Volunteer

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"Our volunteer activity with Rose enhanced knowledge we acquired from lecture, text, and field study this term about ecological communities:  invasive species can overtake communities and disrupt long-established evolutionary relationships." 

Christina Kapteyn / Volunteer

We are blessed to have virtual support from two outstanding multimedia professionals who are providing volunteer support as we announce our vision and mission to the world.  Web Designer, Mark Philipp is adding dynamic new content to our site weekly. We also have artistic assistance from our filmmaker, Sam Forencich, who is dedicated to producing short film clips for our site.

April 15-17 Event

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Dear friends of Elderberry Wisdom Farm,

 

You have volunteered out here at Elderberry Wisdom Farm in the past year or two so I'm checking in to say hello on this sunny day. I trust you are staying well and safe. 

 

We made a lot of progress at the farm the past two years, mostly thanks to our amazing group of volunteers. Just this past month, we potted over 800 Native plants in our temporary greenhouse. 

 

We are now getting ready to create our living green fence along the property line by the road where many of the potted plants will be planted later this year. A living green fence, instead of wire or wood, is constructed by planting and growing living bushes, shrubs and trees, and ground cover. In our case these are all Native plant species, including pollinators, first foods and medicinal species. 

 

We need our friends to help us by calling around and finding cardboard for us this next week. You can either bring it to the farm or you can also let me know and I can pick it up by Thursday April 15.

On Thursday, April 15, we have a volunteer work party from 10 am to noon and then 1 pm to 3 pm. We will lay the cardboard down on the property line by the road. This will be approximately 250 feet x 6 feet so a lot of cardboard will be needed. If any of you can help us to collect cardboard between now and the 15th, it would be so appreciated. Just email or call me and keep me updated on progress. 

 

On Friday, April 16, a friend of board member Alana Johnson is coming in with his tractor to scoop up the piles of wood chips we have been able to accumulate this past two months since the ice storm. He will pile piles on top of the cardboard along the fence line. We won't need volunteers that day since the heavy equipment will be moving around on the property.  

 

On Saturday April 17, from 10 am to noon and 1 pm to 3 pm, we are asking volunteers to help us rake the wood chips into a level surface on top of the cardboard. 

 

If you can help us or have Q's, just let us know. We have 3 rakes here, but if you have a rake that you can bring that will help us since we still have limited supplies of farm tools and equipment.

 

Special thanks goes out to our new Volunteer Committee which includes two Elderberry Wisdom Farm board members, Sadie and Alanna Johnson and our new staff member, Kali Harrison. They will join me in planning all the activities at the farm this spring. 

 

Collecting cardboard for Elderberry Wisdom Farm green fence construction

We are asking for our volunteers to help us this next week to collect cardboard for our new living green fence at Elderberry Wisdom Farm. made a lot of progress at the farm the past two years, mostly thanks to our amazing group of volunteers. Just this past month, we potted over 800 Native plants in our temporary greenhouse. They will be gradually planted on the property here in the next 6 months.

We are now getting ready to create our living green fence along the property line by the road where many of the potted plants will be planted later this year. (description below)

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Background on our Living Green Fence: A living green fence, instead of being constructed of barbed wire, metal or wood, is constructed by planting and growing living bushes, shrubs and trees, and ground cover. In our case, these will all be Native plant species, including pollinators, first foods and medicinal species. Many of these plants are the starts you helped us to pot this past month.

  • The roots of a living fence protect the soil and reduce erosion.

  • The foliage of a provides shade and creates a windbreak for our new greenhouse being constructed this summer.

  • The branches will offer wildlife habitat to bees, birds, squirrels and chipmunks and other small mammals and other welcome critters, including the family of Black Tailed Deer that walk through the property daily.

  • Living fences also act as a sound barrier since we are so close to I-5 to the east of us, and Delaney Road SE which runs along the south side of our property.

 
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Current Opportunities

The Elderberry Wisdom Farm is looking for passionate, hard-working individuals to help make our goals a reality.

The farm is planning on planting 600+ native plant species on February 13 - 14, 2021. Volunteers are more than welcome to assist in this effort.

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