Fireweed is a multi stakeholder co-operative with a mission to make our food system as democratic and participatory as possible.
We're always looking for individuals who care about food systems building to join our team!
Whether you join the board of directors and participate in our co-op's governance, or join a committee and advise on and implement our vision through our many projects, there is always room for you at Fireweed Food Co-op, a co-op for everyone!
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AS OF NOV 18, 2020 OUR FORMAL BOARD INTAKE IS CLOSED UNTIL OUR NEXT AGM IN THE FALL OF 2021.
STILL INTERESTED? WE ALWAYS WANT TO HEAR FROM PEOPLE WITH INTEREST IN JOINING OUR TEAM!
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COMMITTEES CURRENTLY SEEKING MEMBERS AT LARGE:
Farmers' Market Advisory Committee
Food Hub working committee
Farmers' Market working committee
Resource and Fund Development working committee
Member Services and Community Engagement committee
NOTE: If you'd prefer to apply for any committee or board position via email or via letter mail, we can send you a word document application or printed application form instead. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a copy.
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What We're About &
What We're Looking For
Fireweed Food Co-op is a nonprofit co-op for producers and supporters of Manitoba-grown sustainably produced food. We were founded under the belief that small-scale, mixed farming is the most ecologically sustainable and resource-efficient kind of agriculture. However, the globalized food system disadvantages small farmers by denying them the same economic subsidies and legal protections afforded to the largest scales of agriculture. Furthermore, capitalism and other structural forces deny many community members access to the basic needs of survival, including healthy, good quality food.
As a co-operative for both food consumers and producers, we are dedicated to creating a larger, more stable market for locally and sustainably produced food in the region, and to making good food more accessible to more individuals, families and community as a whole.
We envision a regional food system that is collaborative and prioritizes not only regenerative and sustainable ecological practices but fair labour practices, as well as one that is dedicated to increasing the accessibility of good food.
As an organization we are dedicated to accountability and engaging in anti-oppression work. We are in the ongoing process of developing a safe(r) spaces policy. Learn more here.
A vibrant urban space that connects local, sustainable food communities in Manitoba.
To improve and increase access to an urban market for small producers, while working to increase the accessibility of good food for all.
Our work is guided by the following vision comprised of four dimensions of a thriving local food economy:
A thriving community
A just local economy
Food access for all
What do we need help with?
It is always twofold for us: Making the food hub distribution centre an economically sustainable operation, as well as helping inform and refine our farmers’ market operations, which typically run from June to September. Both of these projects also seek to find ways to contribute positively to decreasing regional food insecurity. This means we’re looking for… Folks with industry experience! Folks with time, energy and passion for local food issues! Folks who want to see change in Manitoba’s food economy! If this sounds like you, keep reading…
BOARD ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
FFC’s Board of Directors currently consists of nine members coming to the table with a range of experiences including community development, business and economics, policy, research, farming, culinary arts and more.
Our board is a working board. In fall and winter our board meets on average once a month, either virtually or in-person (we’re flexible and also like to be safe during COVID, during which time we have been meeting virtually). During the spring and summer season, there is additional flexibility in terms of time commitment.
Board members are also asked to contribute to one or two committees which include:
Food Hub Committee, Farmers’ Market Committee, Safe(r) Spaces Committee, Internal Policy/HR Committee, Resource & Fund Development Committee, Radical Committee, and Membership Engagement Committee.
Committee work outside of board meetings can range from 2 hours per month to 4+ hours per month depending on a board members’ given capacity.
COMMITTEE ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Committee work can range from 2 hours per month to 4+ hours per month depending on a member's given capacity. Working committees typically meet once per month, or once every two months depending.
Steering committees meet less frequently, 2-4 times per year and do not require any input of time outside of meetings.
Whether board, staff, committee members or co-op members, our Fireweed team also enjoys meeting together informally on occasion to celebrate in the work and community, which includes events such as: seasonal barbeques /potlucks, volunteer appreciation, working meetings and get-togethers at the market.