Mississauga Fruit Tree Community Organization is seeking volunteers for our Board of Directors.

Our Mission

To mobilize the residents of the Malton community to pick surplus fruits from backyard fruit trees and grow food in backyards gardens, this food will be donated to the local food banks in Malton.

History

Mississauga Fruit Tree Community Organization (MFT) is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization in Malton, Mississauga, and was formed in 2009. Our mission is to make use of the abundant fruit growing in our urban environments and encourage people to grow food. Currently the bulk of fruit grown in backyards and in our cities goes to waste, while the fruit we consume is grown in water-intensive orchards far from our homes. The Mississauga Fruit Tree envisions a different future, where the bulk of backyard fruit is utilized and shared between neighbors and everyone has access to healthy food. We are empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care for back- yard fruit trees; we are preventing waste, building community knowledge and resources, and creating sustainable, cost-free ways to obtain healthy, locally- grown food. We have targeted the community of Malton in pursuit of this endeavor, so as to enhance sustainability, environmental awareness and healthy living.

The Mississauga Fruit Tree is dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times. We intend to offer a program that provides a comprehensive blend of urban agriculture training and technical support for community projects helping low-income communities become more self-sufficient accessing food through growing their own. All of our programs are forums for people to share knowledge about self-sufficiency through gardening, skills for good eating habits, and tools to build a vibrant community.

Board of Director Position Description:

      1. Attend regular meetings of the MFT Board of Directors, which are each approximately two hours in duration. The board meets at least eight (8) times per year. Be accessible for personal contact in between board meetings.
      2. Provide leadership to board committees. Each board director is expected to serve as an active, ongoing member of at least one committee. This requires a number of meetings per year plus individual committee task completion time. Presently committees include Public Relations, Resource Development, Board Development and Program Service.
      3. Commit time to developing financial resources for MFT. This includes making a personally meaningful dedicated time as well as supporting other fund development activities of the MFT, in a manner appropriate for board directors.
      4. Prepare in advance for decision-making and policy formation at board meetings; take responsibility for self-education on the major issues before the board.
      5. Responsibly review and act upon committee recommendations brought to the board for action.
      6. Participate in the annual board director self-review process.
      7. Participate in the annual board development and planning retreat usually held in January of each year.
      8. In general, utilize personal and professional skills, relationships and knowledge for the advancement of MFT.

Please be aware that a majority of our volunteer work takes place in Malton and our Board of Director meetings are located in Brampton. Therefore, it is imperative that applicants are familiar with this region and are able to arrange their own transport to these locations.

Interested individuals are asked to submit at least two references and a resume for consideration. Please forward by email to navneet@mississaugafruittree.org