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FOOD GARDEN SHARING

Role: Garden managers (gardening experience desirable but not required)
Type: volunteer in exchange for food and training/mentoring (see below)
Organization: Urban Agriculture Cooperative
Location: downtown/central Toronto, Ontario

Urban Agriculture Cooperative is a community organization whose goal is to combat Food Insecurity and promote Social Inclusion.

UAC is a co-operative community improvement organization made up of a small group of committed and eager volunteers and homeowners who are working together to make use of unused garden space in the downtown core. Many homeowners in Toronto have garden space that they would like to use, or have in the past used, for gardening in various ways, however many of these individuals are elderly, disabled, injured or otherwise impaired and for this reason (or others) incapable of making use of their property. UAC connects these individuals with eager volunteers of all age groups who are interested in learning how to manage a small urban garden while also helping to engage disadvantaged people in meaningful activities and combating social marginalization.

With many urban cities around Canada and the world facing growing Food Insecurity and as the effects of climate change start to increase at a faster rate, the importance of the exploration of urban agriculture as a viable alternative to the commercial food production system is becoming of greater importance to governments everywhere. As the government invests in large scale community urban agriculture projects we at UAC are committed to connecting individuals with an interest in Food Security and Urban Agriculture with people who have the resources to actually engage in these activities but do not have the physical capability to do so.

Our goal is twofold:

  1. Promote Social Inclusion by fostering meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships between volunteers and homeowners.
  2. Combat Food Insecurity by making use of unused urban land to grow edibles to be divided between the host and the volunteer.

VOLUNTEER PROFILE

  • Excellent communication skills, ability to work well with others on a collaborative endeavor.
  • Conscientious and resilient; volunteers must be committed to maintaining their assigned garden project and mustn't be discouraged by setbacks.
  • Must be in good physical shape as duties often include lifting, bending down, digging and often other types of work.
  • Must have a keen interest in learning about urban agriculture and connecting in a meaningful and mutually beneficial way with socially marginalized people.
  • Must be willing to commit a minimum of four hours a week for the duration of three months in the summer June-August
  • Past experience in urban gardening or landscaping is desirable but not necessary.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU:

  • Food, volunteers are able to take home an agreed upon amount of the fresh produce grown on their assignment, usually around 50% and sometimes more depending on the agreement with the host.
  • Knowledge, hosts are often experienced gardeners who have already been actively involved in urban agriculture for many years and are eager to share their knowledge with volunteers.
  • Shared space for innovation, you as the volunteer have the right to an input into the decisions made in the garden, because UAC is a cooperative endeavor it is important to us that you as the are given the opportunity to engage in the activities that you want to pursue in the garden, it is not just a matter of you ‘working for the host’, the two of you are partners in a joint endeavour.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send resume and brief description of yourself to Devon at:
urbanagriculturecoop mask gmail.com*
with the subject header ‘Volunteer Position’

Deadline for applications this Summer will be June 1st.

We are thankful for all applications, however only selected applicants will be contacted.

When applying, please indicate that you saw this posting at GoodWork.ca.

*Email: The e-mail address above has been masked to prevent spam. Please copy the address or type it manually, add the @ sign, remove “mask” and any spaces.
 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 17 2018    ID: 45720