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Cultivating Change: Invitation to Join the Sharing Farm Board

Board Member Invitation

The Sharing Farm is seeking new Board members with a wide range of skills and experience in Board governance, human resources, and fund development. 

You are our Dream Candidate if you have skills and interest in any of these areas:

  • You are people focused, and have strong community connections

  • You have time and energy and wish to contribute to food security and sustainable agriculture

  • You are excited to be part of a diverse team and engage in governance and strategic conversations

  • You have experience in the best practices and procedures of Board governance, human resources, fund development, or law

  • You bring a broad network of skills to further our mission and strategic plan

  • You share our goal to have a positive impact on reducing social isolation of seniors in our community through supportive educational and volunteer programs

 

Mission

We grow food and community through farming, to advance food security, reconnect people to agriculture, and champion sustainable food systems.

The Farm donates an average of 20,000 pounds of produce annually to the Richmond Food Bank and community meal programs. We also sell our produce in a weekly CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, at our on site farm stand and at farmers markets.

Located in Terra Nova Rural Park, we cultivate 4 acres of land. The Sharing Farm strives to be an agricultural community centre where everyone is welcome and bonded by a common goal to address food insecurity in our community. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the farm, with hundreds of people helping each year in a variety of ways. We also hold the annual Richmond Garlic Festival, which attracts upwards of several thousand attendees from across the Lower Mainland.

All Board Members are responsible to:

  • Personally commit to the vision, mission, and values of the organization

  • Annually sign and adhere to the Board Code of Conduct

  • Follow The Farm’s Respectful Workplace Policy

  • Help support and evaluate the Executive Director

  • Help ensure effective fiscal management

  • Actively engage in strategic planning, help the Board set the strategic direction

  • Help approve and monitor programs and services

  • Help oversee risk management

  • Assist in the development and monitoring of all Board policies and legal requirements

  • Prepare for and actively participate in monthly Board meetings and the Annual General Meeting

  • Join Board Committees and Working Groups as appropriate

  • Be an ambassador for the Sharing Farm in your network

  • Stay informed on the work of the organization, local food systems and food security issues, and board governance best practices

  • Assist in the recruitment and orientation of new Board members

 

Time Commitment

  • Active participation in Board meetings which are held every other month usually on the third Monday from 6.30-8.30 pm.

  • Board members also assist with the planning and implementation of our annual fundraiser, the Garlic Festival, which is held in August.

  • Board terms are two years and can be renewed indefinitely.

To Apply

Please send your resume and a short narrative of why you would like to join the Board

to: info@sharingfarm.ca. A member of the Board will contact you to discuss the roles,

responsibilities and expectations, and if felt to be a mutually agreeable fit, you will be invited to apply.

We encourage applicants from all diverse communities to apply.

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