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Gathering Volunteers for Gardening Projects

By Allie Dhuyvetter, RD, Program Assistant, NDSU Extension Service

Gardening gives us an opportunity to understand our connectedness to nature. Working together provides a sense of community and accomplishment. It provides an opportunity for inter-generational collaboration as youth and adults work side-by-side to plant, water, weed and harvest.

Gathering volunteers for anything can be difficult at times, but getting volunteers to care for your garden doesn’t have to be. Start by choosing one day a week for volunteers to gather together and weed and tend to the garden. You may want to recruit a youth group to get involved and learn about gardening in the process. If your garden requires more care during the week, consider reaching out to retirees or others who have flexible schedules. Another option would be to ask others who are not members of your faith community, such as residents who live nearby, if they would like to participate in the project. High school and college students may be interested in volunteering to fulfill service learning requirements. Parents might be looking for healthy activities to do with their children. Whatever path you choose, it can’t hurt to reach out and see who’s interested!

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