We need 40 plot holders to fill up our community garden space. Plot holders are responsible for growing and maintaining a 5-foot x 20-foot plot. We ask that plot holders donate half of their plot’s produce to the Care Center. In exchange, plot holders are free to keep half of the produce for themselves. Plot holders are responsible for purchasing seeds, maintaining their plots, and donating half of their produce to the Grace Care Center. Update: As of May 1, our plot holder spots are full. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the wait list.
Care Center Leaders
Care Center volunteers will be helping us to work the larger 20-foot by 20-foot Care Center plots. Every week during the growing season, the Care Center will have shifts on Monday morning from 10am-noon and on Thursday evenings from 7-9pm. We need at least four leaders willing to lead the Care Center volunteers that will be out at the gardens, and we need leaders willing to commit to 2-4 work shifts a month. We will equip you with the information and resources necessary, but that work includes: communicating what needs to be done in what priority to volunteers who show up (we will provide you with the tasks each week), debriefing with volunteers for a few minutes before and after the shift, and locking up when everyone is finished. Examples of tasks include the following: weeding, watering, picking and sorting produce as it comes in, turning compost, etc.
If you’re interested in being a Care Center Leader or learning more, please contact email@example.com.
We also need some more experienced gardeners that would be willing to take responsibility for certain crops and help assist the Care Center leaders and volunteers in how to best care for that crop throughout the season.
In addition to the leadership roles listed above, we need beginner and experienced gardeners willing to fill teams, support plot holders, and help out around the gardens as needed. 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.
If you’ve never gardened before but want to learn more, we need you. If you’ve gardened for decades and are willing to share your knowledge, we need you. If you’ve gardened a bit in the past, but haven’t for awhile for whatever reason, we need you!
As a part of our efforts to restore the broken ecosystem of the soil, we are scaling up our compost efforts. We need volunteers willing to collect shredded paper, coffee grounds, fallen leaves, and other organic materials. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Spread the Word
Even if you can’t help with next year’s gardens, we need your help to spread the word about Project Eden. Share Project Eden with friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers who you think might be interested!
Check out our depiction of the 2015 Project Eden Gardens to give you a better idea of how things will look.
Here are some additional one or two time volunteer opportunities:
- 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. We 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.
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.