The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Volunteers will work alongside staff to maintain our various urban agriculture sites that focus on adapting successful, highly efficient farming techniques to small urban spaces. Volunteers will learn and implement techniques to increase productivity in small urban land areas, soil management and remediation, energy and water saving techniques, and high value ethnic and specialty crops. Our hydroponic systems explore techniques to grow a wide variety of vegetables in nutrient-enriched water rather than soil.
Responsibilities may include:
Transplanting seedlings into fields
Planting ethnic crops
Harvesting and cleaning crops
General farm upkeep (weeding, raking, fence-clearing)
Pulling up old fields for composting
Measure, roll, and inventory plastic aisle covers
Tool shed inventory (photographing and identifying tools)
No previous gardening experience is necessary. Volunteers should be comfortable working outside in various weather conditions, and enjoy getting their hands dirty. Shifts open to volunteers weekday mornings, 9am to 12pm.
Volunteering will occur at the following sites:
East Capitol Urban Farm - 5901 E. Capitol St. NE Washington, DC 20019
Firebird Farm - 12001 Old Baltimore Pike, Beltsville, MD 20705
Bertie Backus Campus - 5171 South Dakota Ave. NE Washington, DC 20017
Van Ness Campus - 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC 20008
PR Harris Campus - 4600 Livingston Rd. SE Washington, DC 20032
To start, please register as a volunteer at this link - https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=1493324788