Join Our Board of Directors!

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We are recruiting new board of directors members at our Annual General Meeting, coming up on Monday, November 6th, 6-8pm in the Greenhouse!

ABOUT THE CONCORDIA GREENHOUSE

The Concordia Greenhouse’s mission is to provide a welcoming, organic green space that fosters community by providing experiential learning opportunities within a year-round growing environment.

The Concordia Greenhouse Project is a collectively run, consensus-based, non-profit organization. It uses the Henry H. Hall Building rooftop greenhouse as an all-organic space geared towards community, education and sustainable horticulture. The Greenhouse is a year-round green space that hosts workshops, projects and events raising awareness around food issues and alternatives to mainstream consumerism.

We aspire to strengthen the urban agriculture movement at Concordia University and in Montreal by growing local produce using ecological practices, providing experiential learning opportunities through volunteering, internships and jobs, and networking with other like-minded individuals and organizations.

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APPLICATION

Would you like to further your involvement in the Concordia Greenhouse as an administrator on our Board of Directors? Submit your application to run for our election at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on November 6th from 6-8pm.  

During our AGM, members of the Concordia Greenhouse (undergraduate students, staff, volunteers and current board) will elect new board members.

What does being on the Board imply?

Being a member of the Board of Directors (BoD) is an excellent way to be more involved in the shaping of the Greenhouse activities and gain valuable experience working and collaborating within a non-profit organization!

It means you will be responsible for working with other board members and the collective itself to make some decisions about finances, governance, policy and future projects.

Board members are responsible for providing accountability to the vision of the organization, developing long and short term strategic plans and organizational policies and financial oversight, while  staff members fulfill the day to day operations and decision-making.

KEY FEATURES OF OUR 2017-2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Orientation and Board Training:

The initial orientation phase requires all new board members to attend a 2-day Orientation session to be held November 18 and 19, both full days.
Stability:

It is important for board members to have good communication skills, attend trainings, board meeting and their full-term in order for the organization to function smoothly and productively.

Time Commitment:

In general, you can expect to contribute between 5 and 10 hours per month on basic board member duties, which include monthly Board of directors (BOD) AND work group meetings.  As meetings take place on weekday evenings, members of the Concordia Greenhouse BOD should expect to participate in two weekday evening meetings per month.  Directors are expected to participate in at least one work group  (See: below), or they can volunteer to be the chairperson for a semester. In which case, expected duties would be, but not limited to: creating and sending out the meeting agenda, providing follow-up on assigned tasks, setting meeting schedule as well as ensuring proper attendance, ensuring meeting minutes are proper and filled in the right location, along with various other tasks related to meeting management.  Specific training will be provided to anyone wishing to fulfill this duty.  If interested, please indicate so in your application.

Work Groups

We are looking for new board members to join our team for the following work groups. A strong board has members with the skills that are needed to make informed decisions. This year, we have identified the following skillsets as most needed by our board.

Please take a look at each work group and the skills required and let us know what you can bring to our dynamic team! Please outline which work group(s) you are interested in joining and why in your application.

Fundraising and Outreach

  • Grant writing
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Community engagement

Strategic Planning

  • Project management: sufficient knowledge about greenhouse infrastructures and experience in development/implementation of substantial repairs – Furthermore, experience with managerial negotiations an asset.
  • Capital campaigns and/or campaign management

Finance

  • Background in accounting or financial management
  • Experience in financial policy development
  • Experience in setting long-term financial goals and the strategies to carry them out

Human Resources

  • Experience with hiring, evaluations and/or conflict resolution
  • Prior knowledge of various policies governing employment and conflict resolution within similar organisations (profit or non-profit)

 

Qualifications of board applicants

  • 18 years or older
  • Able to serve a one or two year commitment
  • Possess the skills and expertise required to address this year’s board priorities , as identified through the list of work groups

 

What is the process of becoming a Concordia Greenhouse Board member?

  1. Individuals contact the Concordia Greenhouse before Friday, October 27th and submit their application along with any questions you may have.
  2. Our team will arrange a meet and greet pre-interview to answer all your questions, and explore whether your profile is aligned with the needs and role on our board.
  3. A portion of your written statement will be posted on the Concordia Greenhouse website, and attached to the newsletter so the Concordia Greenhouse community has the opportunity to familiarize themselves with you in advance of the AGM. Please make sure your statement contains only information that you are comfortable sharing publicly.   
  4. Successful candidates must attend the Concordia Greenhouse’s AGM on Monday, November 6th, 6-8pm, where they will be asked to briefly present themselves in 1 minute or less.  
  5. The Concordia Greenhouse’s membership (undergraduate students, volunteers, staff and board) elects new board members at the AGM by private ballot.
  6. Board members must attend the mandatory board training, which will be scheduled for late Novemberduring the weekend.

Completed applications must be submitted no later than Friday, October 27th via email at concordiagreenhousebod@gmail.com

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CONCORDIA GREENHOUSE MICRO-GREENS C.S.A

Calling all sprout lovers!

The Concordia Greenhouse is now offering a Microgreen Community Supported Agriculture Program (aka CSA)!

HOW IT WORKS:

  • Pay a discounted amount for your weekly sprout order – $6.50 weekly (totaling $65.00), if you order for the 10 weeks (October – December) Possibility to sign up for later for a reduced period.
  • Each week, members will receive a large (200g) bag of sprouts each week, with two types to choose from: sunflower or mix (i.e. blend of Pea shoots, Radish, Sunflower and Buckwheat [gluten-free]).
  • This C.S.A. is a great way to save money (discount compared to retail prices) and guarantees you receive a supply of our super-popular and super-local sprouts each week!
  • Payment: by cash or cheque, to be paid in the Greenhouse office before receiving the first order.

Pick-up:

  • Monday-Wednesday (11am-5pm), Thursday (11am-3pm) at theConcordia Greenhouse (13th Floor – Hall Building).
  • Or, the Concordia Farmer’s Market, every Wednesday, from 12-6pm located on the 2nd floor of the Hall Building (in front of the Hive Café Co-op).
  • Holidays: there will be no sprout pick-up during holidays. In the event this university is closed on the Monday, you can pick up your order on the Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • If the microgreens are not picked up by 3pm on Thursday, the sprouts are donated to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard (by-donation dinner program run through the Multi-Faith and Spirituality Centre

For more information or to order your Micro-greens C.S.A. please contact us at fourseasonsgrowing@concordiagreenhouse.com

Or SIGN UP HERE!

We are OPEN!

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Hey everyone,

We are now open for the fall! Come visit anytime Monday – Friday 11am – 5pm for our public hours. We also host special events at night between 5-7pm. See EVENTS link on the toolbar above for full listings.

Fall Opt-Out Period – Fee Levy Refunds

The Concordia Greenhouse is collectively run organization that seeks to provide a safe space for group decision-making, with a foundation in anti-oppression. The greenhouse provides an environment for workshops, film screenings, research projects and community events, and is a springboard for spreading innovative solutions through popular education initiatives. The Concordia Greenhouse currently collects $0.24 cents per undergraduate student per credit annually. With your help, we will be able to accomplish more projects and make changes faster.

Should you wish to opt out of our fee levy our opt out period is the week following the last day for academic withdrawal and will be posted on our website and newsletter each semester.

In order to opt-out, please come to our office during the opt out period. We are located on the 13th floor of the Hall building at 1455 de Maisonneuve West, during our office hours (Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm, September 25th – October 6th) with your student ID card and student account record during the opt-out period and we’ll provide you with a refund. Refunds will be provided in cash at the fee levy rate of $0.12 per credit/per semester (for undergrads.) You can provide your student record in different ways: by showing your academic record via your own laptop or mobile phone; by logging onto to your myconcordia portal from a computer at our office; or by providing a printout of your record.

We can provide access to those with reduced mobility if you contact us to make an appointment. Email info@concordiagreenhouse.com or call 514-848-2424 x. 5134.

 

Four Seasons Growing Internships

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Four Seasons Growing Internships (3 positions available)

LOYC 420: Internship in Sustainability

The ​Concordia ​Greenhouse Project​ is looking for undergraduate​ students interested in taking the Internship in Sustainability credit LOYC 420 with us this Fall​. This position would assist with food production in the greenhouse over the Fall months. The internship requires 120 hours – to be completed between September 5th, 2017 and​ December 4th, 2017 – ​and includes assisting with planting, harvesting, pest control, and fertilizing (using organic growing practices), as well as with packaging and deliveries of produce.

This internship will build students’ experience with small business planning, food security and ecological growing methods.

Experience working with plants an asset. If you are interested please send your CV and cover letter to Andrew Alford at fourseasonsgrowing@concordiagreenhouse.com by Monday, August 28th, 2016.

Please contact Dr. Rebecca Tittler (rebecca.tittler@concordia.ca) for enrollment details.

Note: This internship can be in conjunction with other internship programs (with department approval).
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Farmers Market Stall Coordinator (1 position available)

LOYC 420: Internship in Sustainability

​The ​Concordia ​Greenhouse​ Project​​ is looking for an undergrad​uate​​ ​student​s​ interested in taking the Internship in Sustainability credit LOYC 420 with us this ​Fall​. This position would be primarily managing the Concordia Greenhouse’s farmers market stall (at the Concordia Farmers Market) during the Fall months. Availability on Wednesday’s is a requirement. The internship requires 120 hours to be completed between September 5th, 2017 and​ December 4th, 2017​ and includes managing the market stall, as well as, lending a hand in the plant production process.

This internship will build students’ experience with small business planning, local food marketing, food security and ecological growing methods.

Interest in local food systems is an asset. If you are interested please send your CV and cover letter to Andrew Alford​ at fourseasonsgrowing@concordiagreenhouse.com by Monday, August 2​8th, 2016.

Please contact Dr. Rebecca Tittler (rebecca.tittler@concordia.ca) for enrollment details.

Note: This internship can be in conjunction with other internship programs (with department approval).

Media and Outreach Internship

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The Concordia Greenhouse is looking for a Concordia student intern in the Communications program for an intern-ship starting this semester!

Tasks include:
-Publication of weekly newsletter
-Graphic design: Signs, posters, brochures
-Social media
-Outreach such as tabling at information kiosks on and off campus
-Assist with social events
-Special projects

This internship will build students’ experience with graphic design, working with clients for design projects, event hosting, product creation and marketing, teamwork, newsletter editing, social media and more!

(Required time: 8-10 hours weekly – total 120 hours)

Contact Sheena Swirlz at info@concordiagreenhouse.com for information or to send your CV.

Deadline to apply: August 27th
Availlable for credit through COMS394

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Food Sovereignty & Transformations Session

Internships

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN UNTIL AUGUST 22nd!

The Food Sovereignty & Transformation Session lasts for 3 months and is the third and final component of our City Farm School (CFS) Internship Program. Beginning September 4th and ending November 11th, this session focuses on harvest and transformation techniques, how to preserve what you grow, how to use gardening and growing as a source of community engagement and what is happening locally and globally in terms of food sovereignty and systems. It takes place in the downtown Concordia Greenhouse located at the top of the Hall Building and at the NDG farm at the Loyola Campus.

This stream requires 60 hours over the course of three months. If you are interested in applying for the full internship program, please go here. You do not have to be a Concordia Student to apply. This internship is open to everyone over the age of 18!

What you can expect to learn from this programme:

fundamental practices of organic vegetable gardening
principles of garden design and collective management
working with local populations and food
an understanding of local food systems, opportunities and challenges
how to design and facilitate workshops

The programme is divided into two main components – Education and Internship.

FULL DETAILS HERE

 

City Farm School Weekly Market Stand

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Every Tuesday, 5-7pm!

Directions:
Concordia University – Loyola Campus
7141 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal QC

The Loyola City Farm is located at the north end of campus, behind the Hingston residence and lecture hall. If coming from downtown, turn right (north) off of Sherbrooke onto West Broadway, take the first right into Loyola Campus, you will see a large field on your left. The garden is located right beside that field.

MAP:
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Our mission is to provide a welcoming, organic green space that fosters community by providing experiential learning opportunities within a year-round growing environment.