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Call for Board Nominations

By the Bushel’s Executive Board of Directors is seeking new members!

The Board holds an essential role the co-operative, helping to guide the co-op, ensuring that decisions made properly represent the needs and desires of its members, and that they align with the co-op’s value system, bylaws, and  business plan. Our Board is currently comprised of consumer, worker, and producer members, creating a fair representation of all facets of the By the Bushel community. However, changes to our Board will leave us underrepresented and therefore struggling to take By the Bushel to where it wants to go in the future.

As a member, you have the right to be a part of the Board if elected, and a responsibility to take an active role within your co-op, as we are all part-owners of this wonderful community organization.

As BTB is in the process of scaling-up, we are looking for people who are both skilled and confident in any the following areas, however any useful skills are appreciated and can be worked with:

  • Financial Reporting and Planning
  • Small-Business Operation and Scaling-Up
  • Events and Education
  • Fundraising
  • Human Resources and  Communication

Much of the work we do is behind-the-scenes, but we assure you it has great influence on the success of our co-operative. Board meetings are held monthly (usually for 2 hours), with additional hours required for committee work as the co-op requires. On average, Board members spend 10 hours per month performing tasks and responsibilities.
Board terms last 2 years, with the possibility of re-election if you’d like to stay on!

If you are interested in joining a position on our Board, or know someone you think would be a good fit, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are hoping to accept and vote in new Board members at this year’s Annual General Meeting on June 19th.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or wish to nominate yourself or someone else, email btbboard@gmail.com.

Hiring Co-op Production Coordinator Assistant (Summer Student)

Position: Co-op Production Coordinator Assistant (Summer Student)

Organization: By the Bushel Community Food Co-operative

Website: www.bythebushel.ca

Location: Peterborough, ON

Duration: 30hrs/week for 7 weeks (July 10th – August 25th, 2017)

Hourly Wage: $12.90/hr (3-4 days/week, including the possibility of working some evenings and weekends)

 

By the Bushel (BTB) Community Food Co-operative was formed in the spring of 2009 following two years of community discussions regarding the need to move toward a more sustainable food system in the Peterborough area. BTB operates as a producer/employee/consumer (multi-stakeholder) not-for-profit co-operative. Currently, BTB offers local, ecologically grown baskets of produce weekly in the spring and summer and monthly in the winter.

 

We are seeking a summer student to fill our Co-op Production Coordinator Assistant position who will work directly with the Co-op Operations Coordinator and the Co-op Production Coordinator and contribute to the organization and facilitation of the in-coming produce and farm-based products for By the Bushel’s weekly summer produce basket pick-up as well as receiving, sorting and displaying produce, some customer service, sales and working with Quick books and other office inventory and ordering systems.

 

By the Bushel is currently in the process of recruiting more producers in order to offer more local products to our membership.  The Co-op Production Coordinator Assistant would act as a co-op representative during co-op and community events, presentations, conferences, etc.  The student would have the opportunity to work on the website to update producer information and products.

 

This position was created by Canada Summer Jobs and applicants must meet the following criteria:

 

Eligibility

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • Have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year at a postsecondary institution and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations
  • Priority will be given to hiring a qualified Aboriginal student.

 

Job Duties

The Co-op Production Coordinator Assistant will be responsible for carrying out the following activities:

  • Assist with the organization of the in-coming produce and farm-based products for By the Bushel’s weekly summer produce basket pick-up
  • Contribute to the organization and facilitation of BTB’s weekly summer produce basket pick-up (Thursdays and Fridays) including:
    • Receiving and verifying producer deliveries
    • Sorting and displaying produce
    • Organizing all produce in accordance with that week’s basket contents
    • Facilitating basket payments and additional sales
    • Assisting with developing weekly basket newsletters
    • Other duties as necessary
  • Provide ongoing support to the Co-op’s Operations Coordinator and Co-op’s Production Coordinator with promotion, outreach and education to establish new  producer connections
  • Assist with developing and expanded producer product and product availability lists
  • Assist with inventory and market research to ensure we are sourcing in demand commodities.
  • Assist with establishing wholesale relationships in our community.
  • Assist with the research and development of a product labelling system and with other initiatives that would support the growth of the co-op.
  • Act as a co-op representative during co-op and community events and presentations.
  • Provide ongoing support to the BTB staff for additional activities as necessary

 

Qualifications

  • Studying food systems, sustainable agriculture, environmental studies, Indigenous studies, sustainability studies, communications, business, non-for-profit management or another relevant field
  • Passionate about sustainable food and familiarity and interest in the co-operative model
  • Retail food and food handling experience would be an asset
  • Research experience would be an asset.
  • Familiarity with local food suppliers would be an asset.
  • Preferred experience in one or more of the following areas: marketing/sales, communications and/or events planning.
  • Computer skills, and experience working with Excel and other Microsoft Programs, website and social media experience, photography, video and/or other media background would be an asset.
  • Ability to engage in physically demanding work
  • Self-starter/self-motivated
  • Ability to multi-task and able to readily adapt to changing needs and priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently or in small team environments
  • Willing and able to work from multiple sites including their own and others’ home offices, the produce basket pick up location, event, and farm sites
  • Full G license and access to a vehicle would be an asset

 

How to Apply:

Interested applicants are asked to email their cover letter and resume to btbcfc.hr@gmail.com no later than Sunday, May 14th at 5 pm with the subject line “Co-op Production Assistant.”

Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Looking to Hire Co-op Operations Coordinator Assistant (Summer Student)

Position: Co-op Operations Coordinator Assistant (Summer Student)

Organization: By the Bushel Community Food Co-operative

Website: www.bythebushel.ca

Location: Peterborough, ON

Duration: 30hrs/week for 7 weeks (May 23 – July 7th, 2017)

Hourly Wage: $12.9/hr (3-4 days/week, including the possibility of working some evenings and weekends)

 

By the Bushel (BTB) Community Food Co-operative was formed in the spring of 2009 following two years of community discussions regarding the need to move toward a more sustainable food system in the Peterborough area. BTB operates as a producer/employee/consumer (multi-stakeholder) not-for-profit co-operative. Currently, BTB offers local, ecologically grown baskets of produce weekly in the spring and summer and monthly in the winter.

 

We are seeking a summer student to fill our Co-op Operations Coordinator Assistant position who will work directly with the Co-op Operations Coordinator and contribute to the organization and facilitation of By the Bushel’s weekly summer produce basket pick-up.  These tasks include receiving, sorting and displaying produce, customer service, sales and working with Quick books and other office inventory and ordering systems.  They will also provide ongoing support in the areas of marketing, outreach, education and communications such as newsletters, social media and website blogs and posts. They will also gain experience working with our website to keep it up today and content relevant.  The student will act as a co-op representative during co-op and community events, presentations, conferences, etc.

 

This position was created by Canada Summer Jobs and applicants must meet the following criteria:

 

Eligibility

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • Have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year at a postsecondary institution and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations
  • Priority will be given to hiring a qualified Aboriginal student.

 

Job Duties

The Co-op Operations Coordinator Assistant will be responsible for carrying out the following activities:

  • Contribute to the organization and facilitation of BTB’s weekly summer produce basket pick-up (Thursdays and Fridays) including:
    • Assisting with developing weekly basket newsletters
    • Receiving and verifying producer deliveries
    • Organizing all produce in accordance with that week’s basket contents
    • Merchandising and organizing orders of other farm products as needed
    • Facilitating basket payments and additional sales
    • Other duties as necessary
  • Provide ongoing support to the Co-op’s Operations Coordinator with research, marketing, communications, outreach, education, and other initiatives that would support the growth of the co-op, including:
    • Creating co-op information and content for our newsletter, website, social media, and marketing and advertising platforms (including photographs and written content)
    • Planning and implementing of co-op and community events, workshops, etc. including our Annual General Meeting
    • Provide research assistance for the scaling-up of our co-operative enterprise.
  • Act as a co-op representative during co-op and community events and presentations.
  • Assist with the coordination of co-op volunteers.
  • Provide ongoing support to the BTB staff for additional activities as necessary

 

Qualifications

  • Studying food systems, sustainable agriculture, environmental studies, Indigenous studies, sustainability studies, communications, business, non-for-profit management or another relevant field
  • Passionate about sustainable food and familiarity and interest in the co-operative model
  • Retail food and food handling experience would be an asset
  • Research experience would be an asset.
  • Preferred experience in one or more of the following areas: marketing/sales, communications and/or events planning.
  • Computer skills, and experience working with Microsoft programs, website and social media experience, graphic design, photography, video and/or other media background would be an asset
  • Ability to engage in physically demanding work
  • Self-starter/self-motivated
  • Ability to multi-task and able to readily adapt to changing needs and priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently or in small team environments
  • Willing and able to work from multiple sites including their own and others’ home offices, the produce basket pick up location, event, and farm sites
  • Full G license and access to a vehicle would be an asset

 

How to Apply:

Interested applicants are asked to email their cover letter and resume to btbcfc.hr@gmail.com no later than Sunday, May 14th at 5 pm with the subject line “Co-op Operations Assistant.”

Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Enter your Shopping List to Win One of Two $50.00 Gift Certificates to St. Veronus

By the Bushel is working toward opening a store front in Spring 2018.  To better meet our members needs we want to be sure that we are sourcing the local and sustainably grown products that will satisfy your shopping requirements.

This is where we need your help and input.  Send us your weekly shopping list or receipts and let us know when and where you shop as well.

In return for your efforts you will be entered in a draw to win one of two $50.00 gift certificates to St. Veronus.

Simply take a photo or scan your list or receipts and e-mail them  to coop@bythebushel.ca.  Alternatively, you can drop them off during basket pick up days or come visit us at Seedy Sunday on March 12.  You can also mail it to:

542 Rogers Street
Peterborough, ON
K9H 1X2

Be sure we have your e-mail or phone number so we can contact you if you win!  This contest is not limited to members so let your friends know.  We would love to hear from them as well.  Contest closes March 20.

Spring Produce Baskets On Sale Now

Treat yourself to freshly harvested, local and ecologically grown produce to celebrate the spring.  This basket runs for 6 weeks from the first of May to mid June.  For more details go to the shop page.   While you’re there check out our Main Season baskets as well!