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Greenhouse Growers

Application Deadline: May 2nd, 2017

Start date/term of position: A minimum of 2-3, 3 hour shifts a month (May-October) | Wednesday morning shifts

(Photos: Skye Vandenberg)

We need some help producing delicious and nutritious local food! Urban agriculture (the process of cultivating plants for food in or around a city) is an important part of programming at Evergreen Brick Works. The plants on-site need lots of tender loving care year-round. This team of volunteers will be responsible for all food growing on-site learning the skills to grow outdoors, indoors, under lights and in various mediums and containers. With our dedicated group, we’ll grow micro greens, experiment with veggies and tend to our new citrus trees. If you love growing food, getting a little dirty and are excited about growing food, please come grow with us.

What you bring: You’re passionate about growing healthy plants and food through a variety of mediums, you work well both independently and within a group and don’t mind getting a little dirty. You have a flexible schedule. We also ask that volunteers have some previous gardening experience. Complimentary skills such as: carpentry/building, water harvesting/management, artistic abilities and experience upcycling materials are an asset.

Commitment: A minimum of 2-3, 3 hour shifts each month from May 3rd, until the end of October.

When and where: Evergreen Brick Works located at 550 Bayview Ave in Toronto's Don Valley, Greenhouse Growers will work mostly in the Children’s Garden and our green-house. Shifts take place Wednesdays from 9am to 12pm starting on May 3rd, 2017.

We will be hosting an orientation April 25th, 2017 from 5:30-7pm at Evergreen Brick Works.

How we’ll support you: Join us for and orientation on April 25th! Following this you will be provided with on-the-job training at Evergreen Brick Works, and receive continued support from our Program Manager via emails and on-site meetings. Evergreen also has a variety of informational books/videos/how-to’s that you will have access to.

Perks: Food! Volunteers are welcome to snack on the fresh, delicious bounty they help to grow as well as feed their minds by learning a variety of urban agriculture techniques. You’ll be growing your own food at home (and around the city) before you know it! Be a part of a larger community of people striving to green the city and connect with nature, and enjoying eating what you grow together. After 20+ hours, volunteers will receive an Evergreen t-shirt, and a 15% discount at the Evergreen Garden Market.

Good to know: Free shuttle bus transportation is available from Broadview station to Evergreen Brick Works – there is also paid parking available on-site for personal vehicles. Volunteers will be working outside so be sure to dress appropriately and for the weather.

If this sounds like you: Create an online profile and sign up under 'Add me to the Greenhouse Growers Team!’. Please include a current resume and as much detail about your skills and interests so we can help match you to the perfect Evergreen volunteer opportunity.

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