~ Team Work makes the Dream Work ~
We have many opportunities to participate in developing this unique resource for the community. Are you experienced in gardening, pruning, crafting, construction, education, bookkeeping…? Or do you simply like working outside? Volunteering is a great way to invest in your community, meet fascinating people, and learn about organic gardening and permaculture. Now is your chance to help shape and grow Parker Learning Gardens in its early stages!
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Here is our current list of volunteer activities:
Planting Plant Starts – Get your hands in the soil and fingers upon some seeds while listening to music in the comfort of our old greenhouse. Help us get that crucial head start on the season and learn how and why we plant what we plant for plant starts!
Class Instruction Assistance – We host classes for the community every Saturday (and occasionally on Fridays) and a Garden Club for children every Wednesday. Subjects include: organic gardening, the soil food web, composting, soil regeneration, biochar, pollinators, crafting with bamboo and willow, animals in the garden, etc. We are actively pursuing ways to expand our educational programs. Join us in this journey by participating in the “nuts and bolts” behind our instructional presentations, or help further develop and create programs for additional education and crafting, or become a instructor…
Bamboo Forest Upkeep – Help create and maintain the trails, alcoves and natural classrooms in our 3 acre bamboo forest. Prune, sort and pile bamboo for future crafting or biochar creation. The bamboo forest is a magical place to disappear into for a day and slip away from your everyday experience. Tools and guidance are provided.
Children’s Wonder Garden Development – Playful and artistic garden features inspire awe and encourage a love of nature and creativity. For our Wonder Garden we are developing many engaging elements: a meandering trail with a section of log round stepping stones, natural wood sculptures, a multicolored picket fence with whimsical archways, large stone features, and more. Join in the creation fun and help us further develop this memorable garden space.
Living Willow Structure Creation – There are several established willow trees on the farm for sourcing longer cuttings. We are constantly creating living dome structures and living fences to showcase the art and function of this unique craft. Help us cut, sort, design and build these living pieces for future visitors to explore and enjoy.
Fruit Orchard Pruning – We have well over 500 hundred fruit trees that could use some lovely sculpting. Orchard ladders and tools are provided; and we can offer instruction and principles on pruning as needed. Come enjoy the tranquility of our orchard and it’s wildlife, gain a bit of know-how on pruning, and go home with a sense of accomplishment.
Hazelnut Orchard Upkeep – Some parts of our hazelnut orchards are wild with side growth and dead wood. Help us pick up the orchards, clear openings, accumulate biochar fuel and transform the arching hazelnut hollows into functional corridors. (In Development: A food forest section tucked in a cleaned up hazelnut tree block.)
Produce Gazebo Assembly – This structure is where our fresh harvested fruits and vegetables will be washed and made delightful for children, families and other visitors. The structure is comprised of two gazebos tucked into our hazelnut orchard. One gazebo is up! Help us assemble the second gazebo, stone or paver flooring, sinks and other components.
Sun Tunnel Greenhouse Assembly – Help us finish the walls of our Garden Greenhouse. It’s a 25’ x 50’ structure with custom metal framework. Learn how this unique structure connects together and how it will function for us at Parker Learning Gardens.
Special Event Help – We are planning to host groups in the fall of 2022 for our Great Pumpkin Patch Harvest and Heirloom Corn Maze. Help us organize, strategize, and implement these events.
Fundraising Help – Add to the development of our fundraising program and help us better understand who is in support of what we do.
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A list of developing projects can be found on our Projects page.