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Opportunity Details

Children & Youth Education, Environment

Age Minimum (with Adult): 10+, Minimum Age:18+

Permaculture Garden Workday


Have you always wanted to learn basic gardening skills but don’t know where to start? Would you enjoy supporting a project that will directly impact thousands of school aged students this year? If so, look no further than GROW!
 
At GROW, we are building the city’s first permaculture park space. This means we are creating an urban farming space where woodlands are maximized, and food systems are integrated throughout the space we manage. It’s our goal to demonstrate sustainable urban food cultivation practices that maximize space, improve soils, and conserve resources such as water. We have several gardening spaces which need to be prepared for the upcoming season and we are seeking your help to get them ready for students!
 
Typical tasks:

  • Remove invasive non-native plants and expired plant debris
  • Plant seasonal crops, new trees, and shrubs
  • Install trellises for vining plants, create new pathways, and add new playground features
  • Relocate existing plants to new areas and install replacement plants
  • Spread wood chip mulch
  • Composting

 
Special skills you might learn or get to practice:

  • Agroforestry and permaculture style farming techniques
  • Identification of native plants and invasive non-native plants
  • Learning about various tools used in gardening and small-scale farming (micro-farming)
  • Companion planting and planting for the benefit of native pollinators

 
Need-To-Knows
There is no running water or electricity at GROW. Volunteers should bring their own water bottles and charge their phones before arrival.
 
There is no shelter from severe weather at GROW. In the event of severe weather on a scheduled work day (lightning, impending severe thunderstorm, or tornado watch/advisory) this event will be cancelled.
 
Volunteers should wear protective clothing appropriate for outdoor work including: pants to protect legs, closed-toed shoes, breathable layered shirts for comfort in outdoor weather and protection from sun/brambles/stinging insects.

Your Impact 
The demonstration gardens and nature playground area not only benefit park visitors, they also function as an intensive ecology classroom for area students from April – October each year. Some of the groups who’ll benefit from your volunteerism include homeschoolers, elementary students who come for science field trips, students who attend GROW’s conservation-themed summer day camp, and scout troops who come to work on merit badges and volunteer.
 
On behalf of all of these students, we want to thank you for giving of your time to create this unique “community classroom” to inspire a love of nature in the next generation!
 

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