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Withrow Park Farmers’ Market (WPFM) is an upbeat outdoor community featuring fresh, local and sustainably grown foods. The market is open every Saturday 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine, from June 1 to October 12, 2019 and serves the wider Riverdale community.
People are increasingly shopping at farmers' markets to support local farmers and to purchase food without packaging. Yet not all farmers' markets are waste free. With the addition of a Zero Waste Ambassador, we'd like to change that!
Although reuse, compost, and recycling will play large parts in our Zero Waste Program, the top priority is reduction. The long-term goal of WPFM is to reduce waste overall by not creating it in the first place. One of the ways that WPFM is already working to reach this goal is the implementation of our reusable dishware program last year. We washed our items over 2000 times, saving that many single-use items from the landfill. This year we’d like to beat this number!
The Zero Waste Ambassador will play a vital role in helping the market achieve its goal of zero waste by overseeing our reusable dishware program, and other zero waste programming based on your own personal interests.
Duration: Saturdays from June 1 to October 12, 2019
The ideal volunteer will want to take leadership of this role for 5 or more Markets between June 1 to October 12.
Time: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm (3 hrs per market + misc time at home)
Training: All training and coaching will be provided during your first shift.
Distribute and replenish clean dishware to prepared food vendors at the Market
Maintain a tidy area for dirty dishes and compost drop off
Interact with market patrons who stop by the Zero Waste Hub tent, answering their questions, and telling them about zero waste programming at the market
Ensure that dirty dishes are washed and sanitized at the end of every market (dishes will be cleaned at a nearby kitchen in a dishwasher) and neatly placed in storage for the following week
Promote WPFM’s Zero Waste programming on social media (i.e. the reusable dishware, swaps, clothing drives, battery and electronics recycling etc.)
Occasionally assist in waste reduction research
In collaboration with the Market Manager help to support and encourage vendors in their journey to reducing waste at their booths
Work with the Market’s Operations Committee as required
Must be available to volunteer on July 6th during the Zero Waste Picnic, a special event WPFM is hosting
Possess a positive and judgment-free attitude about waste reduction
Must be able to lift 30lbs and push a cart with 50lbs on it
Food Handlers Certification is an asset
Comfortable handling compost and food waste
Accepting of all food types