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Elderberry Wisdom Farm

The education team at Elderberry Wisdom Farm are preparing to provide classes in October through December to a cohort of 8 Native American interns. We are providing them with Native American perspectives on environmental conservation and habitat restoration as they pursue career pathways into agriculture and horticulture. They will attend morning classes two days a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) both in person at our two-acre farm in SE Salem, plus we have a virtual option. They will also participate in experiential service learning on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in our greenhouse, in the elderberry patch and designing and constructing our 350' hedgerow that runs along the south side of the property to make a natural green fence along Delaney Road SE.

We are seeking a volunteer who will help us during the month of September to prepare for our classes. We have more work than we are capable of handling and would like assistance with some of the preparation. Although we develop our own curriculum, we will need assistance planning our upcoming projects for the students and purchasing supplies for the classroom, greenhouse and on the farm property.

We are all vaccinated and getting our booster shots. We also adhere to the CDC social distancing guidelines. Hours would be in the afternoons and some of the volunteer planning would be conducted virtually through Zoom calls and by teleconference.

If you have experience in education, environmental conservation, habitat restoration or cultural arts, and you might be interested in assisting us by volunteering, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to inquire by contacting Rose at 971 803-2348 or email her at rhighbear@gmail.com

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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.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Environment
Race & Ethnicity

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

2281 Delaney Road SoutheastSalem, OR 97306

(44.84397,-123.01258)
 

SKILLS

  • Habitat Restoration
  • Environmental Education
  • Farming
  • Administrative Support
  • Botany
  • Horticulture

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • This volunteer position is directed by the volunteer and the number of hours you can give is up to you. Ideal time commitment would be 2-4 hours a day several days a week, but could be more or less.
  • We believe strongly in race reconciliation and have a diversity, equity and inclusion philosophy that welcomes people of all colors, ethnicity, age, gender and religion. Please review our website for more information on our team.

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