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Position: 2715 - Field-to-Table Volunteer
Organization: Ecosource
Position Address: St. Hilary Elementary School, 5070 Fairwind Drive, Mississauga, ON, Canada
Location: Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon
Accessibility: Fully Accessible Workplace
Ideal for: Individual, Newcomers, Older Adults
Growing, cooking, and eating food is an integral part of community building, as well as environmental impact. At the Ecosource Community Hub (see 'Goal', below), we offer a range of field-to-table education opportunities for the broader community, and the 'Field-to-Table Volunteer' supports these community workshops and events. This position will allow volunteers to gain hands-on experience in an organic garden, a commercial kitchen, and experience working with community members.

Field-to-Table Volunteers will have the opportunity to gain a minimum of 15 hours of volunteer service.

> Lead small groups through workshop activities;
> Develop social enterprise goods to support local food;
> Set up garden or kitchen space for workshops;
> Support general kitchen operations;
> Clean and put away workshop materials and kitchen equipment.

PLEASE APPLY FOR THIS INTERESTING VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, given that community service that relates to the environment is VERY POPULAR. Thank you!

Ecosource is an environmental education charity in Ontario serving children, youth, adults, and families with a focus on improving access to environmental engagement for marginalized communities. Since 1979, we have expanded from Mississauga into other areas of Peel region and beyond to promote waste reduction, urban agriculture, sustainability education, nature connection, and youth leadership.

Our 'Field-to-Table Volunteer' will support community programs at the Ecosource Community Hub (Hilary Elementary School, with on-site facilities, including a teaching kitchen and community garden - see 'Map', below). These programs foster learning and hands-on experiences around growing and eating local food. The 'Field-to-Table Volunteer' position helps facilitate these workshops through guiding and supporting participants, while having the volunteer learn about local food, gardening, and cooking along the way!

During your volunteering to support community workshops and events, you will:
+ Learn about local food and environmental issues from dedicated, knowledgeable, and experienced program leaders;
+ Learn food handling skills (health & safety), PLUS enhance your cooking and food prep skills;
+ Enhance your sustainable urban gardening and social enterprise skills;
+ Gain experience in a commercial kitchen space;
+ Gain experience volunteering with a wide and diverse demographic, while promoting 'diversity & inclusiveness';
+ Have the opportunity to expand your personal 'connectivity' in your local community, contributing to food security and sustainability initiatives.

>>> Secondary school students may earn hours towards their '40 hours' community service graduation requirement

Position Qualifications
● You have a passion for food and the environment, plus a willingness to learn!
● You are able and willing to commit to attending a minimum of 3 workshops (MINIMUM 15 hours of volunteering).
● Participants (or their guardians/parents, if applicable) will be asked to sign an engagement form.

Min Age: 15    Police Check: No

Time Commitment
Duration:Any Duration
Start Date:2020-02-01
End Date:2020-10-31
FLEXIBLE volunteer schedule, but please note commitment to the minimum number of workshops (see 'Position Qualifications', above).
PLEASE NOTE the next available orientation and training: March 31, 2020, for all volunteers.

All participants will receive mentorship and training throughout the year. Our next orientation & training will take place on March 31, 2020. However, you are welcome to join at any point in the year.

Area(s) of Interest: Environment, Education & Learning, Seasonal/Special Event, Youth Programs, Food Services, Program Coordination
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