Ways to Help in the Garden
Garden Work Days
There are four garden work days during the school year, most are held on Sundays from 10 AM to 12 PM, with many jobs for all ages and energy levels. These work days are a great way to get your hands dirty, flex your muscles, and experience the garden alongside your Edna student(s). Look for announcements about scheduled work days in the weekly PTA newsletter. Please contact the school office for information on the next Garden work day.
The Garden Faire
The Garden Faire—the main fundraising event—will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2024. A day-long affair, the Faire is an enormous undertaking that requires volunteers to help with all aspects, from advance planning to logistics to taking charge of booths/ activities to event day staffing to set-up/take-down/clean-up, and much, much more. Look for volunteer recruitment and sign-up information in the Spring.
Weekly & Daily Jobs
While many volunteers are needed for garden special events and work days, the Garden Educator and part-time Aide also rely on parents and students to help maintain the garden and outdoor classroom areas. You can pitch in even if you only have 15 minutes to spare, and there’s no need to commit on a regular basis. Just stop by the garden and check the to-do list on the whiteboard and jump in. Our garden grows and thrives because of you!
Some examples of weekly and daily jobs:
- Chicken Friend - care for the chickens on the weekends
- Wednesday Weeder - tackle weeding in the garden on Wednesday mornings (or other days, too!)
- Water Wizard - water areas of the garden not on automatic irrigation for a week or weekend
- Greenhouse Guy/Gal - start and maintain seedlings in the greenhouse
- Master of Compost (MC) - help with building, turning, and sifting the compost piles
- Worm Whisperer - make sure our composting worms are fed regularly and harvest the castings
- Handy Person - help with various fix-it jobs in the garden
- Tool Time - keep the garden tools clean and organized
- Farmer's Market - bake, harvest, sell produce and products at our Farmer's Markets on Wednesdays, after school
- Classroom Cleaner - help maintain our outdoor classroom by sweeping and wiping down the cabinets and tables and keeping supplies tidy
- At-Home Volunteer - take garden projects home with you and bring them back when done
Please email Garden Educator Megan Griffith at millvalleygardeneducation@
gmail.com with questions.