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Flemo Farm Market Garden Assistant

We are currently seeking the ideal candidate to fill the position of:

Flemo Farm Market Garden Assistant

At FoodShare, we advocate for food justice by supporting community-based food initiatives and through ongoing advocacy and public education. Our vision is a Toronto where all people can feed themselves, their loved ones, and their communities with dignity and joy. We operate on a people-first model that values fair compensation, policies that respect a work/life balance and the contributions of our team members at all levels.

Main Tasks:

Flemo Farm is a Community Engagement and Entrepreneurial Development (CEED) project that has transformed 1/2 acre of grass within the Flemingdon Park hydro corridor into an urban farm. Local residents are operating micro-farm businesses and FoodShare staff are growing produce that is donated to community members facing food insecurity. This summer, we are aiming to grow over 8,000 pounds of fresh produce to give away to residents, as well as coordinating the first farmers’ market located in Flemingdon Park and hosting workshops about food justice, farming, community gardening, and anti-oppression.

Please note: All job descriptions listed below will have COVID-19 protocols in place and are subject to alteration in the light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This position is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs Program and requires that the applicants:

  • Be between 15-30 years of age (inclusive)
  • Be Canadian Citizens, permanent residents, or persons on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations

Duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Full range of garden tasks/activities including seeding, transplanting, weeding, watering, pruning, fertilizing, pest & disease management, harvesting, washing, packaging, and storing.
  • Community Engagement activities including creating a welcoming environment for volunteers, mentoring gardening volunteers, leading garden tours, and potentially speaking at events or with the media about the garden as appropriate.
  • Participating in outreach activities through social media, building relationships with residents and stakeholders, distributing flyers, and putting up posters, as needed.
  • Working collaboratively with Farm Coordinators, other FoodShare and staff of partnering organizations to develop educational programming for communities members
  • Community compost exchange activities including promoting, receiving, recording and composting processes
  • Recording and managing of relevant production and marketing data
  • Farmer’s market activities including supplying, setting up and closing down, merchandising, customer service, mentoring and supporting volunteers,
  • Participating in Flemo Farm and FoodShare staff meetings, all staff training, and reporting requirements such as timesheets and handle other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least one year experience vegetable gardening, growing food, or working with plants
  • Demonstrated interest in community-led food projects and/or neighbourhood-based community organizing
  • Experience working with children, youth, adults, and/or seniors in Flemingdon Park
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of food justice and equity
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a diverse community (people of different ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds)
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to be punctual, reliable, and committed to successfully completing tasks
  • Effective communication and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of food systems, including growing, cooking, and composting, is an asset
  • Photography, videography, and social media skills are an asset

Job Requirements:

  • Must meet Canada Summer Jobs Program requirements, outlined above
  • Willingness to do physical labour outside in all weather conditions (rain or shine!)
  • Lifting and moving up to 40 pounds
  • Some evening work may be required (but you’ll always know well in advance)
  • Available to work Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00am to 3:00pm

Please note that the successful applicant will be required to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check. FoodShare will cover the cost of this requirement.

Salary: $24.00/Hour*

Benefits: daily lunch stipend, paid personal days, paid sick/wellness days

Duration: 8 weeks

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract, (35 hours per week)

Reports to: Flemo Farm Coordinators

Location(s) of Position: Flemo Farm, 150 Grenoble Drive, North York

Available positions: 2

Anticipated Start Day: June 15, 2022

* Note that as part of FoodShare’s commitment to equity, all staff get equal pay for equal work. As a result salaries and benefits are non-negotiable.

TO APPLY: Please submit your application by 9:00am on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Please note that we may only be able to contact candidates selected to move forward in the hiring process.

Selection Process:

  1. FoodShare’s recruitment process involves the anonymization of all resumes prior to their being screened by the hiring committee. This step removes applicant personal details (names, email, addresses), educational & employment institutions, years of work experience, and personal interests to reduce potential for bias. Please make sure to detail your experience in your resume/cover letter to ensure the committee has the information they need to assess your qualifications for the role. This process takes at least 2 weeks from the application deadline.
  2. The hiring committee will review anonymized versions of the applications that pass the initial screening and decide which candidates to invite to interview. This process usually takes about 1 week.
  3. The hiring committee will conduct first round interviews with selected candidates. Candidates will be sent the interview questions 48 hours in advance of their scheduled interview. Candidates are welcome, but not expected or required, to send any questions they have for the hiring committee in advance of the interview. These interviews usually occur about 4 weeks after the application deadline. In recognition of the time and labour of preparing for and attending an interview, FoodShare financially compensates interviewees at a fixed rate of $75 per interview.
  4. The hiring committee may conduct a second round of interviews, which may include a pre-interview assignment, which would be compensated.
  5. HR will conduct reference checks for the candidate they intend to extend an offer to. This process usually takes about 1 week.
  6. HR will send the selected candidate and Employment Agreement, which the candidate will have at least 1 week to review and return.

Please note:

FoodShare is a food justice organization. This means that we are committed to working to identify and dismantle systemic forms of oppression that cause and perpetuate food security inequities.

Racialized people and others from equity-seeking groups are over-represented in food insecurity and poverty statistics but are significantly under-represented in community-based food organizations. We believe that those most affected by an issue must have access to paid positions in organizations tasked with challenging poverty and food insecurity. FoodShare strives to create a workspace that reflects the diversity of identities and lived experiences that exist within the communities we work alongside.

If you require accommodation when navigating the application process, please contact hr@foodshare.net