[sust-mar] Forgotten food harvest coordinator, vol., Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Position: FOUND Fridays Harvest Coordinator
Organization: FOUND Forgotten Food
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
About FOUND Forgotten Food
FOUND strives to reduce food waste by gathering and sharing forgotten fruits and vegetables in Halifax, NS. We source our food from local producers, farmers markets, and even the trees around us that otherwise wouldnt end up on our plates.
All too often, foods that are considered imperfect are left in the field to rot, and ripe produce at farmers markets is thrown away due to short shelf life. To help address this problem, FOUND collects this forgotten food and donates a part of each fresh harvest to local food banks and shelters, with the remaining being offered wholesale to local cafes and restaurants. Food that isnt distributed immediately is transformed by FOUND into shelf-stable preserves and other goods that are sold at local markets and shops.
During our first year, FOUND harvested 3,242 pounds of fresh, local produce that would have otherwise been wasted, and instead shared that food with various community groups throughout Halifax.
In 2016, FOUND started the FOUND Fridays program to allow residents of Halifax and Dartmouth to easily donate excess produce by signing up their donation online (e.g. 20 tomatoes and 4 cucumbers) and then leaving their donation on their front porch for volunteer pickup on Friday mornings. (Please note that depending on the candidates schedule, the weekly donation time can easily change should Friday mornings be a conflict.)
The FOUND Fridays Harvest Coordinator duties include:
Planning and picking up food on a weekly basis in late spring/summer/early fall:
Monitoring online donation sign-ups on a regular basis
Mapping out best route for pickups
Weighing and recording weight and type of produce for all donations, and updating FOUND's Harvest Tracking Excel sheet on a weekly basis
Must have access to a vehicle (gas money reimbursed at $0.33 per km)
Communicating with Co-Directors to organize where food will be donated/sold
Working with Communciations Coorindator to actively advertise for donations for urban garden owners
Taking pictures of donations during pickups for use on FOUND's social media channels
Writing short, bi-weekly blog posts for the FOUND website (i.e., information on urban edibles, food issues, FOUND events/successes, etc.)
Attending bi-weekly Core Member meetings and assisting with other tasks/events when possible
Desired skills and experience:
Passionate about food issues, reducing food waste, and sustainability
Strong communication and organization skills
Enthusiasm and outgoing personality to apply to networking with farmers' markets, farmers, and local business owners
Access to a vehicle
This position is approximately 5-10 hours / week. FOUND strongly believes in skill-building, and our goal with volunteers is to provide an environment in which existing skills are utilized and valued but alsowhere new skills can be developed.
Please send a brief expression of interest and resume to:
info at foundns.com
Applications will be accepted immediately and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected.
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