This past weekend marked our 6th Orchard Stewards Session. Now that the Stewards have been out at their orchards, putting their new knowledge to the test, it’s time for them to take on some volunteers!
Volunteers help us prune, harvest, mulch, and weed in great amounts. Without volunteers, we can only work bit by bit. It’s amazing what the strength of a volunteer team can do in a matter of hours, proving that a team is bigger than the sum of its parts. There are some technicalities in orcharding, so I made sure the Stewards knew how to explain technicalities in effective ways that engage volunteers of all types.
Some important takeaways include:
-You will thank yourself for being prepared (prep water, tools, waivers, gloves, sign-in sheets, etc.)
-If you have a volunteer day that extends over lunch, bring snacks and/or break for lunch
-Explain who you are and why you are there. Give people the “big picture” of what their work means to you and the community
-Give about 3 tasks for volunteers as options
-Describe the tasks succinctly & give a demonstration
-Describe tool safety
–Motivate, motivate, motivate!
Orchard Stewards will now be hosting regular volunteer days. Check our Meetup for their open volunteer days.
If you would like to send a large volunteer group (10+), please contact Gwen at firstname.lastname@example.org.