The GroW Community Garden depends on volunteers, especially our student members! During the 2009-2010 school year we logged more than 200 hours of service from over 60 people.
The initial design of the garden was a service learning project for Prof. Jeanette Ankoma-Sey's Edible Landscaping class, whose students similarly designed GroW On The Vern.
GroW serves as a site partner for the GW Office of Community Service Neighbors Project Program and they assist us in recruiting GW volunteers!
We rely on volunteers to plant, weed, harvest, and maintain all of our crops, what is planted where, keep our bees, and create our signage. They also respond to emails, participate in committees, and all of the behind-the-scenes work!
The beauty of the garden is that it is only as successful as the collective effort of volunteers as they are the people who truly make it grow! We involve children, elderly folks, students, neighbors, faculty, staff, master gardeners, novices, and anyone interested in learning how to grow food.
If you are a faculty or staff member, we invite you particularly to become involved with the garden. It is a perfect lunch or break time volunteer activity, can be shared with your students, and we greatly value your special knowledge and experience!
GroW is always looking for volunteers and we have opportunities to fit every schedule and skill set! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!
Ways to Get Involved
- Garden volunteers: If you are looking to get dirty and up close and personal with veggies and weeds alike, come to the garden! Join us for Saturday morning shifts, water any day of the week, or create your own opportunity.
- Beekeepers: If you aren't allergic and are genuinely interested in honeybees, then help us make sure our bees stay healthy, happy, and safe into the future on a weekly basis.
- Leadership: Help GroW grow by becoming a student leader-- no experience necessary! We are always looking for gardeners, presidents, activists, photographers, treasurers, social networkers, and event planners.
- Events: Whether you have space for us to hold an event, would like to partner with us, or want to help organize events, we'd love help!
- Advocacy: Justice is the middle name of the Food Justice Alliance! There are many advocacy events and campaigns we are involved with and more we would like to be involved with, and we are always looking for individuals to help with this effort.
- Board of Directors: The GroW Community Garden would like to develop its own board to meet twice a year for potlucks and to support the garden with some of its time and connections in order to guarantee the longevity and community aspect of the garden. Place join us!