2020 Summer Garden Volunteers Needed!
As part of a community-wide initiative to build edible gardens in our town, Healthy Plymouth and Terra Cura, Inc. are looking for garden helpers this summer at the Plymouth Schools.
Please consider signing up for a week or two (select the Sunday of your desired start date) to make 1-2 visits per week to help water, weed, and harvest the raised garden beds. Hands-on training will be offered and a garden task sheet will be available.
This year is quite different than other years at the school gardens. We are planting five gardens as community gardens and will be harvesting the produce for local food pantries and summer lunch programs. Only individuals and/or family members living in the same household may volunteer together during their scheduled week(s) in the gardens. We ask that you sign up to water and weed the garden adhering to the new policies listed below. We will have volunteers available to harvest weekly any of the ripe produce will go to the food pantry but please feel free to take some home for your family as well. Thank you in advance for your help and community spirit!
By signing up to volunteer you acknowledge that you understand and will adhere to the new 2020 policies listed below:
- Only One Family at a time in the garden.
- Adhere to the schedule of the weeks you have signed up for.
- Please wear face masks if you are not able to socially distance.
- Please bring your own hand tools and garden gloves.
- Please sanitize any other surfaces you may have touched while in the garden: the hose, water key, etc.
Thanks so much and we will have a bountiful year!
Please click on the school where you'd like to volunteer at and the link will take you to SignUpGenius where you can pick the week(s) that work for you.
Cold Spring Elementary
Nathaniel Morton Elementary
Plymouth Community Intermediate
Plymouth South High School
Healthy Plymouth - Terra Cura Edible School and Community Garden Partnership
Why School Gardens?
Garden curriculum in elementary, middle school, and high schools allows students to:
- understand the importance of eating nature's food
- plant over 800 organic plants
- connect with healthy food sources and understand the difference between natural and processed foods
- learn about growing your own organic food and what is involved in caring for the plants
- connect with nature and their environment
- through the Tomato Sauce initiative, allows students to participate in the growth, care, and harvesting of the produce as well as the preparing, cooking and eating of the healthy meal
- create Healthy kids through mind, body and spirit
This year's funding will allow us to continue the garden programming, utilizing the gardens for after-school programming as well as in school programming, working with teachers to create and implement curriculum for using the gardens in all learning areas.
All of this works towards education, confidence building, health education, self esteem building, connecting with your food sources, taking care of your body...with one of the many positive results being substance abuse prevention.
About the Gardens
Healthy Plymouth and Terra Cura, Inc. have partnered to provide organic, edible gardens to the Plymouth Public Schools and the community. Over 100 members of the Plymouth community have worked together across sectors to install and maintain the gardens. Since April of 2016, this partnership has accomplished great things in our community, including:
- The installation of 13 organic, edible school gardens throughout the Plymouth school district
- Organic plants provided to all of the school gardens for student and community consumption
- A school-wide tomato sauce pasta lunch made from the harvest of the school gardens
- A series of intergenerational cooking classes with 50+ participants promoting a healthy lifestyle
- After-school garden programming at all eight Plymouth elementary schools in partnership with the Old Colony YMCA with an average of 150 students participating weekly
Terra Cura is a local nonprofit that integrates edible landscapes with education to create projects that restore the foundation of communities, socially, economically and ecologically. Terra Cura projects are designed to encompass education and experience, as a means of empowering the community, in a collaborative method. The engagement of peers and community members provide an environment where students can have a sense of pride an accomplishment. The engagement in the school community provides hands-on opportunities for students to engage in nature and their food systems.