After a grueling election season and a disheartening election, many of us are feeling defeated and discouraged about our country, our communities, and our political moment.
It’s a time for us all to collect our thoughts, grieve for our country, and lick our wounds, but it’s not where we are called to stay.
After a season of mourning and seeking to understand the culture around us, we must get up, shake the dust off and dig our heels in. This winter is going to freeze the earth and cause us to reflect, but the earth will not stop moving. Spring is going to thaw the ground and the bulbs are going to sprout. The daffodils are going to come up no matter who is president. Lettuce and beets and peas are going to be planted and we need to be there to show our children the hope of the future.
What better of a way to tangibly teach our children to not give up and to keep pressing into our communities than by planting a garden with them and hoping for better days?
Here at the Norfolk School Garden Collective, we’ve been busy the last several months organizing and planning the gardens and curriculum at Granby and PB Young Elementary for the spring and are finally ready to get you, our indispensable volunteers, on the ground and working! We will be having a volunteer recruitment and interest meeting this Thursday, November 17th from 6-7pm at Granby Elementary School in the media center.
You, your family, neighbors and friends are all invited. There will be pizza and refreshments for sale by Granby Elementary’s PTA and plenty of stations and activities for the entire family. It will be a time to come together as a community and plan for the future. To hope and dream to make Norfolk a beautiful, safe, healthy, and hopeful place for our children.
Volunteers, meaning YOU, are integral to the success of our program, enriching and enlivening our daily work. Our volunteers ensure that all students have the opportunity to connect with an adult and demonstrate to our students the caring and commitment of their larger community. If you’d like to volunteer with us at the Collective there are a few different ways to do so:
Garden Work and Maintenance: The Collective always welcomes volunteers to help with independent garden work and maintenance of gardens. If you’d like to help us with garden work we are in need of infrastructure experts to help maintain important parts of our garden, rain barrels, sheds and outdoor classrooms. These volunteers should expect to spend at least one hour per week maintaining their designated area of the garden for an entire semester. We require all volunteers to be cleared by the Norfolk Public Schools back ground check before joining us in the garden.
Classroom Volunteers/ Garden Teachers: Classroom volunteers and teachers at the Collective provide vital assistance in helping classes run smoothly and ensuring that all students have the opportunity to connect with an adult and mentor. Additionally, before or after each class volunteers help in tasks of maintaining the school garden they are working in. We ask that all classroom volunteers attend one volunteer training session, and participate in regularly-scheduled gardens classes throughout the semester, for a total commitment of two hours each week.
Administrative/Community Outreach/Fundraising Work: We always welcome volunteers who would like to help or who have experience in grant writing, administrative work, volunteer coordination, and fundraising.
For more info on the meeting or to RSVP, click here.