Position: Seasonal Volunteer
Organization: Sole Food Street Farms
Location: Vancouver, BC
2020 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 eleventh year of operation with two and a half acres of land in production, 25 employees, and over 40,000 lbs. of food produced annually. We have three farm sites in and around the Downtown Eastside, including three city-owned brownfields. We are modelling innovative ways of growing food in vacant urban spaces and in abandoned lots with contaminated soils. Our approach is re-envisioning 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, harvesting, post-harvest processing, 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 you 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, 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.
Our ideal candidate has:
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 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?
If you are interested in being the Processing Assistant/CSA Assistant or working the Trout Lake Farmers’ Market, please specify that in your cover letter.
Please email a completed application and resume to email@example.com — include “seasonal volunteer” in the subject line to ensure we receive your application.
Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Jan 24 2020 ID: 55772