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Growing Volunteers

Jasmine is hoop houseMuch like the seeds who sit submerged in the soil, there may be many volunteers who are waiting out this winter (though it is comparably mild and rather tolerable, the vernal spring equinox arrives March 21). The volunteers in waiting may be the reliable seed sowers who love to come smell the soil, feel the warmth of the greenhouse and carefully place organic and saved seeds into well-built wooden seed trays and flats with 50 cells and 72 cells hoping for multiple seedlings. These dedicated greenhouse worker bees have come for years to sit on a stool, lean over the newly-designed mesh tables and consider the germination rates, percentages and conditions for seeds to prosper. They also have a chance to chat with Jean about goings-on in town, memories from springs past, and igniting a renewed dedication to friends working together for a common cause. Many who have not had a chance to gather in the warm hoop house need not worry whether or not they can join in the growing. This is no club, rather a group of folks who enjoy the companionship and being a part of the Farm Family.

Many folks wishing to volunteer may seek to triple wash the greens, gently scrub the root vegetables and dunk the potatoes to show the true purple of a red skinned potato. The days for washing and prepping the produce for market are yet to come. But when the salad days arrive and the Farm Stand market opens in May, followed by the Cohasset Farmers Market on June 9, there will be a need for volunteers to come help the farmers.

As spring creeps in more and more, the garden beds at the farm would benefit from many hands coming to turn the soil, remove the lingering Autumn leaves and let breathe the perennials in the Key Hole garden, the Curve garden, the Paddock garden(where the horses roamed), the Park Here beds and the Education Garden.

There are also a great many teacher volunteers who come to the Farm to greet, teach, (serve as a docent [docere = to lead]), excite and engage students, parents and teachers on school field trips. The volunteer teachers are vital as they help us provide valuable information on organic farming and what plants need to grow to countless students. As with any endeavour, the farmers and educators at Holly Hill will help guide and teach all volunteers in the skills of seed sowing, the details of garden cultivation and the nuance of teaching and effectively communicating.

Interested in being a part of the Farm? Curious to learn more at a monthly potluck luncheon to exchange ideas? Intrigued at what it would mean to be part of a caring, sustainable community? Call the Farm and let us know if you or a friend would like to come to a welcome to the Farm volunteer gathering Open House.

On Wednesday, March 16 and Saturday, March 19 both at 10 am, we will host an opportunity to learn first hand about the many ways you can volunteer, as well as visit with returning veterans to gain their insight. If those times do not work, then still call us, stroll by or emerge from winter to help us at the Farm. Lots growing on at the Farm.

© 2016, Jon Belber. All rights reserved. Friends of Holly Hill Farm

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