#GiveNewark: Volunteers needed to support a greener, healthier Newark

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a farmer? Thinking about sowing some seeds when the weather warms up? There are lots of volunteer opportunities at Greater Newark Conservancy’s Hawthorne Hawks Healthy Harvest Farm, Court Street Farm, Outdoor Learning Center on Prince Street, plus community and school gardens citywide. No experience is necessary and individuals or groups aged 12 and older are invited to pitch in with chores like planting, weeding, harvesting and more.

For example, open volunteer days are typically held the fourth Saturday of each month at the farm on Hawthorne Avenue in the City’s South Ward starting in March and running through October (March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, August 22, September 26 and October 24.) The schedule runs from 10:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m., and volunteers are welcome to work for part of the day or the entire day.

“Volunteering together is an excellent way to build teams, trust, learn something new or just have fun,” noted Robin Dougherty, the Conservancy’s Executive Director. “Volunteers also earn the satisfaction of helping to grow and harvest delicious and nutritious food right here in Newark and help make the city a greener and healthier place.”

The Conservancy has already started booking volunteer groups for spring. Please email mrobinson@citybloom.org if you’d like to schedule a day to volunteer individually or with your co-workers for a corporate day of service, social group, friends, or family or if you need more information. Whether it’s five people or fifty five, the Conservancy can use your help! For open volunteer days, groups of ten or more are asked to call ahead.  

For more information about Greater Newark Conservancy’s programs and services, or to make a donation, call 973.642.4646 or visit www.citybloom.org. You can also follow news from the Conservancy through social media at Facebook.com/GreaterNewarkConservancy and Twitter at @Citybloom87.