Volunteer

GRANDVIEW WOODLAND FOOD CONNECTION

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The Grandview Woodland Food Connection is a grassroots food security group supporting residents to access healthy and affordable food. We are developing a number of community based food initiatives, including community gardening, bulk buying groups, school gardens, canning workshops,community kitchens and more.

We are currently seeking community members interested in helping us boost our social media outreach, video/photography story gathering, fundraising event organization, wordpress web support, chef mentors for a youth meal program, poster designers, food workshop leaders (paid), and experienced gardeners for our school garden program. This is a great opportunity to get involved in community food programming. Call Ian if interested @ 604-718-5895

BEE KEEPER – PANDORA PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN

We are looking for someone, hopefully a garden member, who would be interested in taking over the duties of looking after the bees. This is a very important role in our garden and automatically excludes you from having to participate in work parties as you will be spending your time looking after the garden bees 🙂 Of course you can participate in the work parties if you wish….
We need someone with beekeeping experience as well as someone who would be willing to act as a “bee ambassador” to people in the community who may ask questions about the bees while you are working, or to give small talks to groups, like school kids who are interested in knowing more about bees and how important they are.
If this role speaks to you or you know someone in the community (maybe waiting for a plot in the garden), please email Kate at ktvincent4@hotmail.ca. Thank you!

8247379786_2rdwr-1GROWING CHEFS

Love good food, gardening, cooking, and fun! Join us and other volunteers for our Classroom Gardening and Cooking Program, to teach kids how to grow and cook their own food!

Our friends Growing Chefs! need 150+ volunteers to offer their gardening & cooking program to 50 elementary school classrooms this spring. It’s a minimal commitment at just 4 hours a month March – June that can have a huge impact . Interested? http://bit.ly/2017gc

Interested in volunteering? Sign up today!

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Dreaming of Spring?

Plant seeds and inspire the next generation!

Become a Farm Friend volunteer with the Intergenerational Landed Learning Project and mentor children as stewards of healthy land, food, and community. Farm Friend volunteers work in intergenerational teams of one elder, one younger, and 3-5 elementary students to sow, grow, harvest prepare, and eat food crops at the UBC Farm.
Farm Friends commit 9 mornings (Wednesday or Thursday, approximately every other week) from late January-June to work and learn with their Farm Friend teams. Seniors particularly sought! On-call volunteers are also sought to fill in as needed and are encouraged to apply at any time throughout the year. New volunteers will be invited to a volunteer orientation mid-January.

Participants enjoy the company of a diverse, multi-age group interested in the environment and land-human-food connections while spending time in a wonderful, peaceful, urban farm setting. Volunteers are also invited to join in a variety of additional community-based opportunities for learning about land issues and food growing.

“Farm Friends” may be asked to participate in an educational research study that is a part of this project.

Apply online: http://landedlearning.educ.ubc.ca/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-with-us/
Questions?: landed.learning@ubc.ca or 604-822-4842

sole-food-logo-official-300SOLE 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 orgardening 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.

Work Schedule
• 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.
• Your time commitment is approx. 24 hours/week, Monday through Friday, with some room for flexibility if help is needed at the farmers markets or with weekend chores. There will be weeks at the start of the season where days are very short and weeks in the middle of the season when days are very long.
• The midseason work schedule starts at 6:30am with a half-hour lunch break and two . We aim to end by 3:00 pm every day. The exception may be on harvest days or for special projects when we can start as early as 6:30am and work as late as 5 pm.
• We will go over the duties, classes and chore schedule at the beginning of the season.
• Be punctual; be prepared to work at the designated time, with the necessary tools, and proper clothing. Closed toed shoes are required at all time on the farm and at the farmers market.
• A note about the seasonal volunteer program: five months is a short time to learn about urban farming. Please make the most of this time and consider it a serious
commitment of your time. You may request up to three days off during the season. In excess of those three days, we expect that you make up the time that you miss. Two weeks advance notice is required for time off requests.
• You will need rain gear, rubber boots, a sun hat, and a water bottle. Compensation
• 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.
• Stipends are distributed the last Friday of the month.

Our ideal candidate has:
• Physical ability to carry out farm tasks
• Lots of energy and highly motivated
• A mind for efficiency
• Open and positive communication skills
• A friendly personality and willingness to spend time with customers, chefs, and CSA members
• Interest in social enterprise
• Flexibility and a sense of humour!

To Apply
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
andrea@solefoodfarms.com
Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.

SALVATION ARMY BREAKFAST VOLUNTEERS

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Every Monday and Friday Here at the Salvation Army Vancouver Community and Family Services, we provide a hot breakfast to individuals and families in need. The breakfasts we serve are free, and consist of some classics items:: French toast, Pancakes, Muffins, Eggs, and of course Bacon.

We are currently seeking a few committed volunteers to join us on Monday or Friday mornings to assist in cooking breakfast. We begin at 7:30am and are usually finished cleaning up by 10:30am. We are specifically looking for individuals who have prior experience in cooking and have a valid food safe certificate. If you are interested and able to commit, but do not yet have your food safe, please do not hesitate to contact us via:

email: volunteer@salvationarmyvcfs.com
or phone: 604-872-7676