Become a Steward

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What Stewards Do

The Farm Stewards support Common Roots Urban Farm’s mission 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.   

Farm Stewards take one shift a week, from 3-6pm. We are not open Monday, but are open late Wednesday.

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.

This is a program through NSHA Volunteer Services

 

Activities/Tasks:

Social & Communicative:

·      greet and welcome the general public to the urban farm, provide tours

·      promote a safe and welcoming space for all

·      promote workshops and other farm events to plotters and public

·      update message boards, maintain daily journal of activities of the day

·      support the plotters including advice on maintaining a plot, farm supplies, systems, and procedures

·      attend occasional meetings and community-building celebrations

·      encourage/facilitate communication and help amongst all

 

Physical Maintenance:

·      care for your ‘Commons” garden area and plot section.  This includes planting, watering, weeding, edging, wood-chipping pathways, cleaning tools, picking up garbage etc.

·      accept donations of gardening equipment and plants

·      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:

·      All new volunteers must attend ten hours of training during the months of March and April. In 2017, the training sessions take place on the following dates: March 28, April 4,11,and 18 from 6:00-8:00pm.  80% attendance required.  The training sessions will involve learning about the organization and operation of the farm, basic farm skills and an understanding of team dynamics.

·      All volunteers must attend a one hour community plot orientation between April 14 and May 7, 2017.

 

Optional Training Opportunities:

Farm Stewards are welcome to attend any Common Roots Urban Farm workshop free of charge. 

Become a Steward

We accept applications for Farm Stewards in February and March each year.   Applications are submitted through NSHA Volunteer Services.    

The process involves filling out a form, attending an interview, and supplying a Criminal Record Check.

 

Training for Farm Stewards happens in late March – early April. The training sessions involve learning about the organization and operation of the farm, basic farm skills and an understanding of team dynamics.

Starting May 1, Farm Stewards take one shift a week caring for the farm.  The season ends with our Harvest Hootenanny & Pumpkin Smash, the weekend after Hallowe’en.

For more information, please inquire. 

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