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Community farming project plants two new jobs

Amy Fehr works in the Patchwork Community Farms garden in Vernon as part of a Job Creation Partnership between the Government of BC and the Kindale Developmental Association. Amy and another worker are getting valuable work experience working in urban agriculture, as well as promoting the garden to recruit volunteers.
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August 28, 2014 - 1:12 PM

VERNON - Two people are rolling up their sleeves and getting valuable work experience as the B.C. government partners with the Kindale Developmental Association, contributing more than $27,000 to start a volunteer community gardening program.

As part of the Job Creation Partnership, the Patchwork Community Farms project is providing work experience in urban agriculture, program development, marketing and event hosting over 32 weeks. This project focuses on generating interest in non-profits, school groups and the general public to generate volunteers for Patchwork Community Farms with the potential to expand to other community gardens.

Job Creation Partnerships are part of the Employment Program of BC's Community and Employer Partnerships, which fund projects that increase employability and share labour market information.

To date, more than 340 job seekers have benefited from work experience and approximately 100 projects have been funded throughout the province.

Quick Facts:

* In 2014-15, the ministry has committed to investing $331 million in employment and labour market programs under the Employment Program of BC.
* The Employment Program of BC is funded by the Province of British Columbia as well as the Government of Canada through the Labour Market
Development Agreement.
* The Community and Employer Partnerships program is featured in B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint that helps align training and education with in-demand jobs and provides more support to people who are struggling to gain a foothold in the job market or who face unique challenges.

Learn More:

For more information on Community and Employer Partnerships:

To find a local WorkBC Employment Services Centre:

To learn more about the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation:

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