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Summer Jobs at FoodShare

School Grown Facilitator

Number of positions available: 2
* Note: This is a Canada Summer Jobs position.  Applicants must be 30 years of age or under, currently attending school full-time and returning to school full-time in the fall. *

Position Overview

FoodShare Toronto is looking to hire an energetic and experienced youth facilitator to assist in the operation of our schoolyard market gardens. The School Grown Facilitator will work alongside the School Grown Senior Coordinator and our fourteen high school youth employees in a small-scale farming operation with an educational mandate.

The ideal candidate would have demonstrated experience working with high school youth (ages 16 to 19) and enjoy outdoor work. Previous experience with gardening or farming is not essential, but the candidate must have a willingness to learn, a strong work ethic and a positive energy. We will teach you what we know and provide opportunities to further your learning.

Urban Agriculture Assistant

FoodShare Toronto is looking for a 30.5hrs/wk Urban Agriculture Assistant for a summer eight week job to work with our urban agriculture team in our demonstrations, which include our outdoor gardens, greenhouse, composting system and rooftop garden. This individual must have strong experience and skill in growing food, leading workshops and working with volunteers.

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Growing Public Food — *NEW* Case Studies

Guest blog from Project SOIL

Project SOIL is a feasibility study that explores the potential of on-site food production for public institutions through arrangements with local producers, particularly where access to farmland is limited and expensive. By encouraging and facilitating these partnerships, we aim to test the potential for growing mutually beneficial relationships, while increasing the production and consumption of fresh food.

With funding from the New Directions program of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, we have started five pilot initiatives, producing food on-site at health care, social service and educational institutions. There is significant interest in the project, and many institutions across the province are contemplating or starting their own food production pilots. However, the pathway from pilot to viable core program can seem lengthy and fraught with challenges.

To support these initiatives, and provide useful examples from which to learn, we have produced four in-depth case studies of existing models that have achieved significant annual production:

These case studies represent food production models that developed over years, and required time, resources and commitment to achieve significant scale. In each case study, we document the history, resources, partnerships and lessons that enabled each to grow and prosper in their own way.

For more information, and to download pdf versions, please visit our Case Studies page, or contact Phil Mount (pmount@wlu.ca) or Irena Knezevic (Irena.Knezevic@carleton.ca).


Food, Diversity and Inclusion

For those in the Kitchener-Waterloo area and beyond…

You are invited to join us for an evening with

Malik Yakini
Founding member and Executive Director, Detroit Black Food Security Network, D’town Farm co-founder

Joseph Leblanc
Founding board member and President of True North Community Co-operative

Utcha Sawyers
Food Justice and Community Food Animation, FoodShare, Toronto

We will explore ‘Food, diversity and inclusion’

Dessert and coffee will be served
Thursday, March 20
6:30 – 8:30

Balsillie School of International Affairs (Multipurpose Room #142)
67 Erb Street West
Waterloo, ON N2L 6C2

You can sign up to attend the event at:
Seating limited

Please circulate widely

Event organized by the
Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Wilfrid Laurier University
New College, University of Toronto

Festival of Good Food Ideas

A Festival of Food Ideas Welcomes Food Leaders From Across Canada in Montreal

MONTREAL, November 20, 2013 – Food organizations from across Canada will be joining Montreal-based food groups for a feast of good food ideas on Tuesday November 26th. Over 200 individuals and organizations are expected to take part in the event, which is catered by Montreal’s food movement including restaurants and food banks, much of it with local and sustainably sourced ingredients, as well as guest speakers and live musical entertainment.

The Festival of Food Ideas is being hosted by Food Secure Canada as part of activities surrounding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) being held in Montreal the next day. Over the course of the evening, participants will share food and stories about food, as well as discuss their challenges, successes and hopes for an equitable, healthy and more local food system.

Award-winning Abenaki film-maker Alanis Obomsawin will open the evening with a song and acclaimed Quebec writer and social activist Laure Waridel will deliver a keynote address. Featured speakers will talk about the on the ground solutions to our broken food system. They include Nick Saul (co-author of The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement) and Debbie Field (Executive Director of Toronto’s FoodShare which delivers healthy, locally sourced meals daily for over 150,000 kids) and Isabelle St-Germain (who will speak of Equiterre’s groundbreaking work on food from the farm to the court room).  Musical entertainment is being provided by jazz pianist and singer Jessica Vigneault (daughter of Gilles Vigneault), Juno award-winner Paulo Ramos, and percussionist Daniel Bellagarde (draft program).

The event is the Montreal launch of Food Secure Canada, whose bustling head office was opened in Montreal just over a year ago. Major partners for the event include Espace La Fontaine, a beautiful bistro in the heart of the park, as well as USC Canada, a leading development organization that has just launched a global seed map and the J. W. McConnell Foundation, and UNIFOR. Several community organizations – Santropol roulant, Regroupement des Cuisines Collectives, Moisson Montréal and local businesses are also supporting the event.  See the complete list of sponsors.

The event is free and open to the public. A donation in the amount of your last restaurant meal is suggested for those who would like to contribute towards the cost of the event.

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