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Foodfit facilitator

Location: Britannia Community Centre, Vancouver

We are looking for a highly-motivated and effective person to join our tightly-knit, collaborative team. We need someone who is in equal part excited by the big picture vision of what we are doing and by the details of what is required to make it happen — an idealist and a pragmatist. This person will be primarily responsible for the planning and delivery of the FoodFit program run in partnership with the Grandview Woodland Food Connection and REACH Community Health Centre but also liaise with the FoodFit team at Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC).

The ideal candidate should be very comfortable running a kitchen, have some background
in nutrition and/or food skills programming and food safety, have experience with delivering community-based group programs, be comfortable with basic office computer programs, be supportive of program evaluation and reporting, and, above all, have excellent motivational skills. Innova on and exibility are important traits that can contribute to program success and improvements, but facilitators should commit to deliver the FoodFit program as directed.

Responsibilities

  • Recruit and intake FoodFit participants
  • Fulfill FoodFit grant reporting requirements
  • Deliver ready-made 12 week program focused on increasing healthier food and exercise knowledge, engaging participants in a 30 minute walk or other physical activity, teaching food skills and recipes to prepare weekly snacks and meals, overseeing food safety in a busy kitchen
  • Recruit and manage program volunteers
  • Contribute to program improvements based on your experience and participant feedback
  • Seek out suitable community partners to support program delivery (e.g. yoga or tai chi instructors, nurse or nursing students to take vitals with participants, etc.)
  • Motivate participants to achieve success in the program

Qualifications

  • 2+ years of experience in any area of nutrition, public health, food skills, kitchen management, social program delivery, personal training
  • Knowledge of community-based food programs and understanding of hunger/poverty/ food system issues
  • Knowledge of the link between food, physical activity and physical/mental health outcomes
  • Experience with working with low-income community members an asset
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills.
Contract: Start Date March 1, 2018 - End Date March 31, 2020
Compensation: $23/hr (approximately 10 - 25 hrs week. Scheduling of program will require     some flexibility)

Please email your cover letter and resume to gwfcnetwork@gmail.com by February 26, 5pm. Specify FoodFit Program Facilitator in the subject line. Feel free to contact Ian Marcuse at 604-718-5895 with any questions pertaining to this job posting.THE FOODFIT PROGRAM

The FoodFit program was developed by a medical doctor with special interests in preventative care and chronic disease management, and informed by nutritionists, CFCC senior programs and research/evaluation staff and CFC program coordinators. The FoodFit Program was piloted by CFCC in 2014 – the results from the pilot program proved that the program was creating significant changes in FoodFit participants and, with feedback from FoodFit alumni and the FoodFit facilitators under the leadership of Kate Van at The Local CFC, the program was modified and improved to a point where CFCC felt it worthwhile rolling the program out among interested CFCs and GFOs.

The FoodFit program is delivered by a trained facilitator over 12 weeks to groups of 10
to 15 low-income adult participants and involving 1 to 2 program volunteers (preferably participant volunteers in subsequent programs). The FoodFit facilitator will be expected to run 2 concurrent programs for 12 weeks, 3 times (total of 6 sessions) over the length of the contract. Participants work with the facilitator through an intake process prior to starting the program which involves signing a waiver, a pledge of commitment, tracking daily fruit and vegetable consumption and daily steps, taking biometric measurements, completing a pre- program survey and introducing individual goal setting. The program can be run as a mid-day lunch program or an early evening dinner program. Participants gather once a week and
each program session is 3 hours in duration and involves three key areas: a 30 minute group physical activity, a healthy-eating or physical activity knowledge module, and a cooking skills session followed by a shared group meal. Participants are encouraged to monitor their actions and reflections on weekly physical activity, healthy eating practices and social connectedness in their FoodFit journal. At the end of the program, participants complete an end-program survey, track their daily fruit and vegetable consumption and daily steps, and take their biometric measurements. 3 to 6 months after completing the FoodFit program, participants will be asked to complete a post-program survey.

For participants who have completed the FoodFit program, facilitators may offer a biweekly or monthly FoodFit Alumni group meeting of 3 hours duration which will cover a knowledge module requested by group members, a 30 minute group physical activity and a food skills and meal sharing session.

The FoodFit approach is based on the principles of motivational interviewing – that is to elicit participants’ own motivation for change – and “nudge theories” that attempt to move people from where their current attitudes and circumstances place them toward realistic, sustainable healthier behaviours. Constructs of Stages of Change Model, Cognitive Change Theory and Social Ecological Model of behaviour change theory have been incorporated in the program development including: participants assessing their readiness for change (e.g. healthier changes I can live with activity, wellness pledge); experiential learning (e.g. cooking skills exercises, label reading); role modelling (e.g. participants returning as volunteers); observational learning (e.g. food demonstrations); goal setting (e.g. group and individual goal setting); reinforcement (e.g. serving a “healthy plate” at meal sharing); self-monitoring (e.g. step counts, fruit and veg counts, journals); social networking/community connections (e.g. Food Fit alumni participating in community events, lasting friendships made, referrals to community advocates); organizational level ethos (e.g. Good Food Principles).

THE FOODFIT CURRICULUM

Week Topic

  1. Introduction to FoodFit: distribution of program manuals, journaling, physical activities introduction, knife skills demonstrations.
  2. Healthy Eating: discussion of whole foods and processed foods, what a healthy plate looks like, practice at-home strength exercises, healthy choices you can live with, group goal setting.
  3. Sweet Treats: discovering sugar contents of common foods, cu ng back on hidden and added sugars.
  4. Simple Salads: making more vegetables and fruit a habit, “power” foods, making salads and homemade salad dressings.
  5. Protein Choices: the importance of healthy protein, cooking meat, legumes and beans dishes.
  6. Whole Grains: discovering whole grains, making half of your daily grains whole grains.
  7. Soups and Stews: tips on making one-pot meals, building a pantry, food storage guidelines, making a basic soup stock from scratch.
  8. Shop Smart: grocery store tour, reading nutrition labels, how to make wraps and healthy fillings.
  9. Recipe Makeover: healthy recipe makeovers, healthy substitution activity.
  10. Breakfast Solutions: healthy breakfast options not to be skipped, how to make smoothies.
  11. Growing Herbs: avouring with herbs instead of salt, hidden salt activity, growing your own herbs at home.
  12. FoodFit Wrap Up: improvising meals with a mystery ingredient box and sharing the creative results for the FoodFit graduation meal.

EDIBLE GARDEN PROJECT FARMER

EMPLOYEE: 30-40 hrs/week (scheduling flexible) COMPENSATION: $20.00/hr
BENEFITS: Eligible after three months’ probation

Application Deadline: Friday, March 2, 2018 – Interviews are set on a rolling basis
Submit application to: admin@ediblegardenproject.com

The North Shore Neighbourhood House is a not-for-profit registered charity serving the North Shore community since 1939. We believe working together to meet the grassroots needs of our neighbours, especially our most vulnerable residents is essential to building a safe, healthy and strong community. The House values and promotes cooperation, respect and empowerment through the provision of programs and services designed to meet the needs of individuals and the community as a whole.

The Edible Garden Project (EGP) is a program of North Shore Neighbourhood House. The EGP is actively increasing land used for food production, building knowledge and skills around food gardening and working with municipalities to increase opportunities for urban agriculture.

Position Summary:

The Farm Team will be responsible for all farm operations and Sharing Gardens growing support. Loutet Farm and the Sutherland Schoolyard Market Garden strive to reach financial self-sufficiency while serving as models of local sustainable food production and providing hands-on learning opportunities to the community. The Farmer reports to the EGP Program Manager and will coordinate the Farm Hand(s) and Volunteer Farm Interns, while working collaboratively with the EGP team. The Farmer will work up to 40 hours per week to develop, coordinate, supervise and promote farm activities. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about food security and environmental sustainability initiatives.

Responsibilities:

  • Day to day management of the farms operations.
  • Crop planning, implementation and maintenance.
  • Coordinate harvest and sale of produce.
  • Track farm sales and revenue.
  • Maintain accurate records of farm activities.
  • Maintain, develop and/or improve the site to the standards defined by the City of North Vancouver and School District #44 in License to Use agreements.
  • Coordinate Farmhand, Volunteer Farm Interns, and community volunteers.
  • Coordinate farm specific volunteer programs and tours (Market volunteers, Volunteer Farm internship, Harvest drop-in).
  • Coordinate with Edible Garden Project staff community volunteers, events and programs that take place on the farm.
  • Maintain and build relationships with community partners (ie. Maplewood Farm, restaurant and retail, community neighbors, Sutherland/School District staff, City of North Vancouver staff, etc.).
  • Excellent communication skills.

Required skills and experience:

  • 2+ years experience in a mixed vegetable direct market farm enterprise.
  • 1+ years experience in customer service, cash handling, or running farm market sales.
  • 1+ years experience supervising or coordinating groups of 2-20 volunteers.
  • Excellent communication skills, and a great team player.
  • Ability to work long hours and maintain a flexible schedule (weekend and evening work required May -October).
  • Ability to bend, squat and lift up to 50+ lbs safely.
  • Reasonable proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, Google Drive, Gmail, and ability to track data.
  • You will require access to a vehicle and the flexibility to work weekends and some evenings.

    Bonus Assets:

  • Reasonable proficiency using power drills, saws, and basic construction tools.
  • 2+ years experience working in a non-profit environment or social enterprise.
  • 2+ years experience in outdoor/experiential education.
  • FoodSafe Certification.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.
  • Apiary certification.
  • First aid certificate.

    Please apply with your resume and a one-page cover letter. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. All local shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview. Upon offer of this contract position, the completion of a Criminal Record Check is required.

To submit your application:

Email subject line: FIRST NAME_LAST NAME_Farmer
Cover Letter and Resume: Please send as One PDF document, 3 page maximum (1 page cover letter, 2 page resume) with this file name: FIRST NAME_LAST NAME_Farmer
Email to: admin@ediblegardenproject.com

Only successful applicants will be contacted for interviews. Thank you and good luck.

 UBC FARM PRACTICUM FIELD MENTOR

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) at UBC Farm is a 24-hectare teaching, research and community farm located on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus. The UBC Farm is the largest urban farm in Vancouver, and situated on a site just minutes from the beach and from Pacific Spirit Regional Park, as well as countless cultural amenities available in Vancouver — truly a world-class learning and recreational destination. More information about the Centre can be found at http://ubcfarm.ubc.ca/.

The Practicum Field Mentor works in collaboration with the Practicum Coordinator and CSFS/UBC Farm Staff to provide day-to-day field instruction and supervision to the CSFS / UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture students as well as assisting with annual and/or perennial crop production. The goal of the UBC Farm Practicum program is to inspire and cultivate new farmers and food sustainability leaders who will transform their communities and their food systems through initiatives and enterprises that are economically, socially, and ecologically healthy and viable.

We are seeking an energetic and inspired person to work with the UBC Farm team to support the growth of our Practicum students and participate in the success of UBC Farm’s production and sales program. The ideal candidate is self-motivated, highly adaptable, and an excellent team leader and facilitator. For more information on the CSFS/UBC Farm Practicum program, please visit http://ubcfarm.ubc.ca/community/practicum-in-sustainable-agriculture/

Full job description and application information:
http://ubcfarm.ubc.ca/jobs/

Application deadline is February 19th, 2018.

TSawwassen Farm School SUMMER STUDENT JOB

Position: Farm Hand – Summer Student
Type: summer job / summer student position / FT
Organization: KPU Tsawwassen Farm School
Location: Tsawwassen, Delta / Greater Vancouver, BC

Preference will be given to the candidates who fulfil the following requirements:
1. Returning full-time student in Fall 2017
2. Aged between 15 to 30
3. Canadian Citizen, PR, or of Refugee Status

The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems is hiring for the position of a Farm Hand for the Tsawwassen Farm School to work full-time over the summer months. We are looking for a motivated individual who will work closely with the Tsawwassen Farm Manager and other farm staff in operating the farm. This individual must be passionate, have excellent customer relation skills and knowledgeable about small-scale, organic agriculture production, and hold values that align with ISFS and Tsawwassen Farm School.

How to Apply

Start date: April 1st, 2018
End date: October 31srth, 2018 (open fornegotiation)

Submit your cover letter and resume to:
Caroline Chiu, Farm School Coordinator at: caroline.chiu@kpu.ca
Micheal Robinson, Farm Manager at: micheal.robinson@kpu.ca

Please review the job posting for full details on this position. Thank you for applying.
Application will be open until position is filled.
When applying, please indicate that you saw this posting at GoodWork.ca.

Glorious Organics Co-operative Farm – Farm hands
Location: Aldergove B.C

We are a certified organic vegetable farm, farming 5.5 acres on a 20 acre community farm co-
operative. We have been farming as a certified organic farm for the past 30 years in the Fraser

Valley. We are a community co-operative farm existing on Fraser Common Farm and running
Glorious Organics on the land. There are many members of our farm consisting of folks of all
ages and skill set who are not necessarily farmers as we are also a housing co-operative. We
are seeking 4 full-time persons to farm with us beginning in the April-May 2016 season until the
end of October.
Work will include:
-Bed preparation
-weeding by hand or hand tools
-transplanting
-Weed whacking/mowing
-Harvesting
-cleaning, sorting and packing vegetables
-filling restaurant orders
-seed saving
-cleaning eggs/chicken coops
-building maintenance
-machine maintenance
-irrigation
-field record keeping
-Greenhouse maintenance and pruning

The work can be physically demanding (bending and lifting), and repetitive (weeding and
transplanting). Being physically fit is a must. Work will be performed in all kinds of weather,
outside as well as in poly greenhouses. We are looking for people who are willing to learn, can
work efficiently and quickly and independently after being trained.

We sell at 3 farmers markets, (Trout lake, Kitslano, and White Rock) run a 80 member CSA and sell much of our products to restaurants in the Vancouver area. We grow salad greens. flowers, herbs, fruit, all sorts of veggies and save much of our own seeds. We are a founding member of BC ECO SEEDS co-operative and sell many of our seeds through this co-op as well as having their office based on our farm.

We have some housing available on farm. Rent being $400.00 a month with all utilities included,
even internet. Pay is 11.35hr to start plus 4% vacation pay ( Plus farm produce ) with about
40hrs a week available the beginning of the season and moving into about 50 hrs a week in the
heat of the season. If your’e interested in the position please don’t hesitate to contact us at
info@gloriousorganics.com attention Mark, David or Donna. We are looking for in face
interviews only. If you cannot come and speak with us about the position in person please do
not apply. As we are a co-operative sharing land with others we must meet you in order to have
you live and work with us.

Victory Gardens – PAID POSITIONS

Victory Gardens needs your help! We are looking for a fellow veggie-loving comrade to join our team and help people grow food right here in Vancouver, BC. Are you a person who is committed to creating a positive impact towards a more sustainable food system? Are you driven to provide an opportunity for people to connect to their food source in a fun and accessible way? Do you want to work in an environment that is meaningful and innovative? We feel you! By joining the team at VG, you’ll not only be playing an active role in making Vancouver more healthy and sustainable, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a dynamic and driven team while getting hands-on experience with a start-up social enterprise in an environment that is team-focused, supportive and spreads a positive message! Application Deadline: January 28th, 2018

Check out the positions here

 

SOLE FOOD

Sole Food is currently looking for a Farm Supervisor and a Distribution Coordinator for next season.  Please check out our job postings below!  Feel free to pass them on to anyone who might be interested.
Farm Supervisor:
Distribution Coordinator:

FARM WORKER, SALTSPRING ISLAND

Farm: Earth Candy Farm
Location: Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

We are looking for a full time, permanent employee to join our farm team. The position is for 32 hours per week, from March through November, with a holiday period December-February (although part time work is available during this period). There are affordable, on-site, living opportunities if that is suitable for a prospective employee. The wage for this job is $15/hour.

Our dream is to bring someone on who is interested in farming as a career path and would like to make Salt Spring Island their home for the next few years. The successful candidate will be mentored by the owner-operators, however previous farming experience is required. Despite the fact that this is a paid job and not a communal work/life situation, we recognize that there is still an aspect of community interconnectedness to the experience. As a result, our philosophy with employees is to invest in their goals and dreams equally as they invest in ours.

We began farming because we believe it makes a considerable difference to the health of our planet and because food is the first step to the health of our fellow humans. We also simply enjoy growing food and flowers; being outside in our beautiful garden and combining creativity and artistry to overcome challenges and slowly fill in the canvas of our farm. We strive to grow nutrient dense food and make it as accessible as possible. Our onsite farm store is a big part of our service and we offer a variety of staple ingredients (such as nuts and grains) at bulk prices, to complement the produce and flowers that we grow.

The nuts and bolts of our project are as follows:

  • 1.5 acre market garden, with mixed vegetables, berries, and cut-flowers
  • All produce sold through our onsite farm store, which is open on Saturdays year round. We also hope to open on a second day this summer.
  • Flowers are sold through the farm store, wholesaled off island, and used for local weddings and events.
  • Garden is not certified organic but we employ organic practices such as cover cropping, reduced tillage, reduced plastic use, certified organic compost and amendments, organic seeds, and crop rotation.
  • Various animals are integrated into our system, including pigs, ducks, and goats.

The ideal employee will have the following skills:

  • Self motivated. Able to work alone or alongside senior and junior farm staff. Interest and ability to direct others as season progresses.
  • Good judgement. Makes decisions independently or ask for advice, depending on the situation.
  • Follows written and oral instructions effectively and correctly.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of the big picture, both in attitude and in execution of tasks.
  • Considerate, positive, honest, and has a good sense of humour!
  • Passionate about farming, local food, ecology, food accessibility, community, and being in the outdoors.
  • Comfortable working at a fast pace, with attention to detail, in wet/cold/hot weather.
  • At least one season of previous farming experience is required.

We look forward to hearing from you! Please send a resume and cover letter to Claire:
claire.jutras mask gmail.com

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

 

Giddy Up and Grow

Are you in love with farming but not the challenges of seasons or weather?  Do you want to live where home prices are a tad more affordable than the bustling city of Vancouver?  Do you love the Fraser Valley and all it has to offer:  biking, boating, fishing, skiing, camping, great food and lots of open space?

Giddy Up & Grow is a year-round operation located in an industrial warehouse in beautiful Mission, BC.   We harvest and deliver crops twice weekly to several large grocery retailers and juice bars in a diesel powered, refrigerated Sprinter van.  Our growing method uses vertical growing technology, ie racks and lights.  Our growing method is organic, sustainable and reliable.

  • Production: We have a well-developed production system allowing for year-round growing of shoots and wheatgrass
  • Social Media Presence: Giddy Up  has established and active networks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as a website.
  • Solid Customer Base: …and growing.

Giddy Up & Grow is seeking a motivated person(s) and take over ownership of the business.  Farming experience is not necessary as training will be provided.  Or add this business to your current farming business and expand into year-round growing.  The warehouse is great for starting seedlings and the refrigerated truck keeps your produce nice and cool.

If you are interested please email us giddyupgrass@gmail.com  telling us a little about yourself and why this opportunity appeals to you.

ORGANIC GARDENER

Small organic veggie gardening business in Vancouver is looking for an on-call helper/ gardener (or a person with gardening experience), helping out on an hourly basis with the perspective for more work during the summer months. Building of raised beds, soil moving, seeding, planting, maintenance of vegetable gardens. $15-$20/h depending on experience. Driver’s licence is required.
Info – companiongardens@gmail.com

unnamedBIKE DELIVERY AND MICROGREEN FARm Assistant 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Delivery (by bicycle) of our microgreens to our fine chefs. We have a unique trailer system that is compatible with most bikes
  • Active participation in harvesting is also a key component of this position

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong cycling skills are a must
  • Interest in urban agriculture activities and passionate about sustainability and local food systems
  • Fun and easygoing personality
  • Ability to work quickly, pay attention to small details and carry on a conversation simultaneously
  • Exhibits reliability and commitment to our organization
  • Must be able to perform physical labour on a daily basis
  • The candidate must have their own bike and be very comfortable pulling a small delivery trailer as well.
  • Ability to perform bike deliveries of our products in all weather conditions. (Remember Vancouver experiences lots of rain!)
  • Farming, gardening or experience working with your hands considered an asset

IMPORTANT DETAILS

  • 2 Part-time Contract position available (16-30 hours weekly for 6 months minimum with the hopes someone will stay with us for the long-term). Mandatory work days are Wednesdays & Fridays (both positions) with additional days available.
  • Start time: ASAP (interviewing immediately)
  • Pay: Starting pay is $12/hr + weekly microgreens AND end of contract bonus $.50/hr retroactive pay AND Company ski pass to Seymour Mountain
  • Opportunity to move up within the company as we continue to grow & expand

APPLICATION:

To be considered for this position you must fill our Bike Delivery application found HERE. Please submit an introduction of yourself and why you would think you could be a good fit with us, a resume and any questions you may have about us or the position to:
aaron@skyharvest.ca

http://www.skyharvest.ca