The days are getting longer and we are starting to look forward to the coming season at Common Roots BiHi park!

This year at CRUF BiHi we are asking that interested volunteers apply with a resume. This is not to make sure that you have expert growing skills or any fancy credentials! It is an opportunity to get to know you a little better! Once you have been in touch I (Sara, CRUF BiHi Coordinator) will be in touch for a phone chat or to sit down for a coffee to find out a little more about your interests volunteering at CRUF BiHi.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you and meeting you!

All of the details of the position are below!

Farm Steward Volunteer Job Description

Days:    Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday – choose one day weekly

Hours per day:    3:00-6:00 pm Tues & Thurs; 2:00 – 5:00 Sat

Commitment (months):     April 15 – October 31, 2020

Volunteers required:          15 (5 volunteers per shift)

Location of Program:

Common Roots Urban Farm BiHi Park at the bottom of Bayers Road, across from the Bayers Road Centre

Contact: 

Sara Burgess, Common Roots Urban Farm Coordinator BiHi Park, MetroWorks

Phone: 902-210-4694     

Email: sburgess@mymetroworks.ca

Overview of Program: 

Our Urban Farm is a hybrid garden combining a market garden, common gardens, and common space.  Our mission is to promote healthy lifestyles and landscapes through hands-on education about the growing and eating healthy food.  The communal areas of the farm are cared for by the Farm Stewards. Farm Stewards also act as hosts on the farm, greeting visitors and answering questions. The communal areas include gardens to plant, weed, water, and share, and infrastructure to maintain and tidy such as the tools and watering systems. Farm Steward volunteers get to spend a whole season on the farm, being physically active and outside, socially active and meeting new people, plus learning and sharing knowledge about urban agriculture, gardening and growing community.  Farm Stewards get access to a shared community garden plot, plus commons gardens so should be able to take home small amounts of fresh herbs, flowers, and/or veggies each shift.

Read more at: www.commonrootsurbanfarm.ca

Activities/Tasks:

Social & Communicative:

  • greet and welcome the general public to the urban farm, provide an overview of the farm
  • promote a safe and welcoming space for all 
  • promote workshops and other farm events to plotters and public 
  • update daily journal of activities of the day
  • attend occasional meetings and community-building celebrations
  • encourage/facilitate communication and help amongst all

Physical Maintenance:

  • care for common areas of the garden. Some care of the market garden may be needed. This includes planting, watering, weeding, wood-chipping pathways, cleaning tools, picking up garbage etc.
  • help keep things tidy

Skills Required:

  • reliable
  • friendly, mature and self-directed
  • participate in moderate physical activity
  • good communication and social interaction skills
  • good decision making and problem solving skills
  • knowledge of basic gardening an asset but no gardening or farming experience is required

Training and other requirements:

  • All new volunteers must attend three training sessions in April. The training sessions take place on the following dates: Wednesday, April 15, Wednesday, April 22, from 6:00-8:00pm and Wednesday, April 29 from 5:30 – 7:30pm. These sessions are open to new and returning volunteers.  The training sessions will involve learning about the organization and operation of the farm, basic farm skills, and team building. The training April 29 includes a workshop
  • All volunteers must attend a one hour community plot orientation between April 14 and May 7, 2020.
  • All volunteers must get a Criminal Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector Check. MetroWorks will help to cover the cost of these documents.

Optional Training Opportunities:

  • Hosts are welcome to attend any CRUF workshop free of charge. 

Benefits to the volunteer:

  • Learn about ecological gardening and sustainable farming practices from staff, other volunteers and visitors
  • Meet new people 
  • Help develop the culture and practices of the Common Roots Urban Farm
  • Share knowledge with interested people
  • Encourage environmental and health-promoting behavior

Dress Code:

Volunteers will be working outside so clothing appropriate for changing weather conditions should be worn during the gardening season.  All volunteers are required to wear a shoe, boot or sneaker that has closed toes and heels. Sun hat and sunscreen strongly encouraged. Please bring your own water bottle with enough water to stay hydrated all shift.

To Apply:Please send an email with resume attached to: sburgess@mymetroworks.ca