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Unity Garden – Get Involved

The Unity Garden welcomes volunteers, either as individuals or groups. It is not necessary to have any previous gardening experience. The garden provides and opportunity to learn while helping others.

Tasks

Here’s a sample of what you might be doing during a visit to the Unity Garden.  Garden jobs change with the season, as well as by week.  Our priority is always focused on food production – so harvesting and replanting are common jobs.

  • Soil Preparation
  • Fertilizing
  • Planting
  • Mulching
  • Composting
  • Harvesting
  • Weeding
  • Maintaining
  • Watering
  • Seeding
  • Transplanting
  • Pruning
  • Trellising
  • Chipping
  • Digging
  • Tilling, Hoeing, Weeding, Adding Amendments
  • Adding composted manures or fertilizers
  • Transplanting into the beds
  • Applying mulch to planting areas as well as refilling mulch in pathways
  • Adding materials to compost piles, turning compost piles
  • Picking, washing, and weighting produce for delivery to NFCC
  • Pulling out weeds by hand or using hand tools
  • Repairing fences, cages, trellises
  • Watering plants, working with irrigation system
  • Planting seeds in the greenhouse, or direct seeding in the garden
  • Transplanting seedlings into 2” pots
  • Cutting back plants, as needed
  • Attaching tomato plants to trellis
  • Mulching up composted leaves to reincorporate into garden
  • Pulling up root crops

Scheduling: Individuals

Individuals who are interested in volunteering – either on a one-time or a regular basis should contact: Katie Gibson at k.gibson@chattnaturecenter.org.  Depending on the season and the weather, volunteers from Oct-March will most likely be working M-F between 10-2, and occasional Saturdays and Sundays between 12-3.  During the warmer months, there are opportunities to work much earlier in the day, as well as in the late afternoon.

Scheduling: Groups

Small groups interested in volunteering should contact: Libby Lintel at l.lintel@chattnaturecenter.org.  Depending on the season and the weather, volunteers from Oct-March will most likely be working M-F between 10-2, and occasional Saturdays and Sundays between 12-3.  During the warmer months, there are opportunities to work much earlier and in day, as well as in the late afternoon.

Larger, corporate groups should contact the Nature Center’s Volunteer Coordinator, Libby Lintel at l.lintel@chattnaturecenter.org or phone her at 770-992-2055 ext. 223.

Student or youth groups (middle and high school ages) are also welcome. Plan to provide additional adult supervision to help the visit go smoothly.

Paperwork to complete before your visit

Before your visit, it would be helpful it you complete the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Release and Waiver of Liability.  A parent or adult guardian will need to sign this form for volunteers under the age of 18.

What to Bring

A workday in the Unity Garden will be more comfortable if you bring the following (depending on the season and the weather).

  • Work gloves
  • Waterproof closed-toe work shoes

Summer

  • Sun hat (windproof)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Small towel
  • Water bottle and lots of water
  • Granola bar/snack
  • Cool, comfortable clothing that can get a little dirty

Winter

  • Warm hat
  • Layered clothing that can get a little dirty
  • Waterproof windbreaker for a light drizzle

Optional items:

  • Pruners
  • Kneeling pad
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