Coordinator for Urban Organic Gardening Seminars  

VOLUNTEER POSITION

COG OSO is looking for a Coordinator for our Annual Spring Urban Organic Gardening Seminars to organize and develop the Seminars held in April and May annually. An honorarium will be offered in September 2018 based on the financial success of the seminars (minimum of $300) to support sustainable leadership for the seminars.

This is an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to meet and work with like-minded leaders in the urban organic gardening community in the National Capital to administer these annual seminars. The candidate will be offered an honorarium after completing the Seminar feedback to the Steering Committee in September 2018 based on the financial success of the seminars but with a minimum of $300 – as an incentive to continue into 2019.

The Seminars take place in April-May annually at a central location offering several seminars in English and currently one seminar in French with a menu of core organic gardening topics plus two topics that rotate every 2-3 years based on popular demand. This is a volunteer position for a minimum of one year. 

Here is a brief description of this position

  1. Mentoring with the former coordinator in the organization of the Annual Spring Urban Organic Gardening Seminars to carry out the mandate for the Seminars.
  2. Coordinating Instructors and Volunteers, Seminar Plans, the implementation of the Promotion Plan, Surveys of Satisfaction & Suggestions, the June Planning Meeting of the Advisory Committee and reporting to the Steering Committee prior to payment of the honorarium.
  3. Staying aware of other gardening groups offering workshops and courses in organic gardening in Ottawa Gatineau communities
  4. Developing an Application for funding for Implementation of the new Community – oriented Mandate
  5. Other duties as needed

This is an opportunity to make a meaningful and a lasting contribution to our communities in the area of developing awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment for gardeners wanting to learn about organic growing of their own vegetables, herbs, fruit and edible flowers and to become community ambassadors for organic growing.

COG OSO is a regional chapter of a national charity, whose mandate is to lead local and national communities towards sustainable organic stewardship of land, food and fibre while respecting nature, upholding social justice and protecting natural resources.

We are a lively and enthusiastic group based in Ottawa, and we offer numerous events and programs year-round to support knowledge and skills for farmers, gardeners, educators, children, seniors, and anyone who is interested in eating healthy food and living in healthy environments. Details of our activity are available at our website: http://www.cog.ca/ottawa. Nearly all of our activities are coordinated by volunteers, and are sponsored by many different organizations. You will have opportunities to learn about organic agriculture locally and on a broader scale.

Please visit our website to get to know us a bit: www.cog.ca/ottawa/get-involved/volunteer-with-cog/.

Write to us at: seminars.uog.cog.oso@gmail.com telling us why this position interests you and how your experiences and education would qualify you for this important volunteer work.

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Senior Organic Gardeners’ Appreciation Event

Friday, September 1, 2017 at 2:30 pm
800 St. Laurent, Ottawa, Ontario

There will be expressions of appreciation to Senior Organic Gardeners’ major funder, the Trillium Foundation, and to our grassroots donors and supporters

Tours of the gardens – Aboriginal singing & drumming – Refreshments served

Please come and meet some of our senior gardeners!

RSVP to Margaret at: sog@cog.ca

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.

Senior Organic Gardeners – established in 2012 – offers opportunities for seniors to engage in organic vegetable, herb and edible flower gardening, and to benefit from the healthy activity and restful therapy that gardening can offer.

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Organic Success Program

Organic Success

Are you thinking about certifying your farm operations? Do you need help navigating the process, or simply want to learn more about what it takes?
COG can help!

Canadian Organic Growers is currently recruiting participants for their new Organic Success Program. Over the course of several months, this pilot program will walk Ontario farmers through the transition to organic production and certification. Farmer-participants will be able to go through a mock inspection on their own farm and receive follow-up coaching. In addition, workshops on subjects like record keeping and interpreting the organic standards will be held. We will also focus on tailoring the program to the needs and interests of the participants.

To find out more about this new, exciting program and what it could mean for your farm, click here or get in touch with: rachael@cog.ca or sarah@cog.ca

Funding for this program was generously provided by:

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