Four Seasons Growing Coordinator

Four Seasons Growing & Market Coordinator

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Hours: 35 hours/week

Pay rate:  $17/hour

About the Concordia Greenhouse

The Concordia Greenhouse 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. The Concordia Greenhouse seeks to be a place of employment for highly self-motivated individuals passionate about urban agriculture and food security.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS

Greenhouse Food Production

  • Crop planning, planting and harvest
  • Coordinating the production of the Four Seasons Microgreens Program
  • Maintain health of crops:
    • Watering
    • Fertilizing
    • Pest/disease control
  • Growing equipment and materials: Ordering and acquisition
  • Customer relations: Communications, billing, distribution
  • Manage project budget and reach target revenues
  • Manage inventories and logs

Educational and Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Host a minimum of one volunteer session per week during the school semesters
  • Facilitate a minimum of one (1) workshop per semester on urban agriculture and/or food-related issues
  • Supervise, train and support Concordia student internships (2-3 per semester)
  • Collaborate on the planning of an educational curriculum mandate in the Greenhouse

Management of the Greenhouse Production Space

  • Facilitate long-term strategic planning of the space use with the Collective and Board of Directors (BOD)
  • Research, plan, implement, maintain, and monitor improvements to the Greenhouse infrastructure and environmental controls
    • Work with Concordia Facilities Management for long-term repairs and cost-sharing
    • Place and track work orders
    • Manage the budget
    • Rectify repair and maintenance issues for rented compartments
  • Provide training on hygiene, pest control and general Greenhouse regulations for all space users, including compartment rentals
  • Manage compost
  • Ensure greenhouse production space is clean, organized and stocked
  • Manage compartment occupancy schedule

City Farm School Market Coordinator (CFS)

  • CFS gardens tasks include:
    • Infrastructure and tools
    • Preparation of gardens in early Spring
    • Support of CFS coordinators
  • CFS market management
    • Oversee CFS promotional materials, contacts, media outreach for markets
    • Run and manage CFS markets
    • Coordinate with NDG food Depot and other partners for markets off-site
    • Co-supervise harvest for markets with student interns

Collective Member Duties

  • Attend and participate in Collective meetings
  • Provide regular updates to Collective and staff
  • Supervise Greenhouse space during school semester opening hours (at least 1 shift/week)
  • Support other staff in the Greenhouse, as needed
  • Maintaining a clean and safe environment
  • Contribute to institutional memory and training guidebook by maintaining clear documentation of the position
  • Ensure production space is clean, organized and stocked
  • Participate in gardening project consultations, as needed
  • Manage and maintain order in collective storage spaces

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum two (2) years experience growing vegetables using organic practices
  • Experience growing microgreens an asset
  • Experience growing in a greenhouse an asset
  • Proficient with teaching, community engagement and facilitation
  • Experience supervising volunteers
  • Experience with general maintenance and handiwork
  • Knowledge of urban agriculture, food politics, the sustainable food movement and issues related to food security
  • Ability to work within a non-hierarchical group that practices consensus based decision-making
  • Familiarity with the Concordia Greenhouse’s vision, mission and goals an asset
  • Management skills

ATTRIBUTES

  • Exceptional problem solving skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Willingness to adapt to diverse challenges and troubleshoot issues that arise
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to create and build positive relationships with a wide variety of people and to invite and incorporate feedback
  • Familiarity with Montreal’s urban agriculture landscape
  • Understanding of how race, class and ableism relate to the local, organic food movement
  • Ability to work efficiently in a self-directed, changing and dynamic work environment
  • Punctual, professional and detail-oriented
  • Bilingualism (i.e. French & English) an asset

EMPLOYMENT EQUITY

The Concordia Greenhouse recognizes and welcomes the contributions that individuals who identify as members of marginalized communities bring to our organization. We encourage, among others, Indigenous people, people of colour, disabled people, people identifying as LGBTQIP2SAA, women, formerly incarcerated or institutionalized people, immigrants and people from working class backgrounds to apply. We also understand that applicants may experience a number of these identities simultaneously in ways that reinforce and nuance their experience. We are committed to creating an organization as diverse as the communities we serve.

Please indicate clearly in your cover letter that you would like to be considered for Employment Equity by including the phrase “I would like to be considered for Employment Equity”. Please note you do not need to disclose your reasons for applying for Employment Equity.

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To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to our hiring committee at hrcongreenhouse@gmail.com by Friday, August 18th, midnight. Please include at least one work reference in your application. Please note that only those being considered for an interview will be contacted. First round of interviews will take place on Monday August 21st and the morning of Tuesday August 22nd.

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

FACEBOOK EVENT

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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City Farm Market Launch!

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Thank you to everyone who came to our seedling sale last weekend. Thanks also to our volunteers and hard-working staff!

Now that our seedling production is over, we have moved our seedling over to our City Farm School at the Loyola campus of Concordia and they will all be planted this week in our medicinal and market gardens.

We will have our first market and launch event coming up in two weeks, on Tuesday, June 6th, 5-7pm!
This week`s event features:
*Seasonal vegetables such as herbs and salad greens
*Tours of our gardens! Or just walk around and take a look!
*Live accordian music by Bashu
*Free hot herbal tea samples from our gardens
*Our rooftop honey
*Herbal medicinal products
*Micro-greens
*Seedlings and seeds
*Sprouting kits
*and MORE!

Our market stand runs every Tuesdays 5-7pm from June 6th – end of October.

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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:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1zMfrUzDYDRWO9B-pjTAAyzgzKt4&ll=45.457950118272414%2C-73.64113750000001&z=17

EPIC Seedling Sale! Épique vente de semis!

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We are pleased to offer our 6th Annual EPIC Seedling Sale at the Concordia Greenhouse!

What to expect:
*Seeding Varieties – Herbs and Vegetables($2-$6)
*House plants including terrariums ($4 – $15)
*Organic seeds ($3.50 or 3/10)
*Perennial fruit trees, herbs and more from Neumark Design! 

AS LONG AS SUPPLIES LAST!

As with last year, our sale is now divided over two weekends – one downtown at the Concordia Greenhouse on May 19th & 20th, 10am – 6pm and one at the Marche de Mai on May 13th and 14th, 10am – 5pm

If you have accessibility needs, we recommend the Marche de Mai, as it has both wheelchair access and more space to move around as well as being family-friendly.

Greenhouse Location: Take the elevator or escalator to the 12th floor, then follow the Greenhouse signs to the stairwell to the 13th floor.


Nous sommes heureux d’offrir notre 6ème vente annuelle de semences EPIC à la serre Concordia!

Vous trouverez: (quoi attendre)

*Semis biologiques

*Plantes d’intérieur

*Graines biologiques

*Perrenials de chez Neumark Design

Du 19 au 20 mai, de 11 h à 18 h. Jusqu’à épuisement des stocks!

Comme pour l’année dernière, notre vente est maintenant divisée en deux week-ends – un au centre-ville à la serre Concordia les 19 et 20 mai, de 10h à 17h et l’autre aux Marches de Mai les 13 et 14 mai, de 10h à 17h
Nous vous recommandons le Marché de Mai qui sera pourvu d’un accès aux fauteuils roulants ainsi que d’espace suffisant pour s’y déplacer, en plus d’être prévu comme un espace familial.

Marché de Mai

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Si vous avez des besoins en matière d’accessibilité, nous vous recommandons Marche de Mai, car il dispose d’un accès en fauteuil roulant et plus d’espace pour se déplacer et être familial.

Où trouver la serre: Prendre l’ascenseur ou l’escalier mécanique jusqu’au 12ème étage, puis suivre les panneaux indiquant la serre.

Facebook event
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Concordia Greenhouse Summer Workshop Caravan!

 
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While the greenhouse is closed during the summer, our events coordinator will be offering public and private workshops around the city!
 

Coming up:


 

Container Gardening
May 2nd, 7-9pm
Westmount Horticultural Society –  4574 Sherbrooke St. West

Cultiver Verdun – Urban Agriculture Fair

Saturday, May 14th, 10-4pm
7000 rue Lasalle, Verdun

Cultiver le Plateau – Urban Agriculture Fair

Saturday, May 27th, 10-4pm
Rue Duluth

Thursday, June 8th, 7-9pm
Cafe Zephyr – 5781 Sherbrooke

Macrame Hanging Planters
Wednesday, July 6th, 6-8pm

Un Plant de Tomate à la Fois – 666 Woodland, Verdun


Macrame Hanging Planters
July 6th, 13th, and 20th: 4-6pm

Neighbourhood on the Move – Pierre St.


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