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Join the team: (FFH)2 Urban Farm Coordinator

Posted on: April 17, 2023

Update: this posting is now closed.

Food From Home = Food For Home (FFH)2, with the support of 10C Shared Space (10C), is seeking a part-time (approx. 10 hours per week) Urban Farm Coordinator to support the (FFH)2 growing space located at 100 Westmount Road from May through September.  Coming into its fourth growing season, (FFH)2 is building capacity for newcomers in our community to produce and distribute culturally appropriate foods, connect new and experienced urban growers across generations to share knowledge and growing practices.

Responsibilities of the Urban Farm Coordinator will include:

Working closely with the Project Lead and staff (FFH)2 and the community of growers, the Coordinator will be responsible for the following areas of work including (but not limited to):

Urban farmer and volunteer recruitment and support

  • Coordination of growing space at 100 Westmount
  • On-going distribution of bins and growing space to individuals, families and “common growing areas”
  • Inventory and order growing supplies and inputs, including seeds, mulch, tools and compost
  • Monitor water levels at all times; communication about water-needs with participants; refill large tanks with help from participants
  • Manage directional and informative signage; commission, repair and install as needed
  • Make sure tools and materials are stored and organized; 
  • Teach proper use and care of urban farm tools (i.e. broadfork, secaturs)
  • Invite guests from other urban food growing groups to network; visit; plan visits with other sites

Hands-on growing and urban farm maintenance

  • With the other participants, maintain weed-free and mulched garden walking paths throughout; source weed-deterring materials to continue to suppress weeds through season 
  • Start seedlings in one or more facilities within the Guelph community; source extra seedlings from others

End of season support

  • Oversee and support growers and volunteers in cleaning the site
  • Cover beds for winter dormancy with appropriate materials
  • Support in the planning for next growing season
  • Store tools and equipment 

Plus other duties as required throughout the growing season.

The Urban Farm Coordinator will bring the following experiences and abilities to the role:

  • Hands-on experience in urban or rural growing of many different types of fruits and vegetables, flowers and herbs; interest in learning about other possible crops that could be grown in this climate and soil
  • Familiarity with growing terms and practices (i.e. mulching, trellising, planting, harvesting, pruning)
  • Comfortable speaking to and supporting multi-generational, multi-linguistic individuals and groups
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating a welcoming positive environment for any and all people who visit or work there
  • Capable of envisioning and delegating to make 100 Westmount a beautiful and well-organized multi-use place
  • Enthusiasm for delicious, locally-grown food and working very closely in community

Please note that preference will be given to a Coordinator who identifies a newcomer to Canada or comes from a family who immigrated to Canada in the last decade or so, and / or lives in the surrounding community.

Compensation & Details:

  • Position runs from early May until the end of September
  • 10 hours per week
  • Pay is based on $19.95 per hour (Ontario living wage)
  • Work schedule to be determined based on individual schedule and the needs of the role and team. Hours of work will include some evening and weekend work.

Next steps:

Please an email employment@10carden.ca indicating your interest in the role and answering the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in this role?
  • What experience in and / or enthusiasm for growing do you bring?

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

There is no set application deadline and we will post until the position is filled.  Please send your application or be in touch as soon as possible.

We are excited to meet you!

10C is committed to learning, equity and building a diverse community in which everyone has the opportunity to contribute and thrive. We welcome team members with the knowledge and skills to productively work with diverse communities. 10C specifically encourages applications from those across race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, and lived experiences.

Especially for the position of Urban Farm Coordinator, please know that 10C values lived experience alongside educational and workplace experience. If you are comfortable highlighting your lived experience in your application, this will help us consider your application in a holistic way.

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