March 2, 2018 | Volunteering
Garbage to Garden
Spring, is that you? 
Hello Garbage to Garden Volunteers!

We've got a fun mix for you this month with opportunities to dance your heart out with us at Sunaana, prepare a hearty meal with gleaned veggies, and to get outside to clean up Back Cove before spring truly arrives. If you'd rather volunteer with us at our shop, we will be working hard at Garbage to Garden HQ to get our back lot and gardens ready for 'compost season' and doing some spring cleaning. 

As always, to sign up for an event this month and receive a month of free Garbage to Garden service, RSVP by email and be sure to sign in at your event! Remember, events are first come, first serve.

If you, or someone you know works for an organization or event that focuses on food, agriculture, sustainability or the environment that would be a good match for our volunteer program, let us know.

March's volunteer orientation will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 5:30pm. This session will give you an opportunity to learn more about Garbage to Garden, our volunteer program, how to get involved, and get early access to April's volunteer opportunities. Email Phoebe to RSVP!

Happy Composting!
The Garbage to Garden Team

Do you know anyone who is looking for part-time work this summer? Garbage to Garden's zero-waste event progam is growing and are hiring a few more individuals to join our crew to help us at community events throughout Southern Maine.

GtG Event Crew Info Session
Saturday, March 31, 2018 @ 11am  
Email Phoebe to learn more or RSVP

TODAY Friday, March 2 7-10pm
Saturday, March 3 1-4pm/4-7pm/7-10pm
Brick South, Portland

Sunaana is back for the second year at Brick South and Garbage to Garden will be there helping the winter festival meet their zero-waste goals. 

Volunteers will be monitoring waste stations throughout the event to minimize contamination and maximize diversion!

Gleanhole Suppah Prep

Wednesday, March 7, 1-3:30pm
SMCC Culinary Arts Building 

The Cumberland County Food Security Council is hosting a community meal called the 'Gleanhole Suppah' next week. It is a nod to the traditional "beanhole suppers" of Maine's agricultural history and will be gleaned and locally sourced. 

Volunteers will be helping prep and cook the gleaned crops under the guidance of Chef Maurice Leavitt. 

Once you are signed upemail us to let us know.
Back Cove Cleanup

Saturday, March 10 10am
17F Forest Park, Portland 

Join other community members to help clean up Back Bay trail on Saturday, March 10th. The clean up is hosted by the Global Affairs - Economic and Environmental Emissaries, who will provide supplies, including gloves, trash bags, recycling bins, etc. You can learn more here

Locker Project Food Distributions
Hall School
Monday, March 12 1:00-3:00pm
*Meet at Locker Project Warehouse in Scarborough

Presumpscott School 
Wednesday, March 14 4:00-5:30pm

Wednesday, March 28 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. 

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program in Brunswick
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, volunteer Tuesday or Saturday in the food pantry, or Monday or Friday in the Food Bank.
Shop Help
By Appointment - we can accomodate almost any day of the week, just get in touch!  
We often have other shop tasks that could use an extra set of hands. For example, we often have bag labeling, de-boxing buckets, and stickering buckets to do, among other tasks. 

This month we will have the following projects at our shop:
- Stickering buckets & lids
- GtG garden clean-up
- Painting projects 
- Preparing the compost area for spring
- Organizing compost bags and other supplies 
- Bagging compost *fingers crossed* 
We can only guarantee availability if you call or email us in advance, but you are welcome to stop in any time during our office hours and see what is available. 
Garbage to Garden Curbside Composting
57 Industrial Way, Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 332-0277
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