Jen Rashleigh, a friend of the Farm and the force behind the wonderful documentary about us, is looking for 2 volunteers with solid gardening experience to act as head growers for the gardens going in at the George Peatson Centre. This is a great opportunity for volunteering in the community if you’ve got some skills to share. If you’re interested, act quickly; the deadline for applications is February 10th.
More details below…
The Place and Project: ‘Farmers on 57th‘
George Pearson Centre is a long-term residential care centre located on 22 acres of arable land in central Vancouver- between Cambie and Oak streets on 57th avenue. 140 permanent residents live here. Starting this year, they are developing a portion of their ‘backyard’ (up to 1 acre) for food growing and community gardens. The gardens are varied in purpose and in scale, and include: Pearson residents’ plots (wheelchair accessible beds and vertical gardens); neighbourhood plots (3′ x 8′ raised beds); school plots; organically grown flower beds for market, and organically grown (non-certified) vegetable crops for farmer’s markets. We are looking for two growers to oversee the vegetable field crops.
As one of two market vegetable growers, you will be responsible for the selection, growing, harvest, and selling of market vegetables in a ½ acre planting area. This includes seeding, transplanting, weeding, irrigation, organic pest control, soil amendment, harvest, packaging for market, and helping to transport and sell at the Riley Park Farmer’s market (at Main and 30th, 3 ½ km away, every Wed thru summer).
Volunteers, primarily from the local highschool, will be recruited to help with key tasks.
Your role in the community will be an important one. As this is a residential area, your field crops will be highly visible, and so it is vital that they be well maintained and attractive. Human-powered tools only (no mechanized machinery). Pearson residents and neighbours will be curious about the gardens, and your role in the community will be an important one.
You and the other grower will split the revenue generated from the produce that you grow and sell at market (provided that job responsibilities are equally shared), with 10% going back to the ‘Farmers on 57th‘ project to help cover costs. There is no hourly wage paid-your income comes directly from the fruits of your labours.
The ‘Farmers on 57th’ project will provide:
We will cover significant expenses, including
- land, site assessment (approx ½ acre)
- initial soil tilling and amendments
- micro-irrigation infrastructure
- unheated greenhouse space (shared with other gardeners)
- gardening and harvest tools
- seeds, seed starting supplies
- compost bins
- bicycle carts for transporting produce to market, market awning and signage
- a booth at the Riley Park Farmer’s Market (pre-arranged)
- volunteer recruiting
- access to washroom and sink
When Does This Start?
This year! We dig beds in March 2009 and will plant this coming season.
Are you interested? Please apply to Jen Rashleigh, Pearson Garden Coordinator, with a page telling us about your qualities, skills and experience that you would bring to the Farmers on 57th project. Email address is email@example.com.
Application deadline: February 10, 2009