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Sole Food Street Farms 2017 Seasonal Volunteer Program
A season-long volunteer position at Sole Food Street Farms is for individuals with a serious interest in urban agriculture and social enterprise. The program provides each participant with the opportunity to spend a season working on an urban farming operation. Most of the education will be through hands-on experience and the skills learned will be focused on agriculture and social sustainability in an urban context.
About Sole Food Street Farms
Sole Food is a Vancouver, B.C.-based social enterprise that transforms vacant urban land into street farms that grow artisan quality fruits and vegetables. Our mission is to empower individuals with limited resources by providing jobs, agricultural training and inclusion in a supportive community of farmers and food lovers.
Sole Food Street Farms is in its seventh year of operation with four and a half acres of land in production, 25 employees, and over 45,000 lbs. of food produced annually. We have four farm sites in and around the Downtown Eastside, including a privately owned parking lot and two city owned brownfields. We are modeling innovative ways of growing food in vacant urban spaces and in abandoned lots with contaminated soils. Our approach is reenvisioning and repurposing vacant lands to improve the food security of our local communities, while providing meaningful employment for people who face systemic barriers to accessing and maintaining traditional employment.
What does being a seasonal volunteer at Sole Food mean?
We have a diverse and innovative urban farming operation, which requires a wide range of skills: greenhouse seedling production, field planting, weeding and harvesting, produce deliveries, produce processing and preparing restaurant orders, serving our CSA shareholders and building and repairing infrastructure. You don’t need to have any background in farming or gardening but should be prepared for physically demanding work performed in all types of weather.
We aim to provide you with a well-rounded training in urban bio-intensive agriculture and farm operations, and expect you to pursue this learning. Besides the informal training that happens each day we will provide monthly seminars on various topics and opportunities for further learning off the farm.
• The program begins Monday, May 1, 2017 and ends Friday, September 29, 2017 with the exception of one position which will attend the Saturday Trout Lake Farmers and will work Monday, May 1, 2017 until Saturday, October 21st. The farmers market volunteer will work the same amount of hours but stretched over a longer period of time.
• The volunteer stipend is $300/month and we offer a weekly share of produce through our Market Share Program. The Market Share is redeemable at any Sole Food farmers market stand and provides $500 of produce during your volunteer time — the Market Share expires two years from the date of the beginning of your volunteer contract regardless of the balance left on the card.
Our ideal candidate has:
• Physical ability to carry out farm tasks
Please submit a resume and cover letter that includes answers to the following questions:
How does an agricultural experience such as this fit in with your future plans?
What previous agriculture or community development experience do you have?
What physical limitations might you have in performing farm tasks (bending over for long stretches, lifting, pushing heavy wheelbarrows)?
Can you commit to five months?
What other relevant skills do you have?
Please email a completed application and resume to our farm manager at:
Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.
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GoodWork ID: 37346 Date posted to GoodWork.ca: Feb 15 2017
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