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Gardeners and farmers alike know that coaxing food from the earth is a joyous and reward endeavor. It can also be quite daunting, and even a bit overwhelming! In those busiest times, staff and farmers at New Roots only get by with a little help from our friends. Volunteers are not only welcome, they’re essential to the success of the farmers, and local agriculture generally.
Volunteering efforts at Juniper Gardens Training Farm range from individuals looking for a quiet afternoon immersed in contemplative gardening, to corporate teams seeking fresh air and team spirit, to school groups bringing scores of young people for a Day of Service Learning. Every volunteer and work group brings their own kind of life and energy to garden. Every volunteer makes a difference!
This season we were joined by an enthusiastic student group of over 100 freshmen from Pembroke Hill, who cleared brush from the fences and cleaned up garden beds for the winter. A hard-working crew from VMLY&R partnered with us as well, helping harvest the last of our tomatoes and potatoes, and powering through stubborn weeds. They even helped bed the new strawberry plants down under a blanket of straw, ensuring a strong start for summer berries next year.
Volunteer projects range far and wide throughout the growing season. Tasks needing extra hands might include: