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To teach and empower people and communities to increase their health, well being, and self-reliance resilience by growing food for themselves and others organically and sustainably. Produce from our Garden of Grace is given to Open Heart Kitchen and ... Read more
To teach and empower people and communities to increase their health, well being, and self-reliance resilience by growing food for themselves and others organically and sustainably. Produce from our Garden of Grace is given to Open Heart Kitchen and local food pantries to feed the needy. Fertile GroundWorks champions locally grown food and facilitates the creation and sustainable operation of community, school and employee gardens.
Fertile GroundWorks envisions a holistic framework to nurture and enliven gardening’s role in the good health and well being of individuals, families and communities.
This framework permeates our programs and projects which champion, encourage and empower local food production in its many forms and venues. Volunteers are given the opportunity learn gardening skills, grow nutritious food share the the harvest with those in need. We currently have 3 main programs.
1. To grow food for the needy in our local area. Our fresh, highly nutritious produce is delivered to Open Heart Kitchen and local food pantries twice per week. Our volunteers are encouraged to start their own gardens at home and to share what they grow with their neighbors, food pantries and Open Heart Kitchen.
2. To teach and empower local residents to grow food organically and sustainably at their homes through lectures, hands-on volunteer training, and online resources.
3. To teach and empower local organizations such as businesses, faith-based groups, and schools to start and/or maintain gardens at their locations, emphasizing organic and sustainable gardening practices.
Fertile GroundWorks offers a fantastic volunteer opportunity for both adults and kids. Volunteers are warmly welcomed and appreciated by the Master Gardeners and staff running the program. You know the fresh vegetables you are helping to plant, nurture and harvest are going to your local community food pantries. Volunteers also receive a great education on organic gardening as you work in the garden, and questions are encouraged. I learn something new every time I go. Great place to volunteer, whether you can only volunteer for a few hours or more frequently.
I've volunteered at the garden run by Fertile GroundWorks going on 3 months now and I always look forward to the hours I spend in the garden every week. I'm there once a week for about 3 hours almost every Saturday morning.
The garden is fully organic and run by Master Gardener Bruce Campell. Most of my interaction in the garden is directly with Bruce and he is positively delightful to work for/with. He is a wealth of knowledge of all things gardening and happily tells you the reasons for whatever task you're working on.
One of my favorite things about working in the garden is that I don't need to know a thing about gardening to be useful. I get some good time outdoors, physical activity, learning about gardening, and a darn good excuse to get my hands dirty.
I'd highly recommend this to anyone even remotely interested in learning about gardening and doing so for a good cause to boot.