It takes a small army of volunteers to develop and maintain an urban farm site. Farm tasks are daily and ongoing, 12 months of the year, and require many different types of skill sets and personal preferences.
Most days Seeding Galveston welcomes 3 to 12 volunteers, mornings and evenings. With a full acre farm, we are able to social distance readily.
Jobs include gardening and bed prep, which involves removing weeks, turning garden bed soil, adding amendments like fertilizer and manure, soaking the bed, adding seedlings or hand sowing, and adding a final cover of mulch.
Volunteers also work with the animals, feeding the goats, chickens and turkeys; milking the goats; sometimes bottle feeding baby goats; distributing hay and alfalfa, cleaning the animal pens and more.
Our compost bins always need turned and sifted. We also need driver to pick up compostables from the food service department at UTMB.
Every single day, except when it rains, which isn’t often, the beds need to be watered. Sometime we spray (organically) for pests as well.
On any given day you might have the opportunity to install trellises or shadecloths, prune and/or harvest fruit trees, construct and erect signage, man the market tables, scrub out crop boxes for the CSA project, develop and disseminate marketing materials, help with grant writing or the newsletters, repair animal pens or the greenhouse, work with volunteer groups from schools and churches and so much more
If you are interested in volunteering, especially on a regular basis, please contact Debbie or John at 281-794-9899 (text) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are located at 3318 Avenue N, and our mailing address is 3602 Avenue N ½, Galveston, 77550.
Your contributions, whether through volunteering or donations, have a direct impact on our community.
Seeding Galveston is a 501©3 non-profit organization and, as such, is dependent on donations – financial as well as any of the many tools and structures required to operate an urban farm.
Each garden site requires some combination of the following: fencing, small greenhouse, tool shed, irrigation system and water tap, wood for bed building, LOTS of Microlife and Super Seaweed, seedlings and seeds, mulch, potting mix. Trellis materials, hoses. Gardening soil (from The Dirt Farm), tarps, hoes, clippers,, saws and amny more tools. Vending stands . . . and much more.
We also need committed donations to cover small salaries for the co-founders and other administrative needs (office space, computers, etc.). Grant funds usually are restricted for programs and materials, not administrative costs.
We also need experienced volunteers to help with marketing strategies, working farm supper planning and coordination, fund raisers, painted art for the “box office” and chalk drawing for the weekly markets.