Monday, June 27, 2016

Call for Website Development Volunteer



The McGill Farmers Market Team is looking for a dedicated volunteer who can help us create a clean and vibrant new website for the Market. If you have strong computer and organizational skills, and are attentive to detail, we would love to hear from you. 

If you have other creative skills that you would like to share with the Market this season, please do not hesitate to get in touch as well. If you are looking to volunteer regularly at the Farmers' Market this summer or fall, please fill out our online volunteer form

If you'd like to help out, please email Monica

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Fresh Faces of the McGill Farmers' Market

The summer season is just around the corner and our new team of coordinators is working hard to ensure the vibrancy and resilience of the Market this season. This year, we hope to expand our outreach efforts and creatively address issues of sustainability, while building and nourishing our community. Given their passion and drive, the 2016-2017 team of coordinators - Amelia, Chelsea, Keah, and Monica - are certainly apt to the task at hand.


Co-Coordinator: Amelia Peres

    Amelia is a U3 honours geography student, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a focus on food security and climate change adaptation. She loves the market for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and loves how it facilitates new connections through the shared passion of the sustainable food community at McGill. She loves meeting new people, and is always excited to discuss potential project collaborations. 

Co-Coordinator: Chelsea Kingzett 

Chelsea Kingzett likes food. More specifically food systems and promoting self-efficient sustainable food systems within her school community. She's a fourth year Environment student who loves the intersections between sustainability and eating. She hopes to bring innovative new ideas and events to the market this year while tending the CSA basket program and maintaining a balanced and cohesive market dynamic. Look out for her at the market and say hi! Let the harvest season begin.

Finance Coordinator: Keah Hansen

Keah Hansen is a U3 English Literature and Political Science student from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her passions for social, environmental, and economic sustainability are combined in her position as Finance Coordinator for the  Market. She is excited to have the opportunity to facilitate connections within the sustainable food community at McGill and learn the ropes of managing the finances of a farmers' market. When she isn't studying or working, Keah can be found climbing up or skiing down a slope.

Promotions and Outreach Coordinator: Monica Allaby

Monica is entering her third year  as a Geography student at McGill. She is passionate about building sustainable food systems and healthy, vibrant communities. Monica is deeply inspired by the incredible community of sustainability-minded folks at McGill and is thrilled to further her involvement with the Market this year as Promotions and Outreach Coordinator. In her spare time, Monica listens to soul, cares for her plants (with varying success), and reads cookbooks.

Want to chat? To contact members of the 2016-2017 McGill Farmers' Market coordinating team, please e-mail mcgillfarmersmarket@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

We're Hiring!

The McGill Farmers’ Market is hiring!
Interested in helping to organize the 2016-2017 Farmers’ Market and CSA Program?

We're looking for passionate and committed members of the McGill community who want to help prepare next year's market! We are hiring for 4 coordinator positions: two (2) co-coordinators, one (1) promotions & outreach coordinator, and one (1) finance coordinator. All backgrounds and levels of involvement are welcome. Candidates must be available April 2016 - May 2017.

Please email your application to mcgillfarmersmarket {at} gmail {dot} com with subject line “Coordinator Call.” Include your CV, which position you are applying for, and a cover letter stating why you are the ideal candidate for this position. Stipends for all positions are $1250 for the year (May 2015 - May 2016). Deadline for applications is February 12th, 2016 by midnight. We will contact you for an interview. Coordinator training is in March 2016.

Farmers’ Market Co-Coordinator (2) – Stipend position
Responsibilities:
Must be available from April 2016 - late spring 2017.
Hold weekly to bi-weekly meetings with coordinator team, and meetings with stakeholders.
Oversee all necessary rentals, permits, strategies and grant applications.
Manage the coordination of the market, including space, vendors, and general market activities.
Manage the coordination of the CSA program, including space, vendors, and general procedures.
Provide support to the other coordinators.
Work with the finance coordinator to  continue MFM’s financial self-sustainment.
Work closely with the promotions coordinator to create an effective, comprehensive and environmentally-friendly promotional campaign.
Attend and assist CSA pick-up and farmers’ markets.
Provide support for general market activities.
Analyze and strategize about ways to improve market’s institutional structure, the CSA program, finances, and promotions.

Assets:
Bilingual (French & English)
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Available during the summer of 2016 and into early summer 2017

Promotions and marketing coordinator (1) – Stipend position
Responsibilities:
1.     Must be available from April 2016- late spring 2017.
2.     Work with finance coordinator to create a comprehensive and environmentally friendly promotions & merchandise campaign.
3.     Advertisement for the fall market and the summer & fall CSA project. This includes:


Design tasks (posters, promotional packages, merchandise, etc)
Outreach to other student groups (first years, listservs, etc)
Outreach to wider community (businesses, potential vendors, faculty, etc)
4.     Maintain MFM social media outlets (website, fb, twitter, booking interviews)
5.     Attend and assist at CSA pick-up and farmers’ markets.
6.   Attend all coordinator team and stakeholders meetings.
7.     Provide support for general market activities, including market co-coordinator tasks.
8.    Responsible for volunteer coordination.  This includes:


Recruiting volunteers
Planning volunteer training
Creating and updating the volunteer schedule
Planning tasks for volunteers

Assets:
Experience working in promotions
Bilingual (French & English)
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Comfortable promoting MFM among the McGill and downtown Montreal community, including student groups and local businesses and organizations
Experience in web design and other promotional media is an asset
Ability to work independently and as part of a team



Finance coordinator (1) – Stipend position

Responsibilities:
Must be available from April 2016- late spring 2017.
Manage finances and bank account for the farmers’ market and CSA project. This includes accounting and recording financial transactions.
Finalize 2016 budget and draft 2016-2017 budget in conjunction with other co-coordinators to ensure a financially sustainable market.
Work with promotions coordinator to create a comprehensive and environmentally-friendly promotional campaign.
Attend and assist CSA pick-up and farmers’ markets.
Provide support for general market activities.
Attend all coordinator meetings and stakeholder meetings.

Assets:
Experience working in finance
Excellent accounting skills
Comfortable working with marketing principles
Interested in organizational structure and strategy
Ability to work independently and as part of a team



Please email your application to mcgillfarmersmarket [at] gmail [dot] com with subject line “Coordinator Call.” Include your CV, which position you are applying for, and a cover letter stating why you are the ideal candidate for this position. Deadline for applications is February 12th, 2016 by midnight. We will contact you for an interview. Coordinator training is March 2016.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Les Jardins Carya

Les Jardins Carya



Founded in 2011 by Ramzy Kassouf and Alex Flores, Les Jardins Carya is a diverse, certified- organic, vegetable farm, located in Senneville on the island of Montreal. They cultivate 3 acres of land, including two greenhouses and two caterpillar tunnels that extend the farming season from March to December. They take pride in providing food to the West Island community and take great care in sustainably nurturing the land to remain productive for generations to come.

Carya is co-led by Alex and Ramzy. Alex has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Environmental Studies from McGill University and nearly ten years of farming experience. Ramzy brings a wealth of business project management experience, marketing skills and nearly ten years of hands-on farming, along with a successful career in the financial industry. 

They are supported every year by a team of interns, apprentices and employees who in time wish to become farmers. They find it a pleasure to collaborate with the next generation of sustainable farming and are inspired by the future of food production that they represent.

For more information visit the Les Jardins Carya website.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Registration is Now Opened for 2016 CSA!

We've had an amazing season this year, and next year will only be even better. In 2016 we are offering 3 TYPES of CSA baskets for you to choose from. Click on the registration page to find out more about the farms, and the dates and prices for each basket. Register NOW for amazing, local, fresh, organic produce for next summer and fall!


Welcome, Kristen!

Help us give a warm welcome to Kristen Perry, who is joining us as a market co-coordinator. Catch her smile at the market on Thursdays!


Monday, October 12, 2015

Kale Seasonal Smoothie










Prep Time: 5 minutes  2 servings


Ingredients
  1 cup kale, chopped into small pieces , steamed 
  1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen 
  3 large strawberries , fresh or frozen 
  1 cup fruit juice (ex. Apple) 
  Handful of ice cubes
Directions:
  1. Blend all ingredients until smoothie
  2. Add 1-2 Tbsp of juice if needed
  3. Serve chilled
The smoothie will keep for 2 days sealed in the refrigerator.
For every cup of smoothie there are 2 servings of vegetables and fruit.

Recipe adapted from: http://hotdogfoodblog.blogspot.ca/ 


Ideas for changing up the flavour
 Add 1⁄2 cup of yogurt or a banana to make your smoothie more creamy
 You can replace juice with milk or any other milk alternative
 You can also substitute kale with fresh spinach leaves, or for a sweeter version, your favorite fruit!
  Add chia seeds or nut butter for some protein