November 3, 2017 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
What are you thankful for?
Hello Garbage to Garden-ers!
We hope you are faring well after last week's storm. We know that an unfortunate consequence of a power outage is spoiled food - feel free to come by the shop this weekend and grab and extra bucket to put out with yours next week if necessary.
This year we are grateful for YOU. We celebrated our 5th anniversary in August and we continue to be overwhelmed by the support of all of our participants, but especially those of you we've gotten to know so well through our volunteer program.
As always, sign up for one of the opportunities below and receive a free month of Garbage to Garden service, RSVP by email, and Phoebe will answer any questions you have. And remember, volunteer opportunities are first come, first serve!
November's volunteer orientation will be held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 5:30pm at Garbage to Garden's Headquarters at 57 Industrial Way in Portland. Email Phoebe to RSVP. 
With gratitude,
The Garbage to Garden Team
P.S. Reminder: When composting pumpkins, make sure to remove any metal candle bits & lights before you #chuckitinthebucket
P.P.S. We will not be operating on Thanksgiving, November 23th. Pick-ups Thanksgiving week will follow your town's trash & recycling schedule. 

Saturday, November 4, 12-6pm
State Theatre, Portland 
TEDxDirigo is an annual conference dedicated to sharing Maine's best ideas with the world. Volunteers will help monitor waste stations at the event with a zero-waste goal.
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Saturday, November 4, 3-7pm
USM Abromson Center, Portland 
Friends of Casco Bay is hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour at University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Center for the 10th year! Wild & Scenic is a festival with a purpose as we bring together story-tellers and stories that reflect a love and appreciation for the natural world. The Festival is a benefit for Friends of Casco Bay’s work to keep Casco Bay blue.
Volunteers will help monitor Garbage to Garden compost bins at the event with time to enjoy the films. Parking is available at the USM parking garage.

Garden Work Days with Cultivating Community!
Cultivating Community is organizing volunteer work-days to put the gardens to bed. Activities include harvesting, cutting back plants, and layering organic material on garden beds.
Wednesday, November 8th 2:30-4:30pm 
Boyd St Urban Farm, Portland
Email Laura to help at Boyd St Urban Farm!

Thursday, November 9th 3:00-5:00pm

Greenhouse at 409 Cumberland Ave, Portland

Email Laura to help at the Greenhouse at 409 Cumberland!
Tuesday, November 14th 3:00-5:00pm
Riverton Elementary School, Portland 
*option to come earlier to work with students*
Email Lily to help put the Riverton School garden to bed!

Wednesday, November 15 3:00-5:00pm

East End Community School, Portland 
Email Chloe to help put the EECS garden to bed!
Deering Center Community Meal

Thursday, November 30, 4-7pm

Deering Community Church, Portland 

Wayside's Community Meals Program helps individuals and families receive nutritious meals in safe, community surroundings. Volunteers will help with set up, serving the meal, and clean up after the meal.

The Locker Project
Produce Distributions

Wednesday, November 8th 4:30-6pm
Presumpscot School, Portland 

Monday, November 20th 2:30-5:00pm
Reiche School, Portland 

Tuesday, November 21th 8-9:30am
Presumpscot School, Portland

The Locker Project manages pantries at schools and kids programs across the greater Portland area and distributes fresh produce at several school locations for kids and families to take home. In November, they are looking for volunteers at each of the above sites to set up produce tables and disburse among kids and families.  

Bagging Compost!
Winter is coming and we are working hard to get ahead by squirreling away bagged compost to last us through the snowy months.
Volunteers can come anytime to help tie and stack bags of compost.  This is a medium-level physical activity that requires lifting, bending, and shoveling and usually takes 1-2 hours. Wear boots and bring layers! 

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