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Position: 2736 - Community Cultivator- Garden Support Volunteers
Organization: Ecosource
Position Address: Ecosource, Fairwind Drive, Mississauga, ON, Canada
Location: Mississauga
Accessibility: Partially Accessible Workspace
Ideal for: Individual, Newcomers, Older Adults
Description
This program requires a commitment for the whole growing season (March to October), and includes:

- Weekly 2-hour sessions tending to an Ecosource community garden from May to October
- Regular training sessions on small-scale sustainable agriculture (about once a month)
- Ongoing onsite evaluations of progress in cultivation/growth of the gardens' plantings
- Community events, including garden potlucks, cooking workshops and a farm trip
- New friends and social connections will be made

Sign up for one of the following Weekly sessions:

Churchill Meadows Community Garden
3715 Thomas St.
Tuesdays, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Parkway Green Generation Garden
385 Meadows Blvd.
Tuesdays, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Hancock Woodlands Community Garden
2151 Camilla Rd.
Thursdays, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Malton Community Garden
3540 Morning Star Dr.
Day and time to be determined

Hillside Community Garden
1311 Kelly Rd.
Wednesdays, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

St. Hilary Community Garden
5070 Fairwind Dr.
Thursdays, 9:00 am - 11:00 am


SEASONAL OPPORTUNITY - PLEASE APPLY ASAP, preferably before our first training session (March 10th ), we will accept applications until the program is full or up to April 15, 2020.

Goal
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.

As an Ecosource Community Cultivator, you will help us steward community gardens and grow food for local food banks. You will also have the opportunity to learn about creating value-added products from the garden. In exchange, we will give you the training, skills and confidence to manage your own garden, and hands-on experience to put your learning into action.

Benefits
+ Gain/enhance valuable skills/experience which can be applied to your own garden!
+ Enjoy a productive outdoor activity
+ Opportunity to volunteer with like-minded people (enjoy the teamwork, while making new friends)
+ Tend a garden that will supply fresh, healthy produce for a local food bank
+ Every other week, you will have the opportunity to take food home for yourself
+ Personal satisfaction that your efforts will contribute to valuable community outreach
+ Secondary school students will have the opportunity to earn hours towards their '40 hour' community service graduation requirement

Position Qualifications
● ALL SKILL LEVELS WELCOME! (Learn as you volunteer!)
● Enthusiasm and commitment to be hands-on as part of a team of volunteers, plus garden independently and responsibly, as needed
● Ability and commitment to keep to a (weekly) schedule (and periodic training) over the growing season (successful, productive gardening requires regular care/maintenance)
● Willingness to garden in a variety of weather conditions
Min Age: 13    Police Check: No

Time Commitment
Duration:Medium Term (4 - 6 months)
Due Date:2020-04-15
Start Date:2020-03-10
End Date:2020-04-15
Tuesday Morning, Tuesday Afternoon, Tuesday Evening, Wednesday Afternoon, Wednesday Evening, Thursday Morning, Thursday Afternoon, Thursday Evening, Anytime
Community Cultivators will be divided into small garden teams assigned to one of our 6 community gardens. We do our best to assign garden locations based on your preferences.

Cultivators will attend 1 weekly maintenance session at their assigned garden from May to October and 1 monthly garden training session with all cultivators together from March to October.

Training
Contact Laura Penney at lpenney@ecosource.ca to learn more about this program.

The first Orientation and training session will take place at Ecosource on March 10, 2020, from 5pm to 7pm.

Applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled.

Area(s) of Interest: Environment, Education & Learning, Sports & Recreation, Seasonal/Special Event, Food Services
How to Contact
Send an Email Message
Social Media
http://www.ecosource.ca
http://www.facebook.com/EcosourceGreen
http://twitter.com/EcosourceGreen
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH6znVn4QSjr5XY8LLbPP9w


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