It takes an army of volunteers to develop and maintain an urban farm site. Farm tasks are daily and ongoing and require many different types of skill sets and personal preference.If you or your group are interested, contact John or Debbie at the Seeding Galveston farm at 3318 Avenue N or send an email to email@example.com, message us on Facebook or fill out the form below. During 2019 and 2020 we will need a great deal of help with our 100 Kitchen Gardens project and our residential compost pick up service.
Here’s a partial list of jobs that are routinely available:
*Building landscape timber beds
*Delivering wheelbarrows of soil to the beds
*Planting seeds and seedlings
*Working with the chickens or goats (watering, feeding, milking, collecting eggs, cleaning pens)
*Removing old plants, turning the soil in the beds, adding more soil and other amendments and planting again
*Spot watering (when it isn’t a rainy season, the farm requires 3-5 hours of watering at least three days a week)
*Building trellis structures
*Pruning and watering fruit trees
*Harvesting for the Farm Stand Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays
*Manning the market tables
*Cleaning put the toolshed and greenhouse
*Preparing soil mix and filling flats for seeds and seedlings
*Watering flats in the greenhouse and on the bench
*Constructing and erecting signage
*Developing marketing materials
*Distributing door hangars
*Finding grant opportunities and writing the RFPs
*Working with school and church groups
Developing an urban farm site on a quarter-acre to full-acre lot is expensive in terms of start-up costs. Each site requires some combination of the following:
*Specially blended soil
*Materials for building garden beds
*A greenhouse system for seed starting
*Garden and storage shed
*Garden tools and wheelbarrows
*And much more...
Although we are lucky here in Galveston and can harvest crops year-round, the first harvest is often 3-6 months from the start-up date. Income from the initial crops is needed to maintain the farm site and help it become sustainable with ongoing costs. Many crops will simply be donated to the community so the “income” from sales will necessarily remain low.
Anything you can donate to Seeding Galveston overall or to a specific farm site will be greatly appreciated and put to good use. We are skilled at using overstock, slightly damaged and used/salvage materials. We also need individuals with marketing skills, expertise for developing a fund-raising event, painters to create murals on the “barn” and chicken coop.
Want to get in touch with Seeding Galveston about donations or how you can help? Click the button below, and fill out our help form. And don’t forget you can always reach out to us on Facebook via messenger, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For texting our number is 281-794-9899 To be added to our mailing list for the newsletter and weekly Farm to Market Report, send a message to email@example.com.