Nature’s Path is running a Gardens for Good contest where the winning gardens all get $5,000 to spend on their community gardens, BUT we need your vote to win the prize. These funds will help us bring more students, community members, and plants into our Nexway̓s wa lh7áy̓nexw Garden (Transformed Life Garden)! You can vote by clicking HERE. Be sure to check your email to confirm your vote after!
Join our team! We’re looking for: Britannia šxʷqʷeləwən ct Indigenous Gardener
The Grandview Woodland Food Connection at Britannia Community Centre is cultivating a connection to the land, food growing knowledge and skills throughout our garden programs. We work with students and community members in our 10,000 sq. ft. garden areas where folks can gain hands-on food growing experience and ecological knowledge, while providing freshly grown veggies and fruits for various school and community food programs. The šxʷqʷeləwən ct (One heart, one mind) garden surrounding the Carving Pavilion, is a garden full of native plants that have cultural, medicinal, household, and food uses. The close-by Nexway̓s wa lh7áy̓nexw (Transformed Life) Garden provides learning and growing space for students and community members as well as rentable community plots where we can grow food with our Neighbours. We are looking for a gardener to help care for our gardens and our community.
With support from a team, the Britannia šxʷqʷeləwən ct Indigenous Gardener is responsible for a variety of tasks, which can include heavy physical effort and agility and the use of hand and/or motorized tools used for Britannia’s Indigenous Food Gardens maintenance. The successful candidate may be required to support garden volunteers and communicate with community members. This role will contribute to the overall care and maintenance of Britannia’s Indigenous Food Gardens, which are learning gardens & community gathering spaces. Under direct supervision, this position will be responsible for the care and development of assigned areas and will work collaboratively with staff and volunteers.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
The successful candidate must have sufficient physical strength, stamina and coordination to perform heavy physical labour; ability to lift, push and pull heavy objects; ability to walk or stand continuously with frequent bending or twisting; ability to work close to moving machinery and in high traffic areas; ability to work on ladders, ability to work outside in all weather conditions, and on uneven surfaces; ability to use a variety of tools and equipment.
The Britannia šxʷqʷeləwən ct Indigenous Gardener will be responsible for a variety of garden horticulture tasks including digging, planting, weeding, pruning, cultivating, fertilizing, sweeping and clearing pathways, waste management such as composting, as well as other duties as required. Plants, prunes, and cares for trees; cares for Indigenous gardens, and urban food garden areas; answers a variety of horticultural and recreational questions from the public; works collaboratively with one or more assistants engaged in parks horticultural and maintenance tasks.
Education and Experience:
- Up to completion of high school and some work experience in basic labour;
- Horticulture training or experience an asset.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Physically able to do garden work & physical labour in all weather conditions
- Some gardening & Indigenous plant knowledge with a desire to learn more
- Knowledge of local Indigenous Nations and protocols
- Ability to work collaboratively with a team
- Passionate about building community & supporting food security with dignity
- Access to a phone/computer for communication & coordination (although could work around this)
- Confident working independently
- Ability to work with marginalized & vulnerable community members (pass a criminal record check)
- Knowledge of safe work procedures
- Some knowledge of Indigenous plant care.
- Sound knowledge of the tools, materials and equipment used in urban and Indigenous agriculture work.
- Some knowledge of construction and landscape maintenance tasks.
- Some knowledge of the functions of the branch concerned and the establish practices in carrying out the work. Ability to exercise some independence of judgement and action in the routine or simple aspects of the work.
- Ability to courteously answer questions and deal with the public.
- Sufficient physical strength, stamina and coordination to permit the performance of heavy manual outdoor work in all weather.
- Knowledge and understanding of current and historical Indigenous issues, cultures, practices, Indigenous cultural safety, cultural humility, Indigenous-specific racism, anti-racism, equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigenous worldview is required.
Hours: Flexible work hours that will vary depending on the needs of the garden and the community. We expect that the hours will vary with the season, with a maximum of 16 hours per week in the growing season (April-September), and a maximum of 8 hours per week in the off season (October-March).
Compensation: $30 per hour (contract position)
Term: April 2022 – December 2023
Work Location: Britannia Community Centre
To Apply: Please email your resume and cover letter by April 13th, 2022 to Ruth Elizabeth Briggs (she/her) at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process.
Nearly 14 months ago, the City of Vancouver went into pandemic lockdown. The streets were empty, many social service supports closed doors including foodbank depots, food shelves were being cleared out as people began to stockpile food, grocery delivery was weeks behind demand, and so on. We feared many people, especially those most vulnerable with compromised health were without safe and adequate food access. Together with Britannia Community Centre, we deemed emergency food delivery an essential service and kicked into high gear delivering healthy food hampers to over 700 households throughout “East Vancouver”.
Now 14 months later, our COVID Emergency Food Delivery Program is ending as funding comes to a close and life resumes to a new normalcy….It has been quite the ride and we are all very proud of the work that we have accomplished with the help of over 200 community food activists (volunteers). I have said repeatedly, that these activists represent the spirit of “East Vancouver” for which this work could not have happened.
All food recipients have been particularly grateful and we are happy to have helped lessen people’s stress through the worst of COVID. I am left with a couple of lovely stories, one by a woman who told us that she actually is feeling healthier since receiving our hampers loaded with nutritious food and lots of fruits and veggies that she was not eating previously. Another woman thought our program was funded through the Ministry of Health and that is was a healthy eating program.
While most all people would like to see our program continue, we do not want to entrench this type of program, but rather focus more energy on policy change and advocacy for a better social supports system, including such programs as a universal basic income that will ensure that people have the financial means to purchase healthy food of their own choosing.
In closing we are happy to present our COVID Year End Report.
You’re invited! Enjoy free online events with the Bringing the Salmon Home Festival May 10-16, 2021. Join diverse guest speakers including Indigenous leaders, knowledge keepers, artists, writers, nutritionists, chefs and biologists for insightful conversations and presentations.
The Grandview Woodland Food Connection will be hiring a new coordinator! After 14 years, I am stepping down as coordinator to open up space for a new person with fresh ideas and energy to take over. This is an amazing opportunity and particularly interesting time for someone interested in developing meaningful work in food security. COVID has revealed many weaknesses in our food system along with a subsequent interest in food security within community, but also at the government level. The GWFC has a great reputation as a leading food security organization in “Vancouver” and has helped support and develop a much stronger community food culture locally and city-wide. This position will also work closely with Britannia Community centre and help build a significant new food hub at Britannia in the coming years……
For some reason City posting does not specify pay….starts at pay grade 20 step one at $32.52 plus a % in lieu of benefits..
Please share this job posting widely…..
Thank you….Ian Marcuse
FoodFit is back with a 6-week on-line (ZOOM) program for community members who experience barriers around healthy eating and physical activity but who are motivated to make lasting changes to their health. The program combines fun, hands-on cooking sessions and food-based activities with take-home recipes, easy-to-understand nutrition information, group exercise, shared meals, self-directed individual and group goal-setting, and reflection and feedback loops that monitor and reinforce individual and group progress.
Foodfit is funded by Community Food Centres Canada and in partnership with REACH Community Health Centre and Britannia Community Centre.
To register, please call Ian at 604-718-5828