Volunteer

Outdoor volunteer days in June and July

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We will hold a COVID-19 safe outdoor volunteer activity on upcoming weekends in June and July. We will meet on Saturday mornings and afternoons at our two-acre farm. Other days and times may be available upon request for those who would like to volunteer but are not available at these times.

 

We will make introductions and then acquaint volunteers with the habitat restoration on the property that involves removal of invasive species and addition of Native plant species, including the Native blue elderberry for which our farm is named.  

 

Elderberry Wisdom Farm is a small two-acre farm just south of Salem and Sunnyside. We are cultivating our first crop of Native plant species and will continue to develop, expand and prepare new garden beds as we plant young plants in the coming seasons.

 

We are a 501 (c)(3) Native American nonprofit corporation which is helping Native Americans and others of all ages and ethnicities to learn more about restoring Native plant species in our local ecosystem.

 

Property owner and Native farmer, Rose High Bear and the nonprofit corporation’s growing staff will begin activities after a short circle of introductions. She will teach about Native American horticulture, including the restoration of traditional First Foods, plus Traditional Ecological Knowledge principles that provide a Native perspective on the environment.

 

If you have questions about the volunteer activities, please feel free to contact us at rose@elderberrywisdom.org.

Upcoming events in June and July

 

Saturday, June 26:

10:00 – 12:00

12:30 – 2:30

We will complete the living green fence along the roadway of the property using sheet mulch with cardboard and wood chips.

 

Saturday, July 10:

9:00 – 12:00

1:00 – 3:00

We will complete the work that was started in June on the elderberry patch and the living green fence (hedgerow). Plans to construct the greenhouse will be completed in August. 

 

Saturday, August 7 and Saturday, August 14:

9:00 – 12:00

1:00 – 3:00

We will construct our new greenhouse on the property with the help of an experienced greenhouse pro. 

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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.