The Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society Board is growing! We are looking for new Board members to share their talents and insights to support Fresh Roots in its mission to cultivate educational farms and place-based programs where youth develop healthy relationships with food, land and community through growing and sharing food that nourishes themselves, their communities and the planet!
The Fresh Roots Board provides oversight through three lenses: strategic (setting priorities and monitoring performance), generative (big picture questions and future-focused thinking) and fiduciary (stewardship of assets and accountability).
We value a positive and constructive Board culture and seek members who will contribute positively to the Board’s functioning and dynamics. All Board members must demonstrate the following characteristics:
- Care – for Fresh Roots, the team, each other and the communities Fresh Roots serves
- Collaboration – appreciates that the best ideas and outcomes come from collective brainpower
- Openness – approaches ideas and opinions with an open mind and a view to understand
- Contribution – willing to dive in and get it done; low ego and high energy
- Commitment – committed to thoughtful preparation and showing up to do the work
- Justice Lens – is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion as they relate to systemic oppression, racism, and barriers to access within the food system
There are a variety of relevant skills and experience that add value to the Fresh Roots Board. We appreciate that a balanced Board has a breadth and depth of expertise and seek individuals that bring experience in one or more of the areas outlined in our skills matrix, and in particular, the following:
- Finance – broad finance expertise, ideally in a non-profit / social enterprise environment; CPA designation an asset
- Fundraising – experience with diverse and innovative fundraising approaches
- Governance – board experience and governance knowledge; interest in board leadership an asset
- Lived experience – firsthand experience as an individual / community member served by Fresh Roots (e.g., youth, former program participant / alumni, parents, educators, knowledge keepers)
Fresh Roots is committed to ensuring our Board reflects the communities we serve. We strive to ensure a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds and experiences are represented on the Board, including ethnicity, gender, age, geography and cultural background. We acknowledge we are not there yet and are committed to bringing new voices and perspectives to the Board.
All Board members are expected to:
- Commit to the mission and vision of Fresh Roots
- Contribute in the areas of governance, strategic planning, finance, program oversight, and resource development (human and capital)
- Make a meaningful and appropriate financial contribution to the organization that works for you
- Prepare for and attend quarterly Board meetings
- Join and actively participate in at least one Board committee
- Support special events as required
- Act as an ambassador of Fresh Roots
The Board typically meets quarterly. Directors are expected to read all materials in advance and come prepared to contribute thoughtfully to discussions. Board members may be asked to attend ad hoc meetings and/or support specific initiatives and events between regular meetings.
Please apply by March 15, 2024 with a resume and a short response with the following questions to BambooHR: https://freshroots.bamboohr.com/careers/69
- What do you hope to gain from being a Fresh Roots Board member?
- What do you hope to contribute as a Fresh Roots Board member?
- What specific skills and experience do you bring in the areas identified above?
This Giving Tuesday we’re taking a moment to pause and highlight some of the many community partners working with us toward a more food secure future and Good Food For ALL. Fresh Roots is part of an interconnected and supportive community of small local businesses, non-profits, and organizations that is re-imagining food education and community. We are incredibly grateful for the diverse perspectives and energy everyone brings to the table (and farms). Through deepening our relationships with our community and with the land we work with, we are learning and innovating together!
We invite you to check out our partners listed below and learn more about their products, fundraisers, and the work they do.
- Flavours of Hope – They are currently fundraising for Dream Cuisines 2022. Consider donating to help them reach their $4000 goal!
- South Vancouver Neighbourhood House – Help SVNH spread joy and healthy food for 320 families in South Vancouver by donating items to their wishlist and money to buy fresh meat, eggs and more.
- Ono Vancouver – A meal for you supports meals for your community. Check out the Ono Vancouver and website to get to know Chef TJ and for more information about the amazing work they do and where to pick up their delicious products.
- Il Centro Italian Community Centre – Check out their 2021 Christmas Market coming up on December 12th, 11 am-7 pm. Visit their website for a busy calendar of events at the always bustling Il Centro.
- Delta Farm Roots – Farm Roots Mini School is an innovative, one-of-a-kind school that directly links students to the multifaceted agricultural industry.
- CERBC – Climate Education Reform BC is leading the Reform to Transform campaign which is advocating for climate change education in British Columbia’s K-12 educational system.
- Growing Chefs – Too many kids don’t know where food comes from or have access to healthy, whole food. They’re on a mission to change that. Both Growing Chefs! and Fresh Roots work together to bring LunchLAB to life where student chefs prepare and serve a delicious lunch to their peers and teachers with the guidance of a knowledgeable chef-in-residence.
- Legends Haul – At Legends Haul, their mission is to change the food ecosystem one haul at a time. They offer consciously sourced ingredients from hyper-local farmers, producers, restaurants, and business owners from across BC.
- Organic Ocean – Created to foster a sustainable, vibrant, healthy seafood industry, in which fishermen would be fairly rewarded for their investment, effort, and personal risk.
- Poplar Grove Winery – Is one of the original five wineries on the Naramata Bench. Tony and Barb Holler purchased the winery in 2007 with the long-term vision and commitment to building one of the most respected wine-growing estates in Canada. The family philosophy: great wine brings us together.
- Coho Commissary – Exists to nurture dreams, supercharge small businesses, and innovate the food and beverage industry with the goal of creating a positive and long-lasting impact on their friends, neighbours, and the place they call home.
- City Reach – Serves thousands of vulnerable individuals, children and families across Greater Vancouver. Specializing in meeting tangible needs through food security initiatives, CityReach provides a network of support through a variety of programs and community events.
- Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House – is a community-based organization serving the Kensington/Cedar Cottage neighbourhood. It was built from the vision and dedication of volunteers who gave their time and support to make the organization and this community a better place to live.
- Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation – is the only elected body of its kind in Canada. Formed in 1888 as a committee to manage the new Stanley Park, its history is as old as the city’s itself. It has exclusive possession, jurisdiction, and control over more than 230 public parks in Vancouver and a large public recreation system of community centres, pools, rinks, fitness centres, golf courses, street trees, marinas, playing fields, and more.
- Coquitlam School District – SD43 is home to Suwa’lkh School an alternative educational program with an Indigenous focus. It is open to students in grades nine to twelve. Suwa’lkh means ‘New Beginnings’ in the Hul’qumi’num language. Respect for Mother Earth, our environment, and one another is part of the Indigenous teachings at Suwa’lkh. A focus on Indigenous teachings helps to ground our students in the culture of our land while helping them gain skills to help their emotional well-being and sense of self.
- Vancouver School Board and the SACY Program – Substance Use Health Promotion initiative engages Vancouver parents, teachers, students, administrators and the greater community to strengthen school-based alcohol and drug prevention and early-intervention programs and policies.
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