Our Spring Work Days are scheduled for Saturday March 5th and March 12th from 8am-2pm. They are scheduled squarely in the middle of Lent and before Spring Break and Holy Week! Perfect timing! But why Work Days, you ask? There are volunteers at the Farm every week, right?
Work Days are a much bigger task, more work AND more fun than your average Saturday! Having a larger workforce makes lighter work, greater enthusiasm amongst all involved, AND we provide snacks, lunch, and expert direction.
So, in case you were curious, here’s a lightly numbered list of the reasons why we commit to these focused work days.
#1 Heavy lifting and big accomplishments!
Giant piles of mulch, quarter-acre plots to be tilled, thousands of seeds and seedlings to be planted! It takes much more than two or three volunteers to get this groundwork efficiently completed, and having crews for each task make them go a lot faster — in one day we can accomplish a great deal, but we need great crews to do so. We need at least 20-30 volunteers for each work day to get these tasks accomplished.
#2 A not-too-intimidating introduction to the Farm
It can feel a little strange to just decide to come out to the Farm on a Thursday afternoon or Saturday morning (though we encourage it!) — being a part of the Work Day crowd is a great way to get a sense of what we do on a weekly basis, no long-term commitment necessary, with longer hours for you to come when you can (8-2) and two days to choose from (though you’re welcome at both!).
A lot of folks bring their families, student groups come out together, Farm regulars and newcomers alike work side by side, and sometimes even a priest or two show up! And there is an ebb and flow throughout the day, folks taking breaks to snack and visit and then return to chatting as they work. You might see an old friend or make a great new one! Engaging in service together is a wonderful feeling in full effect on Work Days.
#4 Reaping the benefits!
It’s truly amazing to see what comes of our Work Day planting efforts — spring and summer at the Farm are full of bountiful crops well into September and October like squash, peppers, eggplants, and more tomatoes than you can possibly imagine. All because of the efforts of Work Day volunteers in early March!