April 28, 2018 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Are you ready to get your hands dirty?
Hello Volunteers!

May marks the start of both event season and gardening season... we've been waiting months for a volunteer line up like this!

This month's opportunties include opportunities at local community gardens, plant sales, the first of our zero-waste events at Thompson's Point, and the chance to get invovled with the much anticipated Foodscape Garden Project.

As always, to sign up for an event this month and receive a month of free Garbage to Garden service, RSVP by email, and we will help answer any questions you may have. Remember, events are first come, first serve. 

May's Volunteer Orientation will be held on Wednesday, May 30th at 5:30pm. Email Jackie to RSVP.

Happy Composting!
The Garbage to Garden Team

First Friday Art Walk
Friday, May 4, 4:30-7:30pm
Congress Street, Portland
Join us at First Friday Art Walk to kick off International Compost Awareness Week! We will have our photobooth, a children's activity, and will be promoting our composting services to everyone who comes out!
Permablitz at East End Community School 
Saturday, May 12, 11:00am-4:00pm
East End Community School Garden

A garden work day filled with learning opportunity!  Led by Cultivating Community, volunteers will be working on several projects designed on permaculture principles to help make the garden more productive and beautiful and be a great learning space for children. 

Don't know what permaculture is?  Come find out!  There will be project leaders teaching and facilitating people of all gardening experience to get involved.  

All you need is a positive attitude to come do some garden work, learn, and spend time with community. We ask that you commit at least 2 hours of your time to the project for Garbage to Garden volunteer credit.

Email Jackie to RVSP for the  East End School Permablitz!
Street Eats & Beats
Saturday, May 19

12:00pm - 2:30pm & 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Thompson's Point

Street Eats and Beats, Portland’s own food truck festival, is back and is better than ever! Thompson's Point will host over 15 local and visiting food trucks, an array of local beers and spirits, and great live music.
Volunteers will be responsible for monitoring compost/trash/recycling waste stations to help festival goers properly sort their waste and keep the venue tidy. Volunteers get free access to the festival and a GtG t-shirt to wear at the event!

Cumberland County Master Gardner
Plant Sale
Saturday, May 19, 7:00am-11:00am

Garbage to Garden is donating compost to support the Cumberland County Master Gardeners and will be on site to promote composting in all forms across the county.
We will also be providing composting services for the event. 

Volunteers will be assisting with bagging compost, monitoring the compost station, and assisting with plant sales if necessary.

Community Cleanup Day 
presented by Monday of the Minds
Saturday, May 26, 1:00-4:00pm
Baxter Boulevard

Join other community members for a community clean up day at Baxter Boulevard. Recycling & trash bags, gloves, and other supplies will be provided.

Email Jackie to RSVP to help at Monday of the Mind's community cleanup!
Portugal. The Man at Thompson's Point
Saturday, May 26 

For four years, in an effort to minimize the waste generated at Thompson Point concerts, the State Theater is teaming up with Garbage to Garden to provide zero-waste sorting stations and a team to facilitate the sorting of compost, recycling and trash at events.

Join a team of Garbage to Garden staff and volunteers to monitor waste stations and help concert goers properly sort their waste and keep the venue tidy. Volunteers get free access to the show and a GtG t-shirt to wear at the event!

Produce Distributions 
with the Locker Project

Boys & Girls Club South Portland
Wednesday, May 3 4:30-6p

Presumpscott School 
Wednesday, May 9 4:00-5:30pm
Wednesday, March 23 4:00-5:30pm

The Locker Project manages food pantries in schools, providing food for children who are food-insecure to take food home with them. Join the Locker Project in December to help distribute fresh produce and non-perishable food items.

Volunteers help arrange produce and groceries on tables, then assist students and parents with bagging the food up to take home. You will be a welcoming presence, making sure people know they are invited to take food. Everyone is invited to bring food home with them. This a great way to de-stigmatize free food distributions, particularly in the case of fresh food that would otherwise get wasted.
Volunteer with the 
Foodscapes Garden Project!

The Foodscapes Garden Project is offering free gardens, seeds, plant starts, cover crop mix, access to our gardening and cooking workshop series, and facilitating connections between new gardeners and the greater gardening community.

The primary goal of this project is to partner with food-insecure households in order to increase accessibility to sufficient, safe, and nutritious foods. Our work is a creative approach to building food security. We put the power of growing food into the hands of community members themselves.

There will be ongoing opportunities to get involved with garden builds and workshops. If you are interested in volunteering with the FGP this season, there will be an orientation on May 10th.

FGP Volunteer Orientation
Thursday, May 10 6-7pm @ Garbage to Garden
Come learn more about the Foodscapes Garden Project and different opportunities to get involved this season, meet other FGP team members, and get necessary training! 

FGP New Gardener Orientation 
Friday, May 18 6-8pm - Portland 
Volunteers will be helping with the following: meal prep, childcare during the event, event set up & breakdown. Orientation not required for this opportunity, though we encourage anyone interested in the project to attend the orienation!

Gleaning Opportunities!
Gleaning is the act of recovering food from local farms that would otherwise not be harvested and redirecting this would-be-wasted food to food security organizations. The movement is growing in Maine as local organizations and community members collaborate organize the efforts.
Garbage to Garden volunteers will receive credit for any gleaning opportunities promoted through Maine Gleaning Network and its member organizations. 
This month, Merrymeeting Gleaners is hosting an event for new and veteran gleaners interested in getting involved in their work this season. We encourage interested Garbage to Garden voluneers to attend to learn more about their weekly and one-off opportunities!

Bagging Compost!
Volunteers who help us bag, tie & stack fill, tie and stack compost at our shop will earn a free month of service.
All shifts, including weekends, will be scheduled by emailing with a preferred day and time. We can accomodate volunteers at the shop most days of the week, it is a great chance to get involved if you are having a hard time finding other opportunities that fit your schedule.
This is a medium-level physical activity that requires lifting, bending, and shoveling and usually takes 1-2 hours. Wear boots and bring layers! 
Looking ahead to June... 
Wolfe's Neck Farm Spring Fest @ Wolfe's Neck Farm
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Girls on the Run 5k @ Cumberland Fairgrounds 
Sunday, June 3, 2018

Kennebunkport Festival - multiple locations, Kennebunkport
Monday, June 4- Saturday, June 9, 2018

Fritz & the Tantrums @ Thompson's Point 
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Hops n Hounds @ Raitt Farm 
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Allagash Street Fair @ Industrial Way, Portland
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Garbage to Garden Curbside Composting
57 Industrial Way, Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 332-0277
Email: info@garbagetogarden.org
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