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The changes are complete!

Our site theme has been updated, and our ordering software has received a pretty hefty upgrade.  It looks like everything survived the transition in one piece, and if you ran into some little hiccups over the past couple of days, we apologize.  It’s a lot of careful work to move so much data around.  We hope you enjoy the refresh, and find it a little easier to navigate than before.

If you have any comments, or concerns, please send them to webmaster@cloverbeltlocalfoodcoop.com, or send us a note on our Facebook page!

Changes Coming To Website

Keep your eyes open for some changes coming to the CLFC website this week.  We’re going to be rolling out a new look very soon, AND we’re completing a major update to the software that runs our weekly order cycles.  So this Saturday when you go to log in, don’t be completely shocked at the changes.  Things will look a little different, but pretty much everything will still operate the same way you’ve become used to.

We’re hoping all will go without a hitch.  (And if not, we’ll roll it all back and figure out what happened!)  Hope you like the changes!

LOCAL FOOD PROJECT MANAGEMENT OPPORTUNITY

Title: Regional Project Manager

Organization: Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op

Location: based in Dryden, with work throughout the region, Ontario

The Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op is the first on-line co-op in Northwestern Ontario. Incorporated as a non-profit, multi-stakeholder co-operative in 2013, we strengthen local food security and rural sustainability by encouraging local production of a diverse range of foods and consumer products.

CLFC strives to foster a thriving local food community by: cultivating & facilitating farmer-consumer relationships; promoting the enjoyment of naturally grown, fairly priced, healthy food; and providing education & resources regarding environmentally sensitive agriculture.

With a growing membership which already exceeds 500 consumers, producers, and community organizations, CLFC’s primary goals are to increase sales of locally produced food and products, support environmentally friendly & sustainable farming practices in our area, and encourage cohesion amongst individuals and organizations who wish to support local food production.

We are seeking a project manager to oversee a Regional Food Mapping & Distribution Project for an 18 month minimum term.

1. Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op Regional Project Manager

a. Terms of Reference (TOR)

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the incumbent will implement a project on Mapping Local Food Systems in Northwestern Ontario.

General description of task(s) and objectives to be achieved:

  • Provide strategic direction and leadership in the implementation of the project in the Northewestern Ontario region
  • Prepare, coordinate and manage detailed work plans/budget of the project
  • Monitor and ensure the quality and timeliness of the execution of project work plans, reporting, and deliverables
  • Work in collaboration with Steering Advisory Committee (SAC)
  • Plan and execute Stakeholder Advisory Committees (SAC) Meetings and Minutes
  • Execute the environmental scan process with support from students researchers/volunteers
  • Execute the asset and resource mapping process
  • Assist in the identifying and hiring process of consultants
  • Plan and execute the project communications & outreach plan
  • Plan and execute the project information & knowledge management plan
  • Oversee the development of the geo-spatial web modeling tool
  • Plan events and capacity-building activities-workshops/training/demonstrations
  • Project report writing
  • Establish and maintain effective links with of the project partners, faculty members and ensure their involvement and ownership at all levels of the implementation of the project
  • Oversee logistics and administration with support staff
  • Execute project exit plan
  • Perform other related duties as required

Required Competencies:

  • Advanced university degree in agriculture sciences, rural development, natural resources, or related fields and/or
  • At least 7 years’ experience in senior project management and coordination position in a related development and community engagement project, and
  • Experience with research methodology and concepts
  • Experience working with information and knowledge management
  • Ability to plan and manage events
  • Ability to develop and execute communications plan
  • Working in team environment and defining and achieving set up targets
  • Demonstrated capacity to support, advise and guide institutional building processes
  • Capacity to liaise and effectively work with various partners
  • Strong managerial/leadership and decision making-skills, interpersonal skill, commitment to team work and working across disciplines and stakeholders at all levels
  • Ability to plan, organize, implement and report on work
  • Excellent communication, writing and presentation skills in English

Please email applications in confidence to:
jen@cloverbeltlocalfoodcoop.com*

or mail to:
Jen Springett c/o PACE
Box 668
Dryden, ON P8N 2Z3

Deadline for applications: March 31st, 2015

Applications received after the closing date will not be given consideration. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview and presentation.

Farm to Fork: Honey Love Event Details!

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Tickets are now SOLD OUT for this sweet event!

Here are the much anticipated details:

Farm to Fork: Honey Love

Sunday, February 8 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Kano Reid

Cost: $50 per person (plus applicable taxes and fees) – Bottles of wine also available for purchase (pre-sale online) to compliment your meal.

Includes: 5-course-honey inspired meal, expertly prepared by Kano Reid’s Red Seal Chef Kyle Barker, washed down with a pint of Lake of the Woods Honey Lager,  while local honey producer Paula Hughes from Cherry Bell Hideout delves into the subtleties of honey production.

5-course-honey-inspired menu:

Amuse bouche: Charcuterie, Thunder Oak Gouda cheeses, hot pepper jelly, apple, pickle, creamed honey, bee pollen.

Appetizer: “Eggs Charlotte.” Soft poached egg, Eagle Lake whitefish, mead reduction hollandaise, English muffin, radish, bee pollen

Salad: Rabbit and wild rice in honey lager vinaigrette, dried cranberry, orange segments, honey glazed pistachios, torn radicchio.

Main: Bee pollen crusted rack of lamb, celeriac purée, sautéed fennel, honey and saffron cream sauce, tarragon and rosemary oils.

Dessert: Bread pudding, spun honey, grapefruit-pecan honey

Featuring local suppliers:

Cherry Belt Hideout, Honey Mill Farms, Rainy River Meats, Thread of Flour, Lake of the Woods Brewery, Hale’s Fisheries, Bulk Zone and Thunder Oak Cheese Farm.