Garden Mentor Volunteer

Volunteer Position Name / Role Garden Mentor Volunteer
Date Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017
Organization Name: Orangeville Food Bank
Organization Contact: Heather Hayes
519-942-0638
orangevillefoodbank@hotmail.com
Why you might want to consider taking this opportunity The Food Bank in conjunction with a local garden center has been mentoring clients who would like to grow their own vegetables but do not have the land to do so. We are looking for a volunteer with experience growing and harvesting vegetables to mentor others who wish to learn.
Volunteers interested in this opportunity with enjoy being outside and spending time with others. They will also enjoy passing on knowledge and working with individuals from all walks of life.
Type of Organization Public Service
More Info Link http://www.orangevillefoodbank.org
Volunteer type position is suitable for - Adult (18 +)
Duties / Roles / Activities Garden Mentor Role
-Contact and arrange an initial gathering to pick plots and discuss guidelines of plots
-Assist persons with preparing their plots
-Determine what they would like to plant
-Assist in planting seeds/plants with proper spacing
-Coordinate and check in with gardeners weekly for watering; weeding
-Problem solve pest issues if they arise
-Provide knowledge of when crops are ready for harvest
-Assist in putting garden plots down for the season ie cleaning beds out; turning them over
-Be responsible for the equipment on site
-Check in with Volunteer Coordinator at Orangeville Food Bank to keep them updated on progress or if any issues arise
-Liaison with local garden center for access to equipment and materials
-Enjoy being outside
-Enjoy people and have a sense of humour
-Be willing to obtain a police check and sign a confidentiality form
Sample Tasks: Tasks:
-Ability to use to basic gardening equipment
-Digging
-Planting seeds and plants
-Managing pests as they appear
-Working with individuals to pass on your knowledge of gardening
-Cleaning up work area with individuals
-Supporting individuals through the gardening journey
Who You'll Be Interacting With Individuals accessing the garden plots through the food bank may be food insecure or interested in furthering their learning of growing their own vegetables. They are neighbours; friend and community members who are over the age of 18 typically.

Dates & Times - Daytime
- Evening
- Weekend
Seasonal Summer Months Only
Location of Volunteer Activity - Orangeville and area
Wheelchair Accessibility Is Not Accessible
Can be used toward '40 Hours' for Highschool Graduation (OSSD) No
Commitment Length / Duration Moderate Term (3 months to 1 year)
Training Required - None
Transportation Own Transportation Required
Displayed Until: Thursday, August 24, 2017
Requirements - Police check
Areas of Interest - Support for persons with disabilities
- Education / Mentoring / Tutoring
- Conservation / Gardening / Horticulture / Nature / Trails / Environment
- Construction / Trade / Manual Labour / Maintenance
Skills / Experience Familiar with how to grow vegetables. Comfortable working with diverse groups of people. Willingness to communicate. Sense of humour.
I'm Interested!