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:
1. Clean Greenhouse & Prep for Winter.
If you can harvest kelp for the B Street Garden, we will be demonstrating how to prep beds for winter and would love to have kelp to use.
3. Help Put Garden to Bed for Winter.
Attend our end of the year event to learn about getting beds ready for winter. Then help prep the entire garden for winter.
4. Replace Boards.
Partner with someone to help replace rotten boards at the B Street Garden. Contact the board to find out which plots are the highest priority, or do it at the End of Year Clean Up.
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
- volunteer at the Fruiting Forest
- 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.