The following amazing individuals will be running for new leadership positions in the Maloca Community Garden for the upcoming season! Please come to the Maloca Election Meeting on Tuesday, March 15th @ 12:30pm – 2:00pm at HNES 142 to hear what these wonderful folks have to say about themselves and their visions for Maloca!
Will Hill – Maloca Community Garden Coordinator
As the coordinator, I can bring a number of years of farming and gardening experience to the position. Most recently, I spent the winter of 2009/10 working at an environmental education centre in Oaxaca, Mexico, where I worked in the organic gardens there, and ran environmental education workshops to visiting groups. Last summer, I did a CRAFT organic farm internship near Creemore, Ontario with The New Farm. In addition to our farmers’ market and CSA, we worked with The STOP, organizing fundraisers to supply our vegetables to their food bank and community kitchen programs. From these experiences I’ve gained a solid base in organic farming, environmental education, event planning and community engagement. In addition to gardening, I want to focus on creating greater student involvement through independent directed study, work and volunteer experience, that combines academics with action. For me, environmental concerns are never divorced from social justice. Being a community garden, I want to help ensure that the garden is open to the surrounding communities as much as possible. I’m interested in the potential to engage neighbouring community members, whether through garden visits, education days, parties and events, collaborations, and donations to shelters and food banks.
Ellen Kaross – Maloca Community Garden Coordinator
I would be a successful Maloca Community Garden Coordinator because I am organized, goal-oriented, committed to social justice, anti-oppression and equity, and an attentive leader. I possess demonstrated experience preparing schedules, recruiting volunteers, facilitating orientation sessions, compiling reports and working collaboratively on a team. My M.E.S. work predominantly explores the ways in which food can be used as an educational tool and a catalyst for social change, as well as the relationship between food and culture. Throughout my Undergraduate experience, I was thoroughly engaged with York University in social, academic, peer mentorship and volunteer capacities. Therefore, this role, which complements my academic and personal interests, is a natural extension of my previous community involvement and leadership. Finally, I possess an intermediate knowledge of gardening and the principles of organic agriculture, which I have acquired from personal experience and throughout my ongoing 2-year volunteer stint at The Stop Community Food Centre. Above all, I am enthusiastic, positive and passionate. If you would like to learn more about what I envision for the Maloca Community Garden don’t hesitate to approach me or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. I appreciate your consideration. I will see you out in the garden!
Ana Luisa Santo – Maloca Community Garden Coordinator
My name is Ana and I am a graduate student at York, currently finishing my Masters degree in music, but I also love being outside and getting my hands dirty! I grew up watching my family growing their own vegetables wherever they could, and I have absorbed a lot of information in my three years with Maloca, although I am always eager to learn more. Living on campus makes it easy for me to visit Maloca regularly, and I have always found that my best skills seem to be in organizing and planning, so I feel up for the challenge of helping co-ordinate the garden.
Alexa Macaulay – Community and Student Engagement Representative
As a self-described summer-time farmer, Alexa MacAulay has been WWOOFing and interning on farms since she was sixteen. From the Okanagan valley in British Columbia, to rural New York, to Ganonaque, Ontario, and in the Pyrénée mountains in France, Alexa has pruned, transplanted, harvested and weeded a rainbow of fruits and vegetables with a curious hand. In her third year undergrad in Environmental studies and Community Arts, Alexa is currently trying to mend her divide of farmer/artist and is hoping to stay in Toronto for part of the summer. Alexa would love to make it easier for students to get involved with Maloca, and to help keep Maloca going as a successful and bountiful student club. Let the growing begin!