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FOOD PEDALERS CO-OP

​Are you looking for an innovative business that shares your passion for environmental and sustainable practices? Do you want to grow nutritious food in the city? Are you prepared for the unique challenges this entails? Does the co-op business model interest you? If so, you might be exactly who The Vancouver Food Pedalers Co-op is looking for to take our thriving business forward!

The Food Pedalers Co-op was incorporated in February 2013, evolving out of a sole proprietorship founded by Chris Thoreau in 2009. Based in East Vancouver, The Food Pedalers is one of Vancouver’s longest standing urban farms, producing a variety of soil-grown microgreens and wheatgrass and delivering them to restaurants, grocers and farmers markets by bicycle.

This year-round operation employs a unique production system, utilizing a 40’ shipping container modified into a greenhouse. We harvest crops twice weekly, ensuring a constant supply of fresh organic microgreens for our customers. The Co-op has three owner-members and three part-time employees who carry out all of the farm’s operations and administration.

Over nine years of development and evolution The Food Pedalers has become an established and recognized brand in the local market and beyond:
0 Production: We have a well-developed production system allowing for year-round growing of microgreens and wheatgrass
0 Market Tenure: We are returning vendors at Trout Lake and Nat Bailey Winter 0 Market, Vancouver’s two most popular farmers markets, gaining exposure to thousands of weekly shoppers.
0 Social Media Presence: The co-op has established and active networks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as a modern website.
0 Solid Customer Base: We service restaurants, grocers, and private customers many of whom have been loyal customers since our conception.
0 Benefits Package: Members enjoy an extended medical benefits and insurance package provided by The Cooperators.

With each of the existing members taking up new opportunities in the summer, we are seeking a minimum of three new individuals to purchase shares in the co-op and take over ownership of the business.

This co-op represents an ideal business opportunity for an ambitious group of individuals with a broad range of skills and experience and a strong desire to build upon our success within the dynamic field of urban, sustainable agriculture.

If you are interested please email info@foodpedalers.ca, telling us a little about your background and experience and why this opportunity appeals to you.

 

2017 FARM INTERN JOB POSTING (CANADA SUMMER JOBS)

The Sharing Farm is a not-for-profit community organization that grows organic vegetables on donated city lands for the Richmond Food Bank and other community agencies. We are looking for enthusiastic, hard-working farm interns for May – August 2017.

The Sharing Farm is a unique community farm combining the practice of organic farming set within a framework of food justice and food security in the region. The four acre farm is situated within Richmond’s Terra Nova Rural Park, located at the west end of Westminster Highway, alongside the West Dyke, in Richmond BC. It is accessible by bus, skytrain, car, or bicycle.

Interns will have access to many different skill sets, including greenhouse cultivation, beekeeping, market gardening, composting, farm machinery use, and more. Interns will gain valuable skills in multiple aspects of organic farming, as well as running a farmers’ market stand and a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program.

Duties and Responsibilities:
0 Assist with field preparation, field maintenance, crop development, crop harvest, and post-harvest handling
0 Keep records and a farm journal
0 Work alongside and help supervise volunteers
0 Assist with educational programs, tours, special events and fund-raising activities
0 Assist with the transportation and distribution of vegetables
0 Keep farm and storage areas organized and tidy
0 Assist running a CSA program
0 Report to the Field Manager

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS (Service Canada):
0 currently a full-time student who intends to return to college or university in the fall of 2017
0 18-30 years of age
0 Canadian citizen or permanent resident

Qualifications:
0 Be self-motivated, flexible, willing to take initiative, work well independently and in a team environment
0 Be physically fit and enjoy working outside in all kinds of weather
0 Be available on weekends
0 Proven ability in working effectively with volunteers and/or co-workers
0 Strong record-keeping ability
0 Ability to operate and maintain tools and equipment
0 (preferably) Valid driver’s license
0 (preferably) Have farming or gardening experience
0 The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in organic farming and an 0 interest in continuing in this field.
0 Salary: $12 per hour + benefits
0 35 hour work week, must be available weekends.
0 Approx. 9-14 weeks depending on final HRDC Canada Summer Jobs approval of grant application.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as we will begin interviewing in early April.
Application deadline: April 14, 2017
Please submit resume and a cover letter to:
Farm Administrator: Leslie Williams leslie@sharingfarm.ca

BC ASSOCIATION OF FARMER’S MARKETS – COMMUNICATIONS AND ADMIN COORDINATOR

The BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) was founded in 2000 to:
Support British Columbia producers of agricultural products, food products, and crafts
Promote, educate, encourage, develop and support farmers’ markets in BC
Educate the public to choose healthy British Columbia grown agricultural products to ensure a secure food system, to reduce the carbon footprint and to ensure the viability of farming into the future

Job Summary
The FMNCP Communications and Administration Coordinator will manage office systems and administration of BCAFM and programs including the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNCP).

Key Responsibilities
The BCAFM is seeking a detail-oriented, analytical individual who is able to work both independently and collaboratively. The Communications and Administration Coordinator will report directly to the FMNCP Manager and Manager of Membership & Communications. Duties include, but are not limited to:

Financial Coordination
0 Track and manage financial payments for FMNCP coupon redemptions, honorariums, vendors and reimbursements
0 Prepare invoices and process accounts receivables using Quickbooks
0 Monthly reconciliation and processing of payments from various online sources such as Eventbrite, Square and other payment systems
0 Track and manage petty cash, make bank deposits

Coupon Program Communications
0 Update and create materials.
0 Manage and participate in delivery of orientations
0 Manage communications include monthly online newsletter and website content
0 Strengthen working relation with key stakeholders

Coupon Program Coordination
0 Coordinate distribution of coupons and program materials to FMNCP partners and markets
0 Create and manage systems for online reporting of distribution and redemption of coupons
0 Collect and collate program data including partner reports and evaluations
0 Take meeting minutes
0 Create weekly automated emails to FMNCP partners
0 Create online registration for conference calls, small grants and other program activities
0 Provide ongoing support for program partners in selected regions, which includes site visits and regular communications
0 Maintain and manage FMNCP stakeholder contact data.

Coordinating and maintaining office systems
0 Troubleshoot printer/internet/phone problems
0 Ensure website, email, software, and other subscriptions are current and active
0 Manage and order office supplies and equipment
0 Manage online registration systems
0 Maintain and update office manual and files

General Program and Communications Support
0 Lead vendor insurance program coordination, recruitment, delivery, and promotion
0 Set up online surveys and process registrations for conference, workshops, Webinars
0 Coordinate printing and mail outs
0 Support membership renewal process
0 Develop FMNCP communications materials, including articles, photos, etc. to support overall communications strategies, including newsletter, social media and other outreach.

Office Support
0 Answer phones and general emails
0 Provide customer service to stakeholders
0 Manage mail merge for correspondence

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and attributes:
0 A diploma or certificate in office administration or equivalent experience
0 At least four years of work experience in a similar position
0 A high level of working knowledge of computers, databases, and software programs (Microsoft Office, Filemaker, QuickBooks) using a Mac computer
0 Strong verbal communications skills
0 Ability to problem-solve with strong inclination towards order
0 A numbers person
0 Possesses a proactive approach to office administration
0 Strong interpersonal skills, a happy disposition, ability to exercise diplomacy, demonstrate a flexible attitude, maintains a positive focus, and uses discretion with confidential Information
0 Knowledge and interest of farmers’ markets or involvement in the local food movement

Timeline and Compensation:
This is a full time position from May 1, 2016 or ASAP with funding until December 2018. Renewal dependent on funding.

The hourly rate is $20 per hour plus CPP, EI, WCB including two weeks vacation plus the week between Christmas and New Years off. Hours of work will be 35 hours per week, 9 am – 4:30 pm with occasional weekend and/or evening work.
The office is at 2642 Main Street in Vancouver.

How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume in a pdf format, with your name in the title of the document by Wednesday, March 28 at 10 am to info@bcfarmersmarket.org
Interviews may be conducted during the recruitment period and only candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.

EDIBLE GARDEN PROJECT

We’re looking for a new addition to the Farm Team! Responsible for assisting our Farmer in day to day farm operations, volunteer coordination, community outreach, and more.  Check out the job description!

LIFECYCLES PROJECT MANAGERS

LifeCycles Project work focuses on health, healing and connecting people to the food they eat and where it comes from. We endeavour to honour the land and its treaties by strengthening our relationship and responsibilities to them. We live and work on unceded Coast Salish Territories*, specifically of the Lekwungen and W_SÁNEC peoples. Many of our practices, including the seeds we plant, the ways we educate and our methods of growing food came to these lands through the ongoing process of dispossession and colonialism. We hold this understanding in our interactions and engagements with this land and its people.

http://lifecyclesproject.ca/

We are currently seeking two Program Managers to join our team. For more information check out the full postings here: Program Manager (Food Access) Program Manager (Food Education)

unnamedSKY HARVEST BIKE DELIVERY CONTRACT POSITION

Sky Harvest is Canada’s first certified organic, urban farm. Our work transforms the urban landscape, improves access to healthy produce and provides a place of community, education and work for local residents. Our current focus is growing microgreens and delivering them by bicycle to Vancouver’s top chefs and grocery stores. We are looking for candidates with a strong sense of social and environmental responsibility, interested in joining our team of dedicated employees and volunteers whose unique talents shape Sky Harvest’s development.

Our day-to-day activities are driven by three core values:

Lead by example: Providing a strong example of corporate social responsibility in business
Inspire and assist: Spur the adoption of sustainability principles into others’ operations whenever feasible
Innovate: Use innovation to move society towards sustainability and thrive-ability

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Delivery (by bicycle) of our microgreens to our fine chefs. We have a unique trailer system that is compatible with most bikes
Active participation in harvesting is also a key component of this position

QUALIFICATIONS

Strong cycling skills are required
Interest in urban agriculture activities and passionate about sustainability and local food systems
Fun and easygoing personality
Ability to work quickly, pay attention to small details and carry on a conversation simultaneously
Ability to work independently
Exhibits reliability and commitment to organization
Must be able to perform physical labour on a daily basis
The candidate must have their own bike and be very comfortable pulling a small delivery trailer as well.
Ability to perform bike deliveries of our products in all weather conditions. (Remember Vancouver experiences lots of rain!)
Farming, gardening or experience working with your hands considered an asset

IMPORTANT DETAILS

1 Part-time Contract position available (16-30 hours weekly for 6 months minimum). Working hours are 8am-4pm. Work Days are Wednesdays & Fridays with additional days possible
Start time: Immediate/ Flexible
Pay: Starting pay is $12/hr + weekly microgreens AND end of contract bonus $.50/hr retroactive pay

To be considered for this position you must fill our Bike Delivery application found HERE. Please submit an introduction of yourself and why you would think you could be a good fit with us, a resume and any questions you may have about us or the position to:

aaron@skyharvest.ca
http://www.skyharvest.ca