Volunteering at the Gardens

Volunteering at the Gardens

Half the fun of a community garden is that we have many hands to get things done. Each member agrees to complete a minimum of 5 hours during the year. Here are some ways you can help:

Current Needs

1. Trash Bag Removal. B St

If you are going on a dump run and have a little extra space, we have one big black trash bag at the B Street garden that needs to go. It’s up by the greenhouse.

2. Cut and Use Clear Plastic. Crow Hill

The clear plastic by the mulch at the Crow Hill garden is available for you to cut and use on your hoops. For volunteer hours, cut and fold plot-sized pieces for other gardeners. The rolls are big and bulky, best tackled with a partner.

3. Fruiting Forest.

There are some empty rows at the Fruiting Forest. If you have extras, plant them there for community harvest. Work you do at the Fruiting Forest can be logged toward your annual volunteer hours with the Douglas Community Gardens.

4. Move Mulch.

If you have a truck and some time to spare, we need help moving mulch from the Crow Hill garden to the B Street garden.

A lot of mulch was moved during the spring kickoff work party, but the B Street garden still needs more. Drop a couple buckets off on your way through.

5. Spread Mulch. B Street

Once the mulch makes it to the B Street garden, it can be spread around the pathways. It makes a huge difference! Almost every pathway needs a new cover of mulch. Start with the one by your plot.

6. Build a Tool Shed. Crow Hill

Builders needed! If you’re good at figuring out puzzles, we have a tool shed for the Crow Hill garden but it’s in pieces.

Ongoing Opportunities

Throughout the season we will try to provide you with volunteer opportunities to make it easy (and fun!) to fulfill your hours. These are some basics you can complete on your own listed in the Garden Guidelines volunteer tasks:

  • clean or repair tools
  • pick slugs and pull weeds from community plots (look for community plot label)
  • clean greenhouse
  • weed and lay mulch on Crow Hill hillside
  • help organize an event (contact DCG board with interest)
  • Have another idea? Contact the volunteer coordinator for approval. Thanks! (Note this isn’t strict – if it is something that obviously needs to be done, please do it – we’ll credit the time. But, if uncertain an email or note left at the garden is always appreciated.)

On this page and our Facebook page you will hear about volunteer events and any new needs that come up. We’ve also collaborated on the Douglas Fruiting Forest, and any hours you help out with that count.

Annual Volunteer Events

The first volunteer event of the year is the Spring Work Party to kick off the growing season. It’s a fun way to meet your fellow gardeners and neighbors, ask questions, and be a part of planning the season while sneaking in some early volunteer hours.

At the end of the season we also have a Garden Clean Up Party to close out the gardens. Our goal then is to remove the past season’s plants, roots and all, and prep the beds for spring planting. You can add soil, compost, and lime to your plots.

Join The Board

A great way to learn about the Douglas Community Gardens and fulfill your volunteer hours is to be a part of the board. We are tackling a bunch of fun projects this year and have a few open seats. If you are interested, send us a message.

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