Assist Native American nonprofit to finish building its raised garden beds at Elderberry Wisdom Farm

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ORGANIZATION: Elderberry Wisdom Farm


Dear friends of Elderberry Wisdom Farm,

Greetings to each of you! Some of you have volunteered out here at our Farm in the past year or two so I'm checking in to say hello on this winter day. I trust you are staying well and safe.

We made a lot of progress at the farm the past two years, mostly thanks to our amazing group of volunteers. Two years ago, we potted over 800 Native plants in our temporary greenhouse and they were planted on the property along a 350 foot hedgerow along the road and in our forested area over the past two years.

A year ago, we potted 1,000 new Native plant starts and are preparing to open our Native American Plant Nursery LLC in 2024. They are an awesome group of plant starts: Pacific Dogwood, Blue Elderberry, Thimbleberry, Oregon Grape, and others.

This February we will be potting another 500 Native plant starts and appreciate volunteers helping us get the plants into our pots.

We are also building our raised garden beds and our recessed garden beds in our new two-acre Native Plant Nursery site. That info is below


Help is needed for the next two months this winter as we build a long raised garden bed for Native plant species.

We are also tending our Blue Elderberry patch. We will remove weeds around the base of the bushes and add some compost around the two dozen plants that have survived the past two years of drought and freezing temps. We will also tend our hedgerow, perhaps do some blackberry removal and other light work around the farm.

Our farm has now welcomed one new Habitat Restoration and Plant Nursery Coordinator, Shannon Chinook. She will be working with our volunteers this winter.

Please feel free to email Shannon at if you have questions. She is looking forward to hearing from you.

Thanks, Rose

Rose High Bear (Deg Hit'an Dine, Inupiaq) Founder

Elderberry Wisdom Farm

2281 Delaney Road SE, Salem OR 97306

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About Elderberry Wisdom Farm



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.


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.


Race & Ethnicity
Community, Environment, Race & Ethnicity


Sat Feb 10, 2024 - Sat Mar 30, 2024
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


2281 Delaney Road SoutheastSalem, OR 97306



  • Habitat Restoration
  • Environmental Education
  • Farming
  • Botany
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 5
  • We have set aside 2 hour sessions on Saturday this winter! We hope you can join us.
  • Bring gardening gloves and wear rubber boots if you have them. We will have additional gardening gloves if you don't have them to bring.

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