September 27th, 2018 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Let's get spooky with it!
Hello Volunteers!

The air is getting brisk and the leaves are changing, October is finally here! We're excited because we have some new opportunities as well as some classic ones including Harvest on the Harbor. It's truly a great time to be getting out and about and celebrating the Harvest!

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. 

October's Volunteer Orientation will be held on Wednesday, October 24th at 5:30pm. Email Jackie to RSVP.

Happy Composting!
The Garbage to Garden Team

Bug Light Park Field Day 
Saturday 9/29

Stonyfield Organic is partnering with South Portland to enhance the quality of the fields at Bug Light Park by offering financial assistance and education for an organic maintenance program free from the use of harmful pesticides. Activities include live music, yoga, food, games, crafts & more!

Garbage to Garden will be helping the city achieve their zero-waste goals and we are looking for volunteers to help us monitor and sort the waste stations.
Wolfe's Neck Farm Harvest Dance
Saturday, September 29th
6:00pm- 8:00pm, 8:00pm-10:00pm
This year will be the 22nd Annual Harvest Dance. Featuring local music, food and drinks, this is going to be an event you won't want to miss!
Volunteers will be responsible for monitoring compost/trash/recycling waste stations to help dances properly sort their waste and keep the venue tidy. Volunteers get a GtG t-shirt to wear at the event, free admission, and a free month of curbside composting!
Partners for World Health
Friday, October 12th
Friday, October 26th
Partners for World Health collects medical supplies that healthcare facilities in the U.S. are required to discard and ship them to countries in need. In addition, they also organize medical missions to Southeast Asia and Africa for doctors, nurses, and students. Here is a list of some of their needs:
Macrosorting - opening bags and boxes and sorting items into general category bins
Microsorting - further sorting general category bins into bins of more restrictive categories
Counting, bagging, and labeling similar items
Transferring like liquids to create full containers
Creating kits of supplies (respiratory kits, surgical kits, birthing kits, etc.)
Packing, sealing and labeling boxes for shipment

Email Jackie to Volunteer with Partner's For World Health!

Help Schools Compost!
October 17th - 23rd
11:00am - 1:00pm
This month we're going to be working with Freeport High School to help teach students how to compost. We're looking for volunteers to help to divert food scraps from the landfill by educating students and making sure the scraps get to the right place. Volunteers get their own GtG t-shirt, and free month of service!

Email Jackie to Volunteer to Help Schools Compost!

Harvest on the Harbor
 *Multiple Events* 
Harvest on the Harbor is an annual food & drink festival located in downtown Portland. Harvest on the Harbor is committed to zero-waste. Help Garbage to Garden monitor waste stations at the following events celebrating Maine's culinary talents: 
Different Roads
Thursday 10/18 6-8pm
Different Roads kicks-off the Festival and features dishes from around the world served by a curated group of Maine chefs and restaurants. As a unique welcome treat, Winery Guild members will be pouring tastes of their products. Distinctive wines, beers and spirits will be served alongside the dishes. 
Maine Lobster Chef of the Year
Friday 10/19 11:30 to 2pm 

A lobster lunch unlike any other! The event includes tastes of each lobster dish and beverage pairings. Help name the People's Choice Lobster Chef of the Year and observe the professionally judged and appointed Lobster Chef of the Year. 
On The Rocks
Friday 10/19  5:30 to 7:30 
Maine's best Happy Hour - On the Rocks. In partnership with Maine Distillers’ Guild, On the Rocks will offer attendees tastings of more than a dozen top Maine-made spirits, including gin, vodka, bourbon, rum and more, creating the ultimate boozy happy hour. 

Hair of the Dog
Saturday 10/20  10am to noon
The ultimate pig roast brunch, showcasing a variety of Bloody Marys. Note, we've added a vegetarian breakfast option too! 
Maine Oysterfest with Maine Oyster Company 
Saturday 10/20  5 to 7:30pm 
Meet Maine’s oyster farmers, learn about the different coves and harbors and learn how to shuck an oyster like a pro while indulging in Maine’s coastal bounty and select beverages. 

Market on the Harbor 
Sunday 10/21  11am-1:15pm/1:00-3:15pm
Market on the Harbor encompasses everything from cheese and pesto to winemakers and brewers. 
GtG volunteers will be monitoring waste stations and supporting stations for product tables.

Email Jackie to Volunteer at Harvest on the Harbor!
Volunteering with Preble Street
The mission of Preble Street is to provide accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocate for solutions to these problems.
Feed your hungry neighbors! Help serve any of 3 meals a day, 7 days a week at the Preble Street Resource Center Soup Kitchen. Volunteers assist with breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or at the weekly Thursday Food Pantry. 
Produce Distributions 
with the Locker Project
Reiche Elementary School
Monday, October 1st, 4:45-6pm

Presumpscot Elementary School
Wednesday, October 3rd, 4:00-5:30pm

Presumpscot Elementary School
Wednesday, October 17th, 4:00-5:30pm

Presumpscot Elementary School
Wednesday, October 31st, 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.

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program
Brunswick, ME

Hungry neighbors in our community need your help to feed their families! Mid Coast Hunger Prevention has a number of initiatives that work to address food insecurity and volunteers place a vital role in fulfilling their mission by preparing meals, distributing groceries, picking up donated food and a variety of other tasks. 

This month, they MCHPP could use volunteers to help pickup donations, and afternoon volunteers for the food bank & food pantry.
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. 
Bath Farmers Market
Every Saturday
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 November... 
Maine Brewer's Guild Winter Session
November 10th

Garbage to Garden Curbside Composting
57 Industrial Way, Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 332-0277
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