Join Our Team

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.

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:

  • supporting farmers and the adoption of climate friendly agricultural practices
  • informing consumers of the environmental and social impact of their food choices
  • working with farmers, seed growers, researchers, and backyard gardeners to develop a thriving
    ecological seed sector and increase local seed security
  • connecting farmers/chefs/retailers/eaters to strengthen the market for locally-produced food

We have a committed governance-focused board with three active committees (Strategic Planning, Finance, and Board Development), a strong team of staff, a strategic plan, money in the bank, great relationships with partners and government, and a range of impactful programs and events. The current work at the board level is heavily focused on organizational structure, and we are looking for people to bring energy, ideas, and networks to the table.

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. We welcome and encourage BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), LGBTQQIP2SAA, and individuals from other diverse communities to apply.

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 interested in leadership roles on the board
  • You bring a broad network to further our mission
  • You are people focused, and can also keep track of details
  • 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

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 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 our work, 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
  • Board meetings (via Zoom) scheduled for the first Wednesday of most months from 6-8 pm
  • Participation on 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

To Apply

  • Please direct applications to board@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 December 15th, 2021
  • An initial conversation will be set up with our Board Development Committee, and select candidates will be invited to attend one board meeting. After that meeting, we will invite candidates to be voted by the board to act as interim members, who will then be nominated to be officially voted on by the membership at the 2022 AGM

Thank you for your interest, however only selected candidates will be contacted. Please note: to be eligible to join the board, you must be nominated by two board members (or the nominations committee) and meet the requirements in our by-laws.

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