteers in various garden-related tasks, co-facilitating community-based workshops, and imparting wisdom about the garden to volunteers whenever possible
- Collaborating with Farm Coordinators and other Flemingdon Health Centre staff to deliver educational programming for communities members
- Supporting the Saturday farmer’s market, which includes mentoring volunteers and supporting them in handling cash, merchandising produce, and delivering friendly customer service
- Supporting management of community composting activities at the farm site, including working with residents to install three-cell compost bins, training farmers on the installation and maintenance of the system, and community outreach to use the system
- Participating in FoodShare staff and team meetings, all staff training, and reporting requirements such as timesheets
- Other duties as assigned
Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience
- At least one-year experience gardening, growing food, or working with plants
- Interest in community-led food projects and/or neighbourhood-based community organizing
- Demonstrated ability to work within a diverse community (people of different ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds)
- Demonstrated commitment to principles of food justice and equity
- Experience working with children and youth is an asset
- Interest in working outdoors in community farm settings
- Knowledge of food systems, including growing, cooking, and composting is an asset
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Strong attention to detail
- Effective communication and organizational skills
- Basic competency with G-Suite (Google Drive, Sheets, Docs, Calendar, Gmail, etc.)
- Registration with Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training prior to interviewing
- Lifting and moving up to 40 pounds
- Working outdoors and on your feet for 3-4 hours at a time
- Availability on weekends and in evenings, on occasion. This mostly includes 9am-1pm on Saturdays from June to October at the Farmers Market.
- Must be legally authorized to work in Canada
Please note that the successful applicant will be required to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check, Food Handler’s Safety certification, and Emergency First Aid certification. FoodShare will cover the cost of these certifications.
Salary: $46,800/annually + (37.5 hours/week)*
Benefits: Reimbursement of up to $1000/year (prorated based on start date) for eligible health and dental expenses; 4 weeks paid vacation + paid winter shutdown per year; daily lunch stipend, monthly cell phone and internet reimbursement available depending on work location; 20 paid personal sick/wellness days per year; 10 paid personal days; annual professional development funding*
Contract Type: Full time for 1-year contract.
Reports to: Flemo Farm Coordinators
Location: Flemo Farm, 150 Grenoble Drive, North York
Anticipated Start Day: April 28, 2022
* Note that as part of FoodShare’s commitment to equity, all staff get equal pay for equal work. As a result salaries and benefits are non-negotiable.
TO APPLY: Please submit your application by 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 27th, 2022 at https://secure.collage.co/jobs/blackcreekcommunityfarm/29068
FoodShare’s recruitment process involves the anonymization of all resumes prior to their being screened by the hiring committee. This step removes applicant personal details (names, email, addresses), educational institutions, years of work experience, and personal interests to reduce potential for bias. Please make sure to detail your experience in your resume/cover letter to ensure the committee has the information they need to assess your qualifications for the role.
FoodShare is a food justice organization. This means that we are committed to working to identify and dismantle systemic forms of oppression that cause and perpetuate food security inequities.
Racialized people and others from equity-seeking groups are over-represented in food insecurity and poverty statistics, but are significantly under-represented in community based food organizations. We believe that those most affected by an issue must have access to paid positions in organizations tasked with challenging poverty and food insecurity. FoodShare strives to create a workspace that reflects the diversity of identities and lived experiences that exist within the communities we work alongside.
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