Community Farm Program Coordinator
Community Food GrowingFull TimeNorth York, ON
We are currently seeking the ideal candidate to fill the position of:
Community Farm Program Coordinator at Flemo Farm
At FoodShare, we advocate for food justice by supporting community-based food initiatives and through ongoing advocacy and public education. Our vision is a Toronto where all people can feed themselves, their loved ones, and their communities with dignity and joy. We operate on a people-first model that values fair compensation, policies that respect a work/life balance and the contributions of our team members at all levels.
Flemo Farm is a Community Engagement and Entrepreneurial Development (CEED) project that has transformed a 1/2 acre of grass within the Flemingdon Park hydro corridor into an urban farm. Local residents (Community Farmers) are operating micro-farm businesses and FoodShare staff are growing produce that is donated to community members facing food insecurity or sold to community. This position involves supervising, collaborating with, and training Community Farmers during the growing season; designing, collaborating on, and implementing workplans; overseeing farm development and operations; and supporting events in close collaboration with the Flemo Farm Community Engagement coordinator and Flemingdon Health Centre. This position also oversees a ¼ acre communal plot portion of the farm that is managed by FoodShare and is a space that engages local volunteers, visitors, and Community Farmers.
Note: If you do not have all the qualifications listed, but you think this job is perfect for you, we would still love to see your application.
Duties include (but are not limited to):
1. Oversee coordinated production plans for the space:
- Develop, implement, and coordinate production plans and systems: Lead all aspects of crop production, including soil management and field preparation, greenhouse seeding and seedling management, transplanting, direct seeding, weeding, irrigation, harvesting and post-harvest handling of produce.
- Liaise with community stakeholders and project partners to provide technical expertise and consultation and/or oversee the farm components such as irrigation, plant stock, storage units, fence, and compost
- Improve upon and implement fertility, weed, pest, and disease management plans for the site
- Maintain all required supplies, tools, and small farm machinery in good working condition
- Maintain attractive, productive, and ecologically friendly growing spaces, including controlling insects and weeds organically, monitoring fertility, and conducting formal field observation.
- Plan weekly harvest, including setting up systems for farmers, volunteers, and residents to participate and track yields.
- Support the community composting program at the farm site, including training farmers on the installation and maintenance of the system, and community outreach to use the system.
- Support the distribution channels for ongoing produce sales - ie. farmers market, Good Food Program staff, school cafeterias, food justice initiatives, etc.
- Oversee maintenance of farm implements, infrastructure, tools, and supplies, and budget for repairs, replacements, and upgrades.
2. Supervise and Train Farmer and Volunteers:
- Train and supervise other market garden staff, interns, and volunteers in all relevant aspects of crop production and marketing.
- Facilitate farm team meetings, and oversee the seasonal work plan as well as weekly and daily “to-do” lists.
- Convene and facilitate a Steering Committee comprising community members, farming experts, partners, and other stakeholders
- Coordinate the delivery of capacity building training and knowledge exchange sessions for farmers (crop planning, season extension, soil health, irrigation etc.)
- Coordinate the development of standards and ensure site safety through best practices for safe use of tools and supplies, and ensure people on-site receive training as appropriate.
3. Administrative Tasks
- Collect data and write monthly reports on market garden production and activities.
- Track revenues and expenses associated with Flemo Farm projects
- Ensure all relevant documentation/records are maintained and kept in a secure location
- Facilitate evaluation processes and support reporting to funders
- Participate in FoodShare staff and team meetings, all staff training, and reporting requirements (such as timesheets) and handle other duties as assigned
Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience
- Demonstrated commitment to the principles of food justice and anti-oppression.
- 2+ years of direct work experience managing a market garden/diversified vegetable farm
- Demonstrated experience working with multiple farm stakeholders
- Demonstrated ability to work respectfully with people of different ages, genders, abilities, cultural backgrounds, and individuals who experience marginalization
- Demonstrated experience managing administrative and financial activities associated with crop production, including well-developed budget and variance reporting experience.
- Demonstrated experience designing and implementing irrigation systems (including PVC piping, drip tape, sprinklers, and misters) for fields and wash/pack areas.
- Demonstrated facilitation skills for diverse groups with the ability to think quickly and creatively problem solve during workshops, tours, or group activities
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team
- Excellent communication and organizational skills with strong attention to detail.
- Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities, follow through, and meet deadlines.
- Familiarity and proficiency with G-Suite (Google Drive, Sheets, Docs, Calendar, Gmail)
- Repetitive tasks such as bending, crouching, lifting, and reaching.
- Full shifts standing and working on your feet.
- Use of hand tools and mechanized equipment.
- Regularly lifting 40+ lbs.
- Working outdoors in all kinds of weather (heat, sun, rain, cold).
- Available on weekends to support weekly Saturday farmers markets and outside of regular business hours, particularly during June - October
- Fully graduated G license. If you do not have your own vehicle to use and may rely on a FoodShare vehicle, you must also be insured for the past 3 years, be age 25 or older, and have a clean driver’s abstract (to allow for insurance coverage on all FoodShare vehicles)
- Must be legally authorized to work in Canada
Please note that the successful applicant will be required to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check, Food Handler Safety certification, and Standard First Aid + CPR certification. FoodShare will cover the cost of these certifications.
Salary: $56,000/year for 37.5 hours/week*
Benefits: Extended health and dental benefits with no waiting period; matching RRSP or TFSA contributions after successful completion of probation period; 4 weeks paid vacation, 1-2 week paid winter shutdown per year; daily lunch stipend, monthly cell phone and internet reimbursement available depending on work location; 20 paid sick/wellness days per year; 10 paid personal days; annual professional development funding*
Contract Type: Full-time, indefinite
Reports to: Community Food Growing Senior Manager
Supervise: Miziwe Biik job training staff, Seasonal Youth hired through Canada Summer Jobs and Focus on Youth students
Location: Flemo Farm, 150 Grenoble Drive, North York
Anticipated Start Day: July 11, 2022
* Note that as part of FoodShare’s commitment to equity, all staff get equal pay for equal work. As a result salaries and benefits are non-negotiable.
TO APPLY: Please your application by 9:00 am on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.
Please note that we may only be able to contact candidates selected to move forward in the hiring process.
- FoodShare’s recruitment process involves the anonymization of all resumes prior to their being screened by the hiring committee. This step removes applicant personal details (names, email, addresses), educational & employment institutions, years of work experience, and personal interests to reduce potential for bias. Please make sure to detail your experience in your resume/cover letter to ensure the committee has the information they need to assess your qualifications for the role. This process takes at least 2 weeks from the application deadline.
- The hiring committee will review anonymized versions of the applications that pass the initial screening and decide which candidates to invite to interview. This process usually takes about 1 week.
- Candidates selected by the hiring committee will be asked to share a copy of their driver’s license to be assessed for pre-approval with FoodShare’s vehicle insurance. This process usually takes 1-2 weeks and will go on while interviews are scheduled and conducted.
- The hiring committee will conduct first round interviews with selected candidates who are granted insurance pre-approval. Candidates will be sent the interview questions 48 hours in advance of their scheduled interview. Candidates are welcome, but not expected or required, to send any questions they have for the hiring committee in advance of the interview. These interviews usually occur about 4 weeks after the application deadline. In recognition of the time and labour of preparing for and attending an interview, FoodShare financially compensates interviewees at a fixed rate of $75 per interview.
- The hiring committee may conduct a second round of interviews, which may include a pre-interview assignment, which would be compensated.
- HR will conduct reference checks for the candidate they intend to extend an offer to. This process usually takes about 1 week.
- HR will send the selected candidate and Employment Agreement, which the candidate will have at least 1 week to review and return.
FoodShare is a food justice organization. This means that we are committed to working to identify and dismantle systemic forms of oppression that cause and perpetuate food security inequities.
Racialized people and others from equity-seeking groups are over-represented in food insecurity and poverty statistics but are significantly under-represented in community-based food organizations. We believe that those most affected by an issue must have access to paid positions in organizations tasked with challenging poverty and food insecurity. FoodShare strives to create a workspace that reflects the diversity of identities and lived experiences that exist within the communities we work alongside.
You may require accommodation during the application process. If that’s the case please do not hesitate to contact Human Resources at email@example.com at your earliest convenience to let them know what type of accommodation you need.