FARM JOB: Prairies – Prairie Food System Vision, Solution Hub Animator

Posted by JoHana Harcourt on November 25, 2022

The Prairie Food System Vision Network is seeking a Solution Hub Animator!

ABOUT

The Prairie Food System Vision Network (PFSVN) is a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundations Food System Vision 2050 Prize. The network’s vision reimagines a prosperous, secure, just, and sustainable food system for the Prairies. We aim to bring together people, organizations, and institutions interested in transforming the food and agriculture system in Canada’s prairie region from an extractive model to a system of proven regenerative methods. Our vision aims to mitigate the impact of colonialism on the people and the land by changing the story about prairie food systems. Our new story—kwayēskastasowin wâhkôhtowin—illustrates how we can make things right by recognizing the relatedness of our peoples and our land.

One means of achieving this vision is the establishment of a “solution hub”, a social innovation laboratory dedicated to supporting a 30-year transformative agricultural process covering six key areas: economy, environment, diet, policy, technology, and culture.

For more information on the PFSVN visit: prairiefoodsystemvision.org.

For an example of a social innovation laboratory project addressing a complex issue see the Winnipeg Boldness Project website: winnipegboldness.ca.

DESIRED QUALITIES

Contract Position

The PFSVN is seeking a qualified individual for a 12-18-month contract to support the development of a pilot “Food Systems Solution Hub” in the Prairie region of Canada.
The individual chosen for this contract would build on the PFSVN’s contacts to engage with a range of persons—including practitioners, leaders of thought, community activists, youth, researchers, and academics—involved in issues related to food security, food sovereignty, decolonization, Indigenous food systems, agroecology, environmental sustainability, community development, capacity building, and employment. Interested persons would be invited to participate in a food system solution hub pilot project.

The pilot solutions hub will bring together collaborators over an extended period to propose, collect, refine, enact, and assess practices and projects that have potential to transform the prairie food system. The process will engage collaborators at both regional and local levels. Funding will be available to provide microgrants for solutions developed through local solution hubs in at least two locations.

We are seeking an individual with knowledge and/or experience in the following areas:

  • Food security, food sovereignty, agroecology, etc.
  • Working with Indigenous communities and knowledge of Indigenous culture
  • Familiarity with food issues in the Prairie region
  • Community and organizational development
  • Leading community consultative processes
  • Knowledge of social innovation laboratories

The contractor will work remotely.  Some travel will be required.

JOB DETAILS

Wage: Terms of the contract, including the contractor’s fees, are negotiable. This project is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation’s Food Initiative.

Term: The contract will be for a minimum of 12 months and may extend to 18 months. Time commitment requirements will vary month to month, with some periods requiring more intensive activity.

TO APPLY

Please email a letter expressing interest along with your CV to prairiefoodvision@gmail.com. For additional information send an email or contact Marla Carlson at 306-535-2710.

Indigenous persons are encouraged to apply.

When applying, please mention you saw this posting at youngagrarians.org

LEARN MORE ABOUT PRAIRIE FOOD SYSTEM VISION NETWORK

Website: prairiefoodsystemvision.org
Facebook: Prairie Food System Vision

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