Harvest Farm seeks to foster volunteerism among our members, by serving in the garden and in our community. Our garden is maintained by volunteers, which helps to keep our operating costs down and to further engage our gardeners. We serve our surrounding community by donating produce from the garden and non-perishable items to food banks, as well as collecting toiletries, coats and blankets in winter, and other needed supplies. Each gardener must complete 12 hours of annual service to the garden. There are multiple opportunities you can take advantage of to fulfill these hours. Some current opportunities include:
• We’re excited to announce that we’re nearing completion of one of the long-term plans for the White Street Park master plan – an orchard in the south pasture (on the opposite side of the park from the garden). The Managing Board has been working for the past few years with local landscape architect and Suwanee resident, Roger Grant, on this exciting project.
We will celebrate the grand opening of the orchard on Sunday, October 22 at 2pm. The event will be a celebration of the official opening of the park and all the hard work it has taken to get here. There will be a ribbon cutting, orchard tours, activities for kids and adults, and an unveiling of the donation plaques. We hope you’ll make plans to attend.
In order to prepare for this Grand Opening, we have scheduled two work days on September 30th and October 14th from 8:30-11:30 A.M. During these work days, we plan to plant grasses, fruit trees, and willow planting for children’s playground features. These work days are family friendly events — please feel free to let your children help and run around. All equipment will be provided but please bring a pair of work gloves.
To sign up for the September 30th orchard work day, please click here.
To sign up for the October 14th orchard work day, please click here.
Garden volunteers will received credit towards their annual required service to the garden for volunteering with the orchard. To volunteer or receive more details, please contact Roger and Brittany Grant at email@example.com.
• We have regular Saturday garden work days on the first Saturday of each month during the growing season. They begin at 8:00 am and typically conclude around 10:00. The work varies depending on current needs of the garden, but typically includes routine maintenance projects. For future dates, please check the events calendar.
• If you’re not able to attend a garden work day, you may perform any of the following maintenance items on your own time:
Composter: cut up anything longer than 3″; throw away any non-composting items
Tool Closet: organize tool closet, making sure all tools are properly stored; clean any dirty tools
Chalk/Cork Walls: clean chalk board walls; remove any outdated notices from the corkboards
Ant Control: kill ants in the common areas (not plots), using DE from the tool closet
Weed: hand pull weeds from any of the common areas