We have a variety of garden-related opportunities that change with the seasons.
Group Community Garden Workdays (spring through fall):
We need groups of various sizes to help community gardens with a variety of tasks. This could include painting sheds, weeding common spaces, constructing rain barrels or raised beds, and much more!
Resource Center Volunteers (times vary—closed during winter months):
You don’t need a green thumb to lend a hand—you can come once or twice, or become a regular volunteer to help distribute seeds, plants, and tools. This is a fun way to meet new people while serving the community. We’re also looking for an organized bookworm to tend our library of gardening books, videos, and educational publications. The Garden Project’s Foster Park Resource Center is located at 2401 Marcus Street, 48912 on Lansing’s eastside.
Seed Packager and Sorter (times vary—mostly during the winter months):
You can help give free seeds to thousands of gardeners! Many seeds are donated in bulk to The Garden Project and need to be re-packaged for distribution. Our goal is to give gardeners an equal share of the donation since not everyone wants 10,000 radish seeds. Seed packaging is an activity you can do alone, with a group, at our office, or at your home or meeting place.
Seed Starter (times vary—mostly late February through April):
Grow plants and donate them. The Garden Project distributes these plants to gardeners in our network through the Resource Center, which provides them the chance to grow and preserve their own fresh food. You can plant and care for seedlings at home, your workplace, a greenhouse, or a group location. Most plants need four to eight weeks to grow prior to donation. We can provide ideas on what to grow, basic tips, seeds, and other materials. This is especially easy if you already start your own plants.