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Position:
3006 - Urban Garden Volunteer - Growing for Our Good > Seasonal, in the Garden > Ages 7+
Organization:
Position Address:
Iceland Teaching Garden (behind the Arena) 705 Matheson Boulevard East, Mississauga, ON, Canada
Location:
Mississauga

Goal

The Growing For Our Good volunteer program will run throughout the growing season (May to October, 2022) at our Urban Teaching Garden (see MAP, below). Volunteers will help us grow local and organic produce for Mississauga food banks, while building skills in food growing and food preparation. Ecosource is an environmental education charity in Ontario serving children, youth, adults, and families with a focus on improving access to environmental engagement for all 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.


Description

No gardening experience necessary. You will take part in a variety of gardening tasks that reflect the annual growth cycle: weeding, preparing beds for planting, planting seeds, transplanting, and harvesting.Growing For Our Good (May through October) seeks to empower youth to provide skills along the whole journey of food - from planting, to harvesting, to how to eat the veggies! We'll also be looking at ways that we can share this info with the community through social media and other youth action. All levels of experience/interest are welcome to join. There will be something for everyone, and you are welcome to join us as a volunteer gardener at any point in the season.

APPLY EARLY as part your recreational plans for Spring/Summer 2022! Volunteers with 'profiles' in Volunteer MBC's Referral System can 'click' the yellow box 'Apply Now!' (above) to gain immediate access to our GOOGLE REGISTRATION FORM. You are invited to create a 'volunteer profile': https://volunteermbc.org/AdminEdit.php?ListType=ProfileADD

If you chose not to create a 'profile', you can still register or get more information: Please fill out the Google form link here: https://forms.gle/J7GuP2G48XSzFCV9A


Benefits

Excellent opportunity to connect with your community, address food security, learn about food justice, and connect with the environment through hands-on food growing + Healthy outdoor volunteering activity + High school students can receive credit towards their 'community service' volunteer hours graduation requirement


Qualifications

  • OPEN to all 7 years of age and up (Participants under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult)
  • No gardening experience is necessary
  • Moderate physical activity (dress to the weather, closed-toe footwear, hats, sun block, gardening gloves)
  • COVID-19 PPE may be required (volunteers will be advised)
  • Volunteers may attend one or multiple sessions
  • ALL volunteers must sign a Volunteer Form and COVID-19 Agreement prior to gardening
  • ALL who participate in this program must agree to the COVID-19 health and safety requirements at the Garden

SCREENING of APPLICATIONS (confirming your interest and registration), in view of COVID-19, will be 'virtual' (telephone/email/online interviews). After you apply, please monitor your 'Junk/Spam' email folders and leave space on your voicemail for communications from Ecosource.

Min Age: 7   
Police Check: Not required   
Resume:Not required   
Driver's Licence: Not required   
Proof of Vaccination: Not required


Time Commitment
This is a Any Duration commitment starting 2022-05-09 AND ending 2022-10-21
Shifts are available on the following days
 - Tuesday Morning, Tuesday Evening, Wednesday Morning, Thursday Morning, Thursday Evening

Multiple sessions will be available to attend weekly (mainly TUES/WED/THURS, some morning, some evening). Timing of volunteer sessions will change based on seasonal requirements (May to June, June to August, into the Fall).


Training

Orientation will be provided on-site, and Ecosource will respect and ask all participants to follow the health and safety protocols mandated by Peel Public Health (outlined in the COVID-19 Agreement). This includes measures like physical distancing, hand washing, mask wearing, and more. All tasks will be explained and demonstrated by Ecosource staff and volunteers.

Once you have APPLIED, and been registered (see DESCRIPTION, above)volunteers will be contacted to fill out any necessary waivers and COVID-19 Volunteer Agreement. You will also be provided a 'link' where you can book sessions to attend and garden.


More Details
Areas of Interest: Environment, Education & Learning, Seasonal/Special Event, Youth Programs, Food Services
Accessibility: Partially Accessible Workspace
Ideal for: Individuals, Groups, Newcomers, Older Adults
Apply before: 2022-10-21



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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