Join the Food From Home Project!

 

“Food from Home = Food for Home (FFH)² is a sub-project of "The Art of Soil Collective" which supports community, healthy soil and creative engagement of all kinds in the service of ecological-social justice and healing.”

We are looking for volunteers to work alongside us in creating a beautiful, bountiful and inspiring community project: Food from Home = Food for Home. Applicants need to have a genuine interest/action towards the concrete work of anti-racism/humanizing relations, environmental stewardship, and food justice in an urban setting. 

“We especially love to welcome volunteers and allies of BIPOC communities new to Guelph & Wellington County.”

Positions available include:

  • Student Horticultural Volunteer
  • Social Media Assistant
  • General Farm Volunteer
  • Grant Writer
Student Horticultural Volunteer

This volunteer position is for someone who has a keen interest in learning about growing food, flowers, and medicine through hands-on horticultural experiences. This position includes physically intensive labour such as weeding and moving soil & compost with shovels and wheelbarrows. 6 positions to fill.

Location: 100 Westmount Road, “The Youth Farm”, See map below. Accessible by public transport, (Route 3)

Duties:

  • Planting, weeding, watering, filling the rain barrels, helping to manage bugs and pests through physical and organic (non-toxic) means, cutting the grass, picking vegetables, weighing the vegetables, laying down cardboard to kill weeds, working alongside (FFH)2 Participants in our urban farm space, keeping our structures and perimeters clean and clear of weeds, seed saving.
  • Moving materials such as water, compost, and other items around the farm space
  • Assisting with horticultural activities such as seeding production and plant care.

Commitment: Short Term to Long Term (2 months minimum): Between May 01 and October 31st. 2-4 hours per week.

Contact: artofsoilcollective@gmail.com Dr. Karen Houle.

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Social Media Volunteer

This position is for someone who has a great interest in working with us on our social media platforms for outreach and maximizing community involvement & engagement, and getting the word about about this kind of local eco-justice project. Previous Social Media and/or Media design (such as Canva) experience is an asset. This position encompasses a variety of tasks (see below).

2 positions to fill.

Location: our project (the small urban organic farm) is located at 100 Westmount Road, “The Youth Farm”, See map below. Accessible by public transport, (Route 3). Social media volunteers will be expected to visit the farm to take photos, do snapshot interviews, etc. on a regular basis.

Duties:

  • Taking & editing photos, collecting & editing photos from members, providing relevant and timely posts on our socials, Designing, and writing posts and stories, assisting with community engagement tasks such as online polls and Q/As working alongside our FFH2 Participants.
  • Assisting with media-related administration such as distributing and collecting Media consent forms.
  • Outreach and communication with like-minded groups in the City-County, and around the globe!

Responsibilities:

  • Be willing to learn and participate in all orientation, training programs, and community meetings/get togethers.
  • Communicate with FFH2 team members regularly, don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Commitment:

Short Term (2- 4 months) ; Medium Term (4-6 months, during the growing season) ; Long Term (up to 1 year)

Contact: artofsoilcollective@gmail.com, Dr. Karen Houle, please find more information about this project here.

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General Urban Farm Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers of any age and ability to work alongside us in creating a beautiful and bountiful space for our community project, Food from Home = Food for Home. The most crucial thing is that applicants need to have a authentic commitment towards anti-racism, environmental stewardship and food justice. This position encompasses a variety of tasks (see below).

No of Positions: 10

Location: 100 Westmount Road, “The Youth Farm”, See map below. Accessible by public transport (Route # 3)

Duties: (can be adjusted according to needs and abilities) 

  • Planting, weeding, watering, filling the large rain barrels with the hose from the adjacent school, controlling bugs and pests with non-toxic means (physical and organic), cutting the grass around the raised beds, weed whacking, picking vegetables, weighing the vegetables, laying down cardboard to kill weeds, tying up climbing vegetables, working alongside and helping out FFH2
  • Participants of our urban Farm space to support whatever is needed on any given day, weather- and crop and community-depending.
  • Moving materials such as water, soil, compost, and other items around the farm space via wheelbarrow
  • Assisting with repairs and/or builds of needed farm infrastructure (ie. Trellises, row covers, etc)
  • Actively problem solving (seeing what is not working; brainstorming cost-effective, ecologically-safe and hands-on collective solutions)

Responsibilities:

  • Be willing to learn and participate in orientation, training programs, and community meetings/get togethers.
  • Communicate with FFH2 team members regularly, don’t be afraid to ask questions!
  • Dress appropriately for the weather and environment, wear something you can get dirty in!

Commitment: Short Term (2 to 4 months) ; Medium Term (4 months to 6 months) ; Long Term (Up to 1 full growing cycle). Minimum: 2 hours per week, each week.

Contact: artofsoilcollective@gmail.com, attn. Dr. Karen Houle

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 Grant Writer-Fundraiser 

This position is for someone who has a great interest in working with us on grant writing and fundraising. We are currently in our final year of a 3-year short-term funding cycle and are looking for ways to continue this project into the future with a permanent project site; permanent funding for staffing. This volunteer will lead the way in finding funding and support opportunities for this magical project. Previous grant writing and fundraising experience is what we need. This position encompasses a variety of tasks (see below).  Applicants need to have a great interest/action towards acts of anti-racism/humanity, environmental stewardship, and food justice. 

2 positions to fill.

Duties:

  • Study and understand the history, structure, objectives, programs and financial needs of this very new organization.
  • Research & investigate grant opportunities from government and non-government agencies.
  • Work with us to draft grant proposals and supporting documents based on the funding requirements of the organization.
  • Work with us to submit proposals for collective review.
  • Maintain positive relationships with fund providers and other stakeholders.
  • Maintain records and submit reports related to grant opportunities on a timeline.

Responsibilities:

  • Be willing to learn and participate in orientation, training programs, and community meetings/get togethers.
  • Communicate with FFH2 team members regularly, don’t be afraid to ask questions and offer suggestions!

Commitment:

Short Term (Up to 4 months) ; Medium Term (4 months to 1 year) ; Long Term (More than 1 year)

Contact: artofsoilcollective@gmail.com, Dr. Karen Houle

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