Want to start a project in the Greenhouse? Email us at email@example.com to learn more.
ADMISSION GUIDELINES: VISITING PROJECTS & DISCRETIONARY FUNDING
There are several ways in which individuals or groups can work within the Greenhouse space, according to their project idea, requirements and needs. There is also a Board Discretionary Funding budget for projects that are looking for capital.
Visiting projects are usually small-scale, experimental projects that may run from several weeks to an entire school year. These projects run independently of the Greenhouse’s regular operations and an official request must be submitted to the Greenhouse Collective in order for the project to continue for longer than one school year. Furthermore, visiting projects can (and should) try to incorporate learning and volunteer opportunities for Greenhouse members. Visiting project groups can be comprised of both students and community members, with at least one current student per project. We encourage all projects to consider the Concordia Greenhouse mission and vision, including issues related to sustainability, urban agriculture, innovative ecological practices, educational models and Concordia community involvement.
Each visiting project must have an appointed representative who will act as a main contact for the project. Projects must submit a summary report of the project no later than one month following the completion of their project, or by October 1st of each year for ongoing/long-term projects. Visiting projects do not share the Concordia Greenhouse budget, although they may request resources (financial or otherwise). Funding and fundraising needs must be clearly outlined in the project application, and will be assessed on a by-needs basis, according to the Greenhouse’s financial timeline. Please note that the Concordia Greenhouse sets its yearly budget in August, and a review and update is completed in January.
Concordia Greenhouse Projects are internally run and fully integrated into the Greenhouse’s general operations and re-occur yearly. It is possible for a visiting project that is deemed to be successful and beneficial to the Concordia Greenhouse and its community to become a Concordia Greenhouse Project. If this were the case, staff members paid by the Concordia Greenhouse may be asked to join the Collective in order to take part in discussions and decisions to do with general Greenhouse operations in relation to the organization and the project. This decision would be made by the Collective and Board of Directors, following a request from a visiting project to be considered a Greenhouse Project.
Although each project has its own organizational structure, the Concordia Greenhouse Constitution acts as a set of common guidelines and ethics for their organizational development and interpersonal relationships within the Greenhouse, and the community at large. All projects must adhere to Concordia Greenhouse hygiene and cleanup regulations. No chemical pesticides or fertilizers are permitted in the Greenhouse, however some exceptions can be negotiated with Greenhouse staff. Finally, all projects must mention the Concordia Greenhouse as a supporter and host site for the project’s implementation.
Applications for Visiting Project are accepted on an ongoing basis, year-round. Completed applications can be submitted to the Greenhouse Collective in writing (Concordia Greenhouse office, 1455 de Maisonneuve W., H3G 1M8, 13th floor), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once proposals are submitted, the Collective will review the application at their next meeting (held every two weeks). Projects will be assessed according to the Concordia Greenhouse’s current resources, including factors such as:
● Space restrictions
● Financial feasibility
● Use of appropriate, non-toxic soil and plant amendments (fertilizers and pest control)
● Adequate human resources/participants to run the project
● Project timeline (several week commitment vs.year-long)
● Relevance to the Concordia Greenhouse’s mission and vision
● Relevance to current environmental and sustainable issues
Following the application review, the project representative will then be contacted within one month of the project submission. Applicants are welcome to request a meeting with a Collective member representative in order to discuss the application and the Collective’s decision. If the project is accepted, the project leader will be be invited to discuss the project in more detail with a Collective member prior to launching the project, and an contract must be signed by all parties.
Applications for Board Discretionary funding are accepted throughout the year, but are reviewed on a quarterly basis. The Board will disperse a percentage of their fund at these reviews and projects can apply for up to 250$ per quarter.
Completed applications can be submitted to the Greenhouse Collective in writing (Concordia Greenhouse office, 1455 de Maisonneuve W., H3G 1M8, 13th floor), or by email at email@example.com.
Four Seasons Growing Internships (4 positions available)
LOYC 420: Internship in Sustainability
Interested in food security, and growing your own food year-round using organic methods? The Concordia Greenhouse Project is looking for undergraduate students interested in taking the Internship in Sustainability credit LOYC 420 with for the Winter 2018 semester. During this internship, you would learn how to grow greens year long in a greenhouse context, focusing specifically on planting, harvesting, pest control, fertilization, packaging and deliveries. The internship requires 120 hours – to be completed between January 8th, 2017 and April 13th, 2017.
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 Charleen Kotiuga at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, December 11th at 5pm.
Please contact Dr. Rebecca Tittler (email@example.com) for enrollment details.
Note: This internship can be in conjunction with other internship programs (with department approval).
The Concordia Greenhouse is looking for a Concordia student intern in the Communications program for an internship starting this semester!
-Publication of weekly newsletter
-Graphic design: Signs, posters, brochures
-Outreach events, such as tabling at information kiosks on campus
-Assist with social events
-Special outreach and media 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information or to send your CV.
Deadline to apply: December 8th, 2017
Availlable for credit through COMS394 and LOYC420
We would like to thank our 2016-2017 Board of Directors for the past year of work and welcome in our newly elected board!
Welcome to the team! Looking forward to an exciting year ahead!
Emmerika Alexander – Community member
Popz Dominguez – Concordia undergraduate
Darren Shield – Community member
Prisca Ayassamy – Community member
Susan Carmichael – Community member
Diana Moallem – Community member
Now announcing our 2017 Board of directors applicants!
Please take a look and if you are a Concordia undergraduate or a member of the Concordia Greenhouse make sure to come to our Annual General Meeting on Monday, November 6th, 6-8pm!
Emmerika Alexander – Concordia Undergraduate
Hey! My name is Emmerika Alexander (Emmy) and I sat on the board for the Greenhouse this past year. I participated in the market gardener internship with City Farm School the session of 2016 and just can’t seem to leave:) I am a stickler for homegrown organizations that service its surrounding community. One of my many loves is the environment and I have every intention of spreading a little love wherever I go.
Nicole Blouet – Community
J’aimerais poser ma candidature pour un poste d’administrateur sur votre conseil d’administration. Je possède une vingtaine d’années d’expérience en comptabilité, administration et gestion des ressources humaines. Je suis une personne responsable et rigoureuse. L’alimentation bio et manger sainement font partie de mon nouveau mode de vie. J’aimerais m’impliquer et participer à vos ateliers de formation.J’ai une très bonne disponibilité. Ma langue maternelle est le français mais je comprends très bien l’anglais.Je travaille présentement au ministère de l’économie,des sciences et de l’innovation. Nous avons des programmes d’aide financière en économie sociale.
Popz Dominguez – Concordia Undergraduate
My name is Popz Dominguez and I’m doing my BComm in Accountancy as a mature entrant at Concordia. For the past ten years, I have worked in Accounting for the film and television industry where I was able to gain relevant experience applicable to the Board of Director position at Concordia Greenhouse. As such, I’m hoping to serve as part of the Finance work group and make valuable contribution to the team. In addition, I can also be of value to Human Resources work group as I have experience with hiring, training, and managing staff members.
I’ve held positions such as Financial Analyst and Production Controller where my main duties included budget analysis, cost reporting, financing applications, financial reporting, and internal audit. I have extensive experience collaborating with other team members to finish both short‐term and long‐term projects on time. Furthermore, my experience liaising with external people such as bank managers, third‐party vendors, and direct business competitors have helped me hone my communications as well as my diplomacy skills.
I’m applying for the Board of Director position at Concordia Greenhouse because I would like to be involved in something that benefits not only the community exclusive to Concordia University, but for the surrounding communities as well. I believe communities grow by continuously learning from and interacting with each other. And it seems that Concordia Greenhouse provides that kind relationship within community members.
Darren Shield – Community
I wish to post my candidature for a position on the board of directors working on strategic planning for projects or if that is not available human resources.
My first choice of study in school was business and marketing. Upon graduation I felt a little lost, I wanted to be involved in organizations but could never find positions that met my view of the world. I produce sprouts and greens at home including raising crawfish in an aquaponic system. I am also currently attending the City Farm School to further increase my knowledge. Having the eye of an ecologist I see many plant, fungal and insect relationships that sometimes others do not. As a strategic planner I would hope to being my knowledge and experience to the team. Being immersed in agriculture all day I will also have access to information resources and advice from relations at Lufa farms and within other farming communities to better improve this project.
Prisca Ayassamy – Undergraduate
My name is Prisca. I am a Ph.D. student in Environmental Science. I have been a member of the Board of Director at The Concordia Greenhouse during 2016-2017. I am re-applying to serve this year as well.I have many years of Management and Marketing. Plus, I have my own lab, where I practice diverse experiments.
Susan Carmichael – Community
I am a Special Education Technician for the English Montreal School Board, working to
help promote integration for students with special needs. I have always been passionate about urban farming, and prior to working in schools, I worked as a landscaper. To further pursue my passion, I applied for and am in the process of completing a Certificate in Market Gardening from City Farms School. Through this program, I have had the opportunity to work in the Concordia Greenhouse, as well as help manage, operate and promote the Loyola Garden and market stand. I believe the Concordia Greenhouse presents a unique way for students and community members to learn more about urban farming and local food systems. I feel strongly about ensuring it is properly managed and continues to flourish and hope to be able to contribute through my involvement. Through my minor in Human Relations and significant experience
with conflict resolution as a Special Education Technician, I believe I could positively contribute to the Human Resource work group. I am confident my dedication, passion and desire to learn and collaborate with others would make me a positive asset to the Board of Directors. I am excited for the opportunity to take a more active role in the Concordia Greenhouse and I lookforward to meeting everyone at the AGM!
To be announced.
I have just completed the City Farm School Medicinal Herbalism Internship program and I was looking for a way to stay involved with a community I have come to respect. I like what the greenhouse is, how among other things, it provides a place for students to break away from the city and connect to a space inspired by nature. Ten years of experience as a scenic artist and a builder in theater has taught me how to get things done, together. I recognize how important a space like this is and I would be happy to help take care of it and help it grow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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?
- Individuals contact the Concordia Greenhouse before Friday, October 27th and submit their application along with any questions you may have.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Concordia Greenhouse’s membership (undergraduate students, volunteers, staff and board) elects new board members at the AGM by private ballot.
- 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 email@example.com