A letter from Sara, Senior Director of Project Eden
I hope you all are enjoying a restful start to the new year. I am writing to you to thank you for such a wonderful season for the Project Eden Gardens: we grew more food than ever before to give to our Care Center friends, we helped to restore the fragile soil in our garden area, we built community, and we gave ourselves and other visitors a glimpse of the Kingdom here on earth as we gardened together. I count each of you, your time, and passion as one of our greatest gifts of 2015. Thank you!
- Additional leaders (2-3) for the Care Center plots. We have two work days throughout the season (Monday mornings and Thursday evenings, right now, but those may be subject to change depending on schedules). We needindividuals willing to lead 3-4 work days a month. We will equip you with the information and resources necessary to do so, but that work includes: communicating what needs to be done in what priority to volunteers who show up, debriefing with volunteers for a few minutes before and after the shift, and locking up when everyone is finished.
- Additional regular volunteers for the Care Center plots. We could use 20 or more of these individuals who can commit to showing up regularly to work the Care Center plots during the aforementioned shifts, but realistically, even five more people who could commit to 2-3 shifts a month would be wonderful.
- Volunteers to prep and close down plots. The most time consuming and physically tiring work comes at the beginning and the end of the season. Perhaps you can’t commit to regular slots during the growing season, but you could be available for planting weekend and closing down weekend.
- Communication help. I need help coming up with content, addressing questions, and just generally communicating with the entire garden team throughout the season. When there is so much to do out at the gardens, it is easy to push this important aspect to the back burner. However, one of our values as an organization is community, so we want to do a better job of communicating throughout the season as a means of building community.
- And much more!
What ideas do you have to make the gardens better and to make the gardeners/volunteers experience better? We need your ideas and your initiative to make them happen. Some ideas that have been proposed for next year include: many more social gatherings out at the gardens, regular prayers walks together out at the gardens, social events throughout the year outside of the gardening season, book clubs, a farmer’s market after church services which would benefit the Care Center, better signage for our produce at the Care Center.