Wisdom of the Elderberry Farm outdoor volunteer days in June and July

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ORGANIZATION: Elderberry Wisdom Farm

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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 June and July on Saturday mornings and afternoons 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 and TEK Educator Kali Harrison 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 work on the property where we are installing a living green fence (hedgerow) and tending the blue elderberry patch. We may need to protect the new plants with sheet mulch (lay down cardboard and bark chips) to reduce growth of invasive species. We have 19 species of over 500 Native plants which we have purchased and will be tending through this year. They will be planted along this 350' space in the fall.

In July, we will construct our new greenhouse which will be led by an experienced greenhouse builder.

If you have questions about the volunteer activities, please feel free to contact Kali Harrison by email at kali.elderberrywisdom.gmail.com.

7 Shifts

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  • Sat Jul 10, 2021 - afternoon / 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM PST
    we will complete any remaining work on our blue elderberry patch and the living green fence (hedgerow)
  • Sat Jul 10, 2021 - morning / 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM PST
    we will complete any remaining work on our blue elderberry patch and the living green fence (hedgerow)
  • Sat Jun 26, 2021 - afternoon / 12:30 PM to 02:30 PM PST
    we will complete the living green fence along the roadway of the property using sheet mulch with cardboard and wood chips
  • Sat Jun 26, 2021 - morning / 10:00 AM to 11:45 AM PST
    we will complete the living green fence along the roadway of the property using sheet mulch with cardboard and wood chips
  • Sat Jun 26, 2021 - morning / 09:30 AM to 11:45 AM PST
    we will complete the living green fence along the roadway of the property using sheet mulch with cardboard and wood chips
  • Sat Jun 12, 2021 - afternoon / 12:30 PM to 02:30 PM PST
    we will construct a deer fence at the farm to protect our patch of native Blue Elderberry
  • Sat Jun 12, 2021 - morning / 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM PST
    we will prepare tree barriers to protect our native Blue Elderberry from hungry deer
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About Elderberry Wisdom Farm

Location:

2281 DELANEY RD SE, SALEM, OR 97306, US

Mission Statement

Mission Statement: Elderberry Wisdom Farm (also known as 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.

Description

Elderberry Wisdom 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.

CAUSE AREAS

Education & Literacy
Environment
Race & Ethnicity
Education & Literacy, Environment, Race & Ethnicity

WHEN

Sat May 08, 2021 - Sat Jul 10, 2021
10:00 AM - 02:30 PM
This opportunity has 7 shifts

WHERE

2281 Delaney Rd SESalem, OR 97306

(44.84397,-123.01258)
 

SKILLS

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

GOOD FOR

  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

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

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