Ways to Help in the Garden

  • Farmer's Market

    You can help harvest, bake using our school-grown produce or help sell our goods at the weekly Farmer's Markets. Click here to sign up now.

    Weekly & Daily Jobs

    We'll trade you some of our delicious apples and pears for your volunteer time! Click here to sign up!

    While many volunteers are needed for Garden special events and work days, the Garden Educator and part-time Assistant 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

    Garden Work Days

    There are five Garden Work Days during the school year, always 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 your student's "Wednesday Folder" and in the weekly PTA newsletter. Garden work days are currently scheduled for Sept 25, Nov 6, Feb 12, Apr 23, and Jun 4. Bring the whole family!

    The Garden Faire 

    The Garden Faire—the main fundraising event—will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017. 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.

    Garden Craft Sale: Be creative, be a maker! If you want to contribute items to sell at the Garden Craft Sale, which will be held on campus Wednesday through Friday, April 26-28, 2017, email the PTA VP of Garden with your ideas and get ready to get crafty. Excellent opportunity to test the market for the next big Etsy breakthrough!
     

    Please email Garden Educator Kristy McGuire or Lauren Hancock with questions.