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Wisdom of the Elderberry Farm outdoor volunteer days in March and April

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The Native American non-profit corporation, Wisdom of the Elderberry Farm, will hold a COVID-19 safe outdoor volunteer activity on upcoming weekends starting Saturday, March 6 through Sunday, April 25 at our two-acre elderberry farm. Other days and times may be available on request for those who would like to join us but can't make it at these times.

We will make introductions and then acquaint volunteers with the restoration of Native plant species, especially including the Native Blue Elderberry species for which our farm is named.

Wisdom of the Elderberry Farm is a small two-acre farm that is developing its first crop of Native plant species and will continue to develop, expand and prepare new garden beds as we plant young plants through the the winter and spring. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which helps Native Americans and others of all ages and ethnicities learn more about restoring Native plant species in our local ecosystem.

Property owner and Native farmer, Rose High Bear will begin activities outdoors with a short circle of introductions. She will teach about Native American horticulture, including the importance of restoring traditional First Foods, plus Traditional Ecological Knowledge principles that provide a Native perspective on the environment.

After a brief introduction, the group will continue to pot the Native plant species which just arrived from the Native Plant Center. We will keep them in pots in the greenhouse until they are ready to plant. Later on in the month of March and April, we will prepare the fence line next to the road for the living green fence that will be planted later this year. We may need to dig a few blackberry roots to protect the new plants and then lay down cardboard and bark chips to protect them. We have 19 species of over 500 Native plants which we have purchased and will be tending through this year.

If you have questions about the volunteer activities, please feel free to call Rose High Bear at 971 803-2348 or email her at rose@elderberrywisdom.org.

5 Shifts

  • Sat Mar 27, 2021 - afternoon / 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
    we will prepare the ground at our farm to plant a living green fence of Native plants
  • Sun Mar 28, 2021 - afternoon / 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
    we will prepare the ground at our farm for planting a living green fence of Native plants
  • Sat Apr 10, 2021 - afternoon / 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
    we will prepare the ground at our farm for planting a living green fence of Native plants
  • Sun Apr 11, 2021 - afternoon / 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
    we will prepare the ground at our farm for planting a living green fence of Native plants
  • Sat Apr 24, 2021 - afternoon / 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
    our plants have arrived and we are potting several Native species into pots and labeling them
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Mission Statement

Mission Statement: Wisdom of the Elderberry Farm is a Native American nonprofit which provides educational opportunities for diverse community members. Special emphasis is provided to Native Americans to receive experiential horticultural and agricultural workforce training, strengthen health and wellness, and increase workforce readiness so they can achieve prosperity and well-being for their families. We develop collaborative partnerships in order to sponsor, host and/or participate in events and activities with volunteers that promote organizational objectives.


Wisdom of the Elderberry Farm is located south of Salem near Sunnyside. We provide opportunities for community members to participate in activities with Native Americans engaged in horticultural and agricultural initiatives that integrate Native American principles, including Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) practices.

Specific objectives and purpose of this organization are:

To provide instruction and service learning activities in horticulture and agriculture workforce training

To provide pre-apprenticeship training in environmental assessment and habitat restoration

To provide opportunities for participants to engage in micro-enterprise internship training, including business plan development

To provide workforce readiness skill development, including training that strengthens health and wellness resiliency

To provide facilities, equipment and a team of educators so participants can engage in career pathway planning into related fields

To sponsor, host and/or participate in public and volunteer events and activities that promote organizational objectives

You can reach Wisdom of the Elderberry Farm at 2281 Delaney Road SE, Salem, OR 97306. Our phone number is 971 803-2348.

Education & Literacy
Race & Ethnicity


Sun Feb 28, 2021 - Sun May 30, 2021
01:00 PM - 04:00 PM   This opportunity has 5 shifts


2281 Delaney Rd SESalem, OR 97306



  • Habitat Restoration
  • Environmental Education
  • Community Outreach
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Networking
  • Relationship Building


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • We will gather outdoors for a brief introduction and greetings and then work in the elderberry patch for 2 1/2 hours.
  • Perhaps a love of gardening, horticulture, the environment and Native American First Foods, culture and history.

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