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Growing Gardens Seed Sorting and Winter Tool Prep (age 12+) *MLK Weekend 2019

Join us in honoring the legacy of Dr. King through meaningful service to our community: "Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve."
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteers will be helping to repackage bulk seeds and sort seed donations that will go out to families in our Home Gardens program. If there are enough people we will have some folks helping to clean and sharpen our tools that we use for building home gardens.

Growing Gardens uses the experience of growing food in schools, backyards and correctional facilities to cultivate healthy, equitable, communities. Since Growing Gardens’ inception in 1996, we have helped over 1,300 families start home gardens, ensuring fresh food access for over 4,500 adults and children. Since 2006, we have partnered with 14 schools to design and implement garden education programs for low-income elementary school children. We are currently running gardening programs in 14 of Oregon’s correctional facilities and two juvenile detention centers.

Over 800 inmates have graduated from the Lettuce Grow university-level sustainable gardening course, and 175 more have received certificates of completion from the Seed to Supper class. Using community-organizing principles that respect diversity, help identify common goals, teach problem-solving techniques and build skills for long-term project sustainability, we promote enduring participatory garden projects. Our years of data prove that our programs successfully increase fresh food access, reduce reliance on emergency food boxes, reduce grocery bills, increase children’s consumption of fruits and vegetables and increase civic engagement.


Project Requirements:

  • You must be 12 years of age or older to attend this project; any volunteer under age 15 must attend with a parent or adult chaperone.

  • All volunteers under 18 are required to bring a Youth Volunteer Release Form signed by their parent or legal guardian. Please download, complete, and bring this waiver with you on the day of the project.

  • If you plan to bring children/additional volunteers you MUST reserve slots for them. The best way to do this is to create a Volunteer Team, then sign up your team for this project. Questions? Email 

  • Team Captains are only able to reserve up to 50% of the spots on any individual MLK Weekend of Service Project. Team Captains are required to provide names and email addresses for each team member (over the age of 13) in order to hold spaces on a volunteer project or they may be removed from the project. Questions? Email

    IMPORTANT NOTE: You are responsible for ensuring that everyone signed up through your team attends - only sign up team members who have confirmed their availability. Teams that repeatedly sign up, but do not show up or show up with fewer volunteers than they signed up, may be removed. To add or remove team members from a project: log in to your volunteer account and click "Manage My Team" next to the appropriate upcoming opportunity.

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Age Minimum (with Adult): 15+, Minimum Age:12+

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