Monday, March 22, 2010

Community Garden mentors needed

Our community garden season is right around the corner, and plots are still filling up fast. Because we're expanding the garden to 60 plots this year, we also need to expand the number of volunteers who help mentor our families on Tuesday nights during the growing season. In the past, we've relied on the Clinton County Master Gardeners, who have been exceptionally helpful. Unfortunately there are not enough master gardeners to go around, so we are putting out a call into the community for help.

Garden mentors help families weed, harvest, transplant and answer any questions they might have about their garden. It's a very laid back atmosphere, and involves more conversation than back-breaking volunteer work.

Are you a gardener? Would you or someone you know like to help out for one hour a week, on Tuesdays during the late spring and summer? Then let us know! Below is a link to our mentor "application," which is more of a sign-up sheet than a competitive application. Mentors don't need to be experts by any means, but a basic understanding of gardening principles and a willingness to teach are two helpful attributes.

Click here to fill out a 2010 Community Garden Mentor application.

We are also still looking for families to maintain plots in our community garden. Please spread the word that we have these plots available, completely free of cost to families, and we'd like to have them filled well before we begin to plant.

Click here to view and print a 2010 Community Garden application.

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