Join our family of volunteers and members in growing
the local food movement!
See our Volunteer Opportunities and how to become a Member below.
The Backyard Farm & Market's constitution requires us to have members and we're focused on building a local and informed membership. You can become a member by signing up here (or you can join by indicating interest and giving your contact info to one of us at a meeting or at the market). Volunteers or vendors in good standing are also members. Our Human Resources Policy and Code of Conduct can be found here. All members are informed of what's happening through newsletters, are invited to relevant meetings and have voting privileges at Annual General Meetings (AGMs). We hope you'll join us! RSVP to the meeting here. You can see the Strategic Plan here.
Volunteering: We are a community-led organization with contract seasonal staff and therefore are unable to accept youth volunteers. If you are under the age of 18 please see Ecosource a Mississauga environmental organization offering youth volunteering programs.
Volunteer opportunities for the 2019 Market Season: July 11th - october 10th
Do you like people as much as your dog? The volunteer coordinator is our chief people organizer, who knows all the volunteer roles and slots and trains and supports volunteers in these roles. All helping the market run smoothly because of the great team of volunteers they've empowered.Great experience for anyone in a Volunteer Management or Human Resources program or thinking about it. Don't worry, you'll be supported to!
On average 4 hours a month with some additional Thursday afternoons (3:00 pm - 4:30 pm) during the market season July-October for volunteer meetings/training's as needed.
Is your happy place writing and are interested in food and the environment? The communication assistant works with the project folks and vendors writing the newsletter (weekly, June to the first week of October) and periodically before. You don't have to be a writer, just enjoy doing it. There are lots of places to get content and we'll train you on the newsletter software, if this is new to you. We just need your creative, engaging, fun composition.
3-8 hrs/week May - October; or 1 hours a week from Fall to June (this time is spent on keeping our social media active)
Market Day Volunteers (Set up & take Down)
A lot goes on behind the scenes to get the market ready as well as when it closes, such as signage, tents, tables, chairs, and the information and community booth. We work together and get some exercise in the process.
Thursdays: 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm, or 5:30 pm- 8:00 pm or 2:30 - 8:15. Join us often or as you can, July - October. If these times don’t work, let us know what times do work. As long as the time you participate is consistent, it can work.
Photos help to capture all the food and fun at the farmers market and our unique space with community gardens. We can never have enough to use in promotional materials, website, social media, etc. Whether you're just learning, growing your hobby or do this pretty regularly and looking to give back, you're welcome. Bring your camera or if you can shoot using your smartphone, use it. Thursdays between 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm: 1-2 hours. Join us often or as you can, July - October.
Information Booth/Customer Service- thursdays - 2.5- 4 hours between 3:00 PM -8:00 pm
Do you like to host? Be the welcoming face to customers at the information booth, welcoming them with a smile, engaging them with the loyalty shopper program, sharing the project/market mission and handing out free recipes and relevant brochures.
Healthy Eating Eco Kitchen - thursdays - 3:00 PM - 7:00 pm
Like cooking with healthy ingredients? We are looking for someone to manage and run this program. Teach others how to cook your signature vegetable dish, using ingredients from our wonderful vendors - we have a full, pop-up, outdoor, eco kitchen set up and program ideas. July - October.
Musicians & DJ's - thursdays 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Music makes the market go round! Whether you are seasoned or looking for places to get experience performing in front of people. We offer musicians and DJ's an informal, outdoor community venue to play on Thursdays. Please review and fill out the Musician Application then scan and email it to Gabi at market[at]embackyardfarm.com who will get back to you. Join us often or as you can, July - October.
Farm & Garden Support
Planting, watering, weeding, mulching, harvesting, interact with the calming, peaceful urban farm. If you like being outdoors, doing something physical (yes gardening burns calories) and don't mind getting into the soil then this gigs for you. Volunteers work together to help maintain the community site and gardens. Saturdays anytime between 8:30 A.M. - Noon - May to September.
NOTE: We are looking for Site Coordinators to coordinate site and garden volunteers on evenings or Saturday mornings. See job description here.
Contact us at email@example.com to get involved.
Board of Directors
have Board experience? OUR board is looking for members, and you can contact us when the market and gardens are closed if you are interested.
See the position description here and send us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested but don't have board experience? Start on a committee (e.g finance, human resources, fund development, marketing). Email us at the volunteer link above.
local businesses/organizations, let's connect and share
Help us spread the word about The Backyard Farm & Market. Do you work at or own a like minded business? Can you put up a poster, have postcards at your reception/cash out area and or link us to your website? Email: market[at]embackyardfarm.com. Reciprocally, be a featured organization or business in our Community Tent.