Green Thumb Team Seeks Local Volunteers

The 4-H Green Thumb Team (an initiative of the NH 4-H Common Ground Garden Project) is seeking caring, energetic volunteers to become Garden Docents. Docents contribute to our youth gardening program as teachers/mentors to youth from the Greater Manchester Area. The learning and growing takes place in our 4-H Children’s Teaching Garden located on the beautiful grounds of the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn. The project provides fun, hands-on, gardening lessons with a focus on the environment to approximately 150 youth three days a week for eight weeks, donating a significant share of the produce (5,513 pounds in 2010) to the NH Food Bank.After being screened, volunteers attend a four-week, hands-on spring training, which includes information about the curriculum, child development, group management, safety, and basic gardening. The volunteers we seek love and respect children, have flexible schedules, enjoy working as a team with wonderful people, and have an overall willingness to learn and share. Physically, volunteers need to be able to function outdoors in hot and/or rainy summer weather and to perform typical garden tasks such as bending, carrying, walking, and handling tools and wheelbarrows.

If you would like to join our team and enjoy the outdoors at the same time please contact us. We also have other volunteer positions available to support the project. The NH Common Ground Garden Project is cosponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and the Massabesic Audubon Center. For information about becoming a Garden Volunteer contact Carol Martin-Ward at Carol.Martin-Ward(at)unh.edu or 641-6060 or Julia Steed Mawson at Julia.Mawson(at)unh.edu or 660-6373.UNH Cooperative Extension provides New Hampshire citizens with research-based education and information, enhancing their ability to make informed decisions that strengthen youth, families and communities, sustain natural resources and improve the economy. For more information or to learn more about educational programs in Hillsborough County call (603) 641-6060 or visit their website.

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