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Wisdom of the Elderberry Farm outdoor volunteer day Saturday, October 10 from 10 am to 1 pm

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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 Saturday, October 10 at our two-acre elderberry farm. Other days and times are available on request for those who would like to join us but can't make it on 9/26. We will acquaint volunteers with the restoration of Native plant species, especially including the Native Blue Elderberry species.

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 fall and winter months. 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 morning activities outdoors at 10 am, sharing herbal tea with the group and holding a short circle of introductions. She will teach about Native American horticulture, especially including the importance of restoring traditional First Foods, plus Traditional Ecological Knowledge principles that help to provide a Native perspective on the environment.

After a half hour of introductions, the group will tour the property and the current plantings and then continue the work restoring this important native plant species. We will dig blackberries to protect the young elderberry plants and then lay down cardboard and bark chips to protect them. We plan to plant a few new Native plants between November and March.

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.

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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


Sat Sep 26, 2020 - Sat Dec 12, 2020
10:00 AM - 01:00 PM  


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 an introduction and a cup of herbal tea before we tour the farm. Then we will 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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