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We have been working to inspire and equip people to eat food that nourishes themselves and the planet since 1993. We are BC’s oldest and largest food and agriculture charitable non-profit organization.

Our programs go from seed to plate—engaging a network of farmers, seed growers, researchers, food system advocates, policymakers, community partners, chefs, and eaters. Together, we are creating food systems in BC that are strong, sustainable, and resilient. Our programs celebrate local food and connect people with the farmers who grow it. We support BC farmers to use local seed and to grow food in ways that mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity.

We provide a flexible working environment, supportive team engagement opportunities, great benefits, and the chance to make a difference.

Volunteer Role Posting

Position: Board Members

Organization: FarmFolk CityFolk

Location: Anywhere in BC

Position Summary

FarmFolk CityFolk (FFCF) is BC’s oldest and largest charitable food organization that connects, empowers, and inspires people to strengthen BC’s sustainable food systems.

Our work is currently focused on:

  • helping make farmers part of the climate solution by supporting the adoption of climate friendly agricultural practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon;
  • informing consumers of the environmental and social impact of their food choices, equipping people to eat food that nourishes themselves and the planet;
  • working with farmers, seed growers, researchers, and backyard gardeners to develop a thriving ecological seed sector and increase local seed security;
  • celebrating local food by connecting farmers, chefs, retailers, and eaters to strengthen the market for locally-produced food; and
  • advocating for BC farmers and the effective use and protection of agricultural land.

We are looking for collaborative, courageous, joyful, and conscientious individuals to join our board. We are in a growth phase, and are looking for people to bring energy, ideas, and networks to the table. We have a committed governance-focused board with three active committees (Strategic Planning, Finance, and Board Development), a strong Executive Director and staff team, a strategic plan, money in the bank, great relationships with partners and government, and a range of impactful programs and events.

You’re our Dream Candidate if some of these apply to you:

  • Food and sustainability fascinate you (you’re a farmer, a chef, an academic – great! But food expertise doesn’t have to be part of your resume)
  • You have experience on other governance-focused boards of directors
  • You live anywhere in BC and can bring a regional perspective
  • You are specifically interested in leadership roles including potentially chair or vice chair, and/or committee lead
  • You bring a broad network to further our mission
  • You are people focused, and can also keep track of details
  • You have experience working collaboratively with government, specifically provincial government
  • Have time and energy and are looking for a great way to contribute to important issues
  • Are excited to be part of a diverse team and engage in governance and strategic conversations
  • Are a certified professional accountant – we are specifically looking for one more CPA to join us

We are in a position where we can invest time and money in board training, so if you are excited to get involved but need some support, don’t hesitate to reach out.

All board members are responsible to:

  • Personally commit to the vision, mission, and values of the organization
  • 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
  • Personally engage in resource development (asking for money) for the organization
  • Help oversee risk management
  • Assist in the development and monitoring of all policies and legal requirements
  • Prepare for and actively participate in monthly board meetings (on zoom) and Annual General Meetings
  • Join Committees and Task Forces as appropriate
  • Participate in annual board and self evaluation
  • Be an ambassador for FarmFolk CityFolk in your network
  • Stay informed on the work of the organization, local food systems issues, and board governance best practices
  • Assist in the recruitment of new board members
  • Become a member ($30 annual membership), and (if possible) contribute financially

Time Commitment

  • Board terms are two years starting from the AGM and can be renewed up to three times
  • Active participation in monthly board meetings (via Zoom).  Meetings are currently scheduled for the first Wednesday of most months from 6-8pm.
  • Join and participate in one board committee, or lead one special project
  • Monthly commitment is 4-6 hours minimum for all board members, with occasional additional time for FFCF events, special projects such as strategic planning, and for executive positions (Chair, vice-chair, secretary, treasurer)

Our Commitment to Anti-Racism, Equity, and Justice

As a majority-white organization working in the food movement, we have been complicit in the systematic oppression of Indigenous food systems and BIPOC food leaders. We honestly and humbly recognize this uncomfortable truth and are actively seeking ways to learn from and be proactive allies for all farm folks and city folks, specifically Black, Indigenous, and other people of colour.

We are seeking ways to use our networks, relationships, and resources to amplify the work of food leaders and seed sovereignty advocates that have been historically ignored in our colonial food system. Our staff and board commit to doing the necessary work to help FarmFolk CityFolk be an organization that not only strives for sustainable food systems in BC, but one that also makes equity and justice inextricable parts of that mission.

We welcome and encourage BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), LGBTQQIP2SAA, and individuals from other diverse communities to apply.  We will also be working with external coaches and facilitators to support this journey.

To Apply

  • Please direct applications to the Executive Director, director@farmfolkcityfolk.ca
  • Please include a brief CV or description of your work, as well as a brief statement of your interest in food systems and the work of FFCF
  • Applications will be accepted until March 28th, 2021
  • An initial conversation will be set up with our board development committee, and candidates will be invited to attend one board meeting (on May 5, 2021 from 6-8pm).
  • After that meeting, we will invite candidates to be voted by the membership at the AGM on June 2, 2021

Thank you for your interest, however only selected candidates will be contacted.

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