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Position Number: 2127
Position Title: Community Cultivator- Garden Support Volunteers
Organization Name: Ecosource
Area(s) of Interest: Environment & Conservation, Education & Learning, Recreation & Sports, Seasonal Support, Food Services
Position 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 (4 in all)
- Ongoing onsite evaluations of progress in cultivation/growth of the gardens' plantings (team/individual feedback)
- 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

Malton Community Garden,
3540 Morning Star Dr.
Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 11:30 am

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

St. Hilary Community Garden.
5070 Fairwind Dr.
Wednesdays, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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

Garden of the Valley
1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd.
Thursdays, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SEASONAL OPPORTUNITY - PLEASE APPLY ASAP, preferably before our first training session (March 27), and no later than April 30, 2019.
Goal of Position: 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.
Position 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
Training Details: 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 27 from 5pm-7pm.

Applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled.
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
Time Commitment: Monday Evening, Tuesday Morning, Tuesday Afternoon, Tuesday Evening, Wednesday Morning, Wednesday Afternoon, Wednesday Evening, Thursday Morning, Thursday Afternoon, Thursday Evening, Friday Evening, Anytime
Duration: Medium Term (4 - 6 months)
Time Detail: Community Cultivators will be divided into small garden teams assigned to one of our 6 community gardens. We will try to assign garden locations based on where you live.

Cultivators will attend 1 weekly maintenance session at their assigned garden and 1 monthly garden training session with all cultivators together on a monthly basis from May until October.
Application Due Date: 2019-04-30
Start Date: 2019-03-27
End Date: 2019-10-31
Min Age: 13
Ideal for: Individual, Newcomers, Older Adults
Location: Ecosource, Fairwind Drive, Mississauga, ON, Canada
Geographical Area(s): Mississauga
Police Check: No
Accessibility: Partially Accessible Workspace
Special Accommodations: Community Cultivators will work in our community gardens which are located in City of Mississauga parks and therefore vary greatly in the terrain. Some garden sites are more accessible than others, including a few with wheelchair accessible garden beds. We can assign sites with individual needs taken into consideration.
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Website: http://www.ecosource.ca
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EcosourceGreen
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