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Enjoy working outdoors? Want to share your passion for gardening with others? Oregon Food Bank's Learning Gardens program offers volunteer opportunities that address the root causes of hunger. Read the descriptions below to find the one that fits you best and follow the instructions to register.
Dig In! provides volunteers of all income levels with hands-on experience growing a portion of their own food as they build awareness of hunger issues and cultivate a more connected, resilient community.
To volunteer, simply go to the Sign Up! link at the right hand side of this page and look for Dig In! shifts on the application. More info is below about garden locations and shift schedules.
Eastside Learning Garden - 7900 N.E. 33rd Drive, Portland
The Eastside Learning Garden at OFB's northeast Portland facility is ¾ acres encompassing vegetable beds, fruit trees, blueberry and raspberry bushes, a greenhouse for growing plant starts, and a compost demonstration area. Beginning and experienced volunteers work together to grow nutritious produce, enjoy physical activity, increase gardening skills and support Oregon Food Bank.
Seasonal weekly shifts are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:00-12:00, March-November.
Westside Learning Garden - 1600 N.W. 173rd Ave., Beaverton
The Westside Learning Garden is located down the street from the OFB West facility. Located on the grounds of Five Oaks Middle School, the Learning Garden is a collaborative effort between OFB volunteers and students of Rachel Carson Environmental Middle School. During the summer months, volunteers fight hunger by working together to grow nutritious food for distribution to hunger-relief agencies.
Seasonal weekly shifts are Wednesdays 9:00-12:00 and Saturdays 9:00-11:00, June-September.
Seed to Supper
Seed to Supper is a comprehensive, five-week beginning gardening course that gives novice, adult gardeners the tools they need to successfully grow a portion of their own food on a limited budget.
Seed to Supper Garden Educator volunteers teach classes at community host sites such as emergency food pantries, public libraries, affordable housing units, schools, churches, and prisons. Classes are taught indoors in the off-season in order to prepare participants for successful gardening in the springtime. Volunteer Garden Educators may also reinforce lessons in onsite host agency gardens, if they are available.
Volunteer Garden Educators teach classes using a student course booklet and a series of engaging PowerPoint presentations. Volunteer Garden Educators should have a working knowledge of basic intensive vegetable gardening principles and should be able to answer participants’ questions. The Seed to Supper curriculum was written in collaboration with Oregon State University Extension Service, and Metro-area Master Gardeners may apply Seed to Supper volunteer time toward their primary service hours.
For more information about becoming a Seed to Supper Volunteer Garden Educator, please read our Volunteer Information Packet.
After reading through the packet, here are the steps to become a Seed to Supper volunteer:
- Complete our online application form.
Once your application is processed you will receive an e-mail with information about next steps.
- Attend a new volunteer orientation
- Attend a new volunteer training
Our training and orientations are complete for spring 2015, but we accept applications on a rolling basis. We'll be in touch about our next training opportunities.
Questions? Contact Christine Hadekel, Garden Eduation and Training Coordinator at email@example.com
Linn & Benton Counties: Pami Opfer, Pamela.Opfer@oregonstate.edu
Jackson County: Hannah Ancel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lane County: Jen Anonia, email@example.com
Josephine County: Karen.Pleasant@oregonstate.edu
Deschutes, Crook, & Jefferson Counties: Meiko Lunetta, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hood River County: Rachel Suits, Rachel.Suits@oregonstate.edu
Klamath County: Perri McDaniel, email@example.com
Marion & Polk Counties: Ingrid Evjen-Elias, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tillamook County: Joel Caris, email@example.com
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