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We’re Hiring!

We have two Canada Summer Jobs positions available this year! Both are open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who will be between 19 and 30 years of age at the start of employment.

Gleaning Abundance Program Coordinator

30 hrs per week from June 10 – Aug 31, with the possibility of extending the position into the fall.

$19 – $22 per hour, depending on experience and qualifications.

The Gleaning Abundance Program runs through the summer and fall, organizing volunteers to harvest fruit from local trees and distributing it to community organizations. We are looking for someone who can take on a leading role with this program. Check the complete job description for full details.
Deadline to apply is May 10 at 4pm.

 

Social Enterprise Program Assistant

30 hrs per week from June 24 – August 31

$18.00 per hour

Our Social Enterprise Program takes some of the excess fruit from our gleaning and turns it into frozen fruit pops which we sell to help sustain our programs and support our work. The Social Enterprise Program Assistant will help with all aspects of the operation from production to sales. Check the complete job description for full details.
Deadline to apply is May 10 at 4pm.

Our Survey Winner Is…

Julie Rymer

In September, as part of our new social enterprise program, we put out a survey to our community at large. We asked questions designed to help us better understand the market and what kind of products we could produce. It was helpful feedback that we received, with over 90 respondents.

 

We promised a $100 prize for one lucky participant, and we’re happy to announce that the winner is Julie Rymer, from Sahali. Thanks for answering our questions, Julie!

 

The surveys have helped us in our process of developing a product to bring to market. The social enterprise has been an interesting puzzle and there’s been a lot to learn along the way. We’re hard at work, though, and hope to have something we can sell by next spring or summer. So keep your eyes peeled and your taste buds ready!

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Bike Blender Smoothies, Anyone?

The social enterprise project had its first Food Literacy Workshop with the Boys and Girls Club on July 23rd, and it was a blast. Nine children from the Club tagged along with us for the day. In the morning, they helped harvest apricots, and afterwards we joined them in the kitchen. The kids pitted and cut the fruit and we used it to make a puree for dried fruit leather. While that was being made, we busted out a pedal-powered bike blender, courtesy of TRU. Everyone had a turn at the pedals making apricot and berry fruit smoothies. Once they were done having fun on the bike, the puree was ready and the kids could fill the dehydrator. I hope they liked their fruit leathers the next morning!

 

The project was a hit, and we’ll be returning this week for another round of fruit leather fun. Yay!

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