Annual General Meeting on Nov. 27th!

All undergraduate students, greenhouse volunteers, interns, apprentices, staff and board members of the greenhouse are welcome to join us at our Annual General Assembly from 6-8pm on November 27th at the Concordia Greenhouse!

At this meeting, there will be presentations of:
-Financial statements for 2018, and the 2019 Budget
-Reports from collective members and visiting research projects
-*Elections for the Board of Directors (see below for info!)
-Vote on amendments to the Concordia Greenhouse Constitution – see the new draft of our Constitution to vote on here!

🌿There will also be free food and our organic teas available!🌿
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.

*Interested in joining the Board of Directors for the Concordia Greenhouse and to help us reach our goals of disseminating knowledge about working sustainability and promoting urban agriculture and food security? We are looking for undergraduate students, interns, apprentices, volunteers, and community members affiliated with our organization that recognize our mandate and vision to run as candidates for the 2018-2019 Board of Directors!

In particular, we encourage individuals with knowledge and experience in human resources, fundraising, non-profit governance and legalities, accounting or financial management, consensus decision-making processes, experience with hiring, evaluations or conflict resolution, grant-writing, anti-oppression, and knowledge of sustainable and social justice movements to apply. 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, women, Indigenous people, people of colour, disabled people, people identifying as LGBTQIAA2S+, formerly incarcerated or institutionalized people, immigrants and people from working-class backgrounds to apply to our Board. 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.

Interested in applying? Send an email to info@concordiagreenhouse.com by 5:00 pm on Friday November 23rd with your completed application form and your 300-500-word (maximum) statement of intent.

*You can find applications and more information about joining the Board of Directors here: https://concordiagreenhouse.com/about/join-our-board-of-directors/

ABOUT THE CONCORDIA GREENHOUSE
The Concordia Greenhouse is an initiative that uses the Henry F. Hall building rooftop greenhouse as an all-organic space geared towards education, research and community-building. As an educational space, the greenhouse seeks to be an environment for workshops, projects and events that address urban sustainability and food security issues.
At the base of the project are principles of mutual respect, promoting equality among project members and the community at large through consensus-based decision making process and co-operative management structure. We aim to affirm and renew our leadership in sustainability and urban agriculture in what we do within the university and in our interactions with external communities.

We strive to promote sustainability within the Concordia-Montreal community by:
*Serving as a resource center and a demonstration site for urban agricultural techniques and food security initiatives;
*Acting as a springboard for innovative solutions and research in urban sustainability;
*Offering workshops on sustainable city living and year-round food production;
*Supporting a network of urban agricultural organizations throughout Montreal;
*Linking students to volunteer and job opportunities in the community;
*Providing a forum where socioeconomic, political and environmental issues relating to food, energy and water can be discussed.

OUR MISSION is to provide a year-round all organic green space that fosters community, provides experiential learning opportunities and grows healthy stuff!

OUR VISION is for locally-empowered sustainable urban gardens, at Concordia University and beyond.

We believe in…
-Ecological principles
-Experiential learning
-Community relationships
-Collective, non-hierarchical decision-making
-Non-profit organizations
-Food accessibility, security and quality
-Inclusive, safe spaces
-Accountability and transparency
-Evolving
-Celebration
-Job creation and opportunities
-Supporting marginalized communities

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Fee Levy Group Opt Out Period

Should you wish to opt out of our fee levy our opt out period is the week following the last day for academic withdrawal.The fall opt-out period will run from September 18th – 28th.

In order to opt-out from funding the Concordia Greenhouse, 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 $0.24 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.

We’re hiring! Finance and Fundraising Coordinator

Hours: 20 hours/week until end of December 2019, then 25 hrs/week as of Jan 1st 2020   

Start date: November 28, 2019 

Pay rate:  $17/hour 

About the Concordia Greenhouse

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.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS

Accounting and Financial Management

  • Manage and oversee general accounting cycle
    • Prepare financial statements, trimesterly reports and forecasts
    • Monitor budgets, cash flow and financial reports
    • Manage and complete deposits, as needed
    • Monitor expenses, including replenishing petty cash on a monthly basis
  • Strengthen and develop internal financial accountability framework
    • Provide financial training for staff/collective members, and board of directors (BOD), as needed
    • Support collective members with their budgets, as needed
    • Participate in the finance committee
    • Report overall financial picture to staff/collective on a monthly basis, or as needed
  • Payroll processing
    • Review, approve and transmit payroll to external payroll company
    • Maintain payroll schedule, according to predetermined pay periods set out by the external payroll company

 

  • Prepare SAGE 50 files and other documents as required for annual financial review, and related reports 
    • Manage internal controls, related reports and procedures
    • Liaise with external accountant and various federal and Quebec agencies, as required
  • Prepare documents for year-end reports and declarations
    • Liaise with external accountant and government agencies, as required
  • Maintain yearly insurance status

 

Bookkeeping

  • Full-cycle accounting using Sage 50 software
    • Code source documents – invoices, receipts and payroll records to the appropriate revenue, expense, asset and liability accounts
    • Record transactions in journals and the general ledger for accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll
    • Reconcile asset accounts on a monthly basis
  • Maintain internal financial records
    • Bank statements, internal AG account transaction details and PayPal account 
    • Manage budgets and cash flow statements, including financial projections
    • Prepare trimesterly or quarterly financial reports for staff, and the board of directors
  • Annual budget creation
    • Facilitate the creation of the annual budget with input from project coordinators
    • Propose draft budget for collective and BOD review
    • Present budget and financial statements at annual general meeting

 

Fundraising

  • Research and apply for grants relating to programing, infrastructure repairs and other projects, as required
  • Support staff and  BOD members in fundraising efforts
  • Coordinate organization-wide fundraising strategies

 

Collective Member Duties

  • Attend and participate in collective meetings
  • Provide regular updates to collective and BOD
  • Supervise Greenhouse space during school semester opening hours (at least 1 shift/week)
  • Support other staff in the Greenhouse, as needed
  • Contribute to 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 project consultations, as needed

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum 1 year of experience with bookkeeping, payroll, or related fields
  • Formal studies in accounting or finance, an asset
  • Experience with accounting software (SAGE 50, an asset)
  • Proven experience with fundraising and grant-writing
  • Knowledge of not-for-profit financial management and structure
  • Experience and interest in non-hierarchical group decision-making and governance
  • Bilingualism (English/French), an asset
  • Familiarity with the Concordia Greenhouse and the organization’s mission and mandate

 

ATTRIBUTES

  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to communicate complex financial information in easy-to-understand language
  • Detail-oriented, professional and punctual
  • Ability to work efficiently in a self-directed and dynamic work environment

 

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to our hiring committee at congreenhousehr@gmail.com by , November 22nd, 2019, midnight. Please note that only those being considered for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will take place on November 25, 2019 . The selected candidate will be expected to begin training the week of November 28, 2019.  

 

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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.

Registration Now OPEN!

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Calling all sprout lovers!

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

Pre-order and receive a big bag of ecologically-grown sprouts each week from our rooftop greenhouse.

We are now taking CSA orders for FALL 2018
September 10 – December 10
*Possibility to sign up for later for a reduced period.
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HOW IT WORKS:

Pay a discounted amount for your weekly sprout order – $6.50 weekly, totaling $90 for all 14 weeks.
(Pro-rated for late sign-ups)

*Each week, members will receive a large (200g) bag of sprouts each week, with two types to choose from:
1) Sunflower
2) 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!

E-mail us at fourseasonsgrowing@gmail.com if you have any further questions. Bon appetit!

SIGN UP HERE!

Internship and Apprenticeships Opportunities!

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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 Fall 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 September 10th, 2018 and​ December 10th, 2018.

​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 fourseasonsgrowing@concordiagreenhouse.com by Wednesday, August 29th at 5pm.

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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APPLY FOR THE PERMACULTURE & POLICY SESSION with City Farm School!

Apply by August 20th here.

The Permaculture & Policy Session lasts for 3 months and is the third and final component of our City Farm School (CFS) Apprenticeship Program. Beginning September 3rd and ending November 10th, this session focuses on harvest and transformation techniques for medicinal plants and end of year produce, permacultural methods of design, fruit forest landscaping, how to save seed and the science of seeds, 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 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
Application link: http://www.cityfarmschool.com/iii-food-sovereignty-session

Our City Farm School Market is BACK!

 

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Come join us at the Loyola quad on Tuesday, June 12th from 4-6 pm for the launch of our City Farm School (CFS) farmers market! City farm schools ultra local, ecologically grown produce is cultivated by our apprentices, who are training to be the next generation of small scale Farmers. Markets will take place every Tuesday from June 12- October 30.

 
This year our location has CHANGED to be at the Loyola quad instead of the Solar house. Come on by for some good vibes, veg, and to pick our brains on gardening queries. This week’s market will have : arugula, mesclun, lettuces, cilantro, radishes, kale, Swiss chard, and more!
 
Are you downtown? Don’t fret- starting Wednesday June 20, the CFS produce will come to the ev courtyard every Wednesday from 11:30-2:30. 
 
See you there!
For more information, please email FourSeasonsGrowing@ConcordiaGreenhouse.com

EPIC Seedling Sale

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Saturday, May 18th and 19th, 11am – 7pm at the Concordia Greenhouse!

Our annual Epic Seedling Sale continues with even more varieties available! All our seedlings are grown and cared for by the City Farm School team as part of their apprenticeship in organic city farming at the Concordia Greenhouse.

We have over 100 different vegetable varieties and 32 different flowers, herbs and medicinal plants. The prices will range from $2-5 dollars per plant.
We will also be selling some house plants and mushroom kits.

We welcome back guest vendor Neumark Design, selling perennial vegetables, fruiting shrubs, native plants. etc. To learn more about their available varieties visit: www.NeumarkDesign.com/Nursery

Bring boxes, bags, a cart or a friend to help you carry your seedlings home! Please note that there may be long lines as this event has become very popular!

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We we also be selling our seedlings at this event: Marche de Mai

 

Help Us Fundraise!

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

Our tea atrium is a public space available for studying, plant appreciation, drinking our herbal teas and attending events including educational workshops and music nights. The space offers seating and tables, a beautiful plant collection and demonstrates systems like hydroponics, a balcony garden and a solar dehydrator.

Why we need your help!
Concordia’s greenhouse was built in 1966, facing South-West for optimal sun exposure and where it wouldn’t be blocked by shade from surrounding buildings. It’s composed of a series of separate glass compartments along a corridor, and includes specialized equipment for heat control, automatic watering and latticed blinds for sunlight control.

Over time this equipment has lost functionality, resulting in an unregulated climate. On hot days, the temperature can reach 50 degrees Celsius, resulting in crop loss and difficult working conditions.

Replacing the climate control system will provide optimal conditions for plant growth, research, and community use of our lounge.

The university has agreed to contribute half of the estimated $40,000 cost. We need your help to close the gap, and bring us one step closer to bringing new life to this valuable community resource.

Any amount is appreciated!

Click here to read more OR DONATE!

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2018 Summer Semester Opt Outs

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The Concordia Greenhouse is a fee-levy group at Concordia University. The majority of our funding comes from an undergraduate fee levy. Undergraduate students pay $0.24 per credit each semester so that we can exist, be open to the public, and offer amazing services and programming for our users.

Should you wish to opt-out of funding our organization, you can email us info@concordiagreenhouse.com or call 514-848-2424 x. 5134.
Should you wish to opt out, please bring 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 $0.24 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.

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