Garden Caregiver

The Garden

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

Key Responsibilities:

  • 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.

Qualifications:

  • Basic familiarity with simple gardening tasks
  • Transportation to garden site
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Pass criminal background check

Additional Requirements:

  • Comfortable getting dirty
  • Comfortable working with plants
  • Self-directed & able to work alone

Training/Support Provided:

  • 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.

Time Commitment:

  • 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.

Phone: 407.246.3507

Email: hiba.george@cityoforlando.net

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