Harvesting the Future
Purpose/Objective: Help the youth in The Garden program maintain their outdoor garden plots by providing supplemental upkeep between classes and sessions.
Location: select City of Orlando community centers
- Take care of a small (4’x8’) planted garden bed at a City neighborhood center
- Water, weed, and prune the garden bed
- Update Volunteer Coordinator on state of the garden, supplies & tools needed, etc., weekly
- If possible, attend end-of-session Harvest Celebration and help supervise the harvest.
- Basic familiarity with simple gardening tasks
- Transportation to garden site
- 18 years of age or older
- Pass criminal background check
- Comfortable getting dirty
- Comfortable working with plants
- Self-directed & able to work alone
- Volunteer orientation from Orange County 4-H
- Volunteer development workshops on gardening, hydroponics, and more
- Access to the Plant Clinic at the Orange County Extension Education Center & University of Florida guides to Florida gardening, pests, etc.
- An average of 45 minutes / week in the garden, plus travel & reporting
- Set your own schedule – garden any time the facilities are open
- Commit to 8 weeks of service at a time.
Benefits to the Volunteer:
- Gardening experience & a good space to garden
- The ability to plant personal plants in a small area for harvesting
- Make a difference by supporting youth education & transforming part of a neighborhood’s landscape.