TJMS Community Garden Volunteer Policy

Families and community volunteers are welcome to join the TJMS Garden Club on Saturday mornings from 10:00am to noon. We can accommodate up to 20 people comfortably because we are a large garden.

In order to keep this timeframe engaging and productive for the TJMS Garden Club members, we ask that children under 6th grade be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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Please sign up so we know how many volunteers to plan for. You can also edit your signup shift with this link.

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Volunteer News and Pictures

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A shady breezy workday to beat the heat. Weeding creeping Charlie out of the pollinator bed. Protip for working with kids or folks with less gardening experience: pick one easily identifiable weed and just weed that. Make subsequent passes for other weeds. #schoolgarden #pollinatorgarden

A shady breezy workday to beat the heat. Weeding creeping Charlie out of the pollinator bed. Protip for working with kids or folks with less gardening experience: pick one easily identifiable weed and just weed that. Make subsequent passes for other weeds. #schoolgarden #pollinatorgarden ... See MoreSee Less

1 day ago

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Processing compost, raking up magnolia leaves, and weeding in the Pollinator Garden were perfect activities for today.

Time change for Garden Workday 9-11AM Saturday ... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago

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It’s going to be hot on Saturday, so we are starting our summer hours early this year. Instead of 10-noon we will be in the garden from 9-11. See you there!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the garden tour yesterday afternoon! We were so happy to have folks of all ages spend time with us in the garden. We ate freshly picked strawberries and planted sunflowers and dahlias. We dug up radishes, herbs, and strawberries to send to Abingdon and distributed volunteer-grown tomatoes. We talked about water management, planting methods, volunteer recruitment, and garden curricula. We had such a good time that I forgot to take pictures while we were there, so here are photos of some of the plants on their way to the garden.Image attachment

Thank you to everyone who came out to the garden tour yesterday afternoon! We were so happy to have folks of all ages spend time with us in the garden. We ate freshly picked strawberries and planted sunflowers and dahlias. We dug up radishes, herbs, and strawberries to send to Abingdon and distributed volunteer-grown tomatoes. We talked about water management, planting methods, volunteer recruitment, and garden curricula. We had such a good time that I forgot to take pictures while we were there, so here are photos of some of the plants on their way to the garden. ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago

5/14 Saturday Workday Cancelled due to RAIN. ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago
We are cancelling this afternoon’s Garden Club and tomorrow morning’s volunteer workday due to rain, rain, and more rain.

We are cancelling this afternoon’s Garden Club and tomorrow morning’s volunteer workday due to rain, rain, and more rain. ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

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Yuck, except rain will be good for the plants.

There’s a lot of rain in the forecast for the next few days, so we are cancelling both Garden Club on Friday afternoon and the Saturday morning volunteer workday. 

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There’s a lot of rain in the forecast for the next few days, so we are cancelling both Garden Club on Friday afternoon and the Saturday morning volunteer workday.

Image description: screenshot of weather forecast showing rain today, rain tomorrow, rain through Sunday.
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2 weeks ago

Pictures from today’s garden workday: asparagus, crimson clover cover crop, and baby strawberries. #schoolgarden #communitygarden #volunteer #gardenworkday ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago
On our Wednesday #deloitte workday, we pulled a huge pile of weeds and brought them over for students to process into the compost pile. We only had one compost processor volunteer on Friday, and the look of dismay on his face was… impressive. (Our compost processors cut the weeds down into small pieces to compost faster in the three-bin system.) We realized it would take WEEKS to get through a pile that big, so instead, we dug a trench in a soggy spot in the garden, filled it with carefully curated weeds (no buttercups, wire grass, mugwort, or horseradish, lots of henbit, purple dead nettle, and chickweed), and covered it back up. If this works, we’ve managed to bulk up the organic matter, raise the bed enough to keep our vegetable roots dry, and kept our student volunteers from burning out their cutting muscles in one fell swoop. If it doesn’t work, at least we’ve contained the potential weed bank to a narrow trench so it will be easier to deal with in the future. #schoolgarden #communitygarden #volunteeImage attachment

On our Wednesday #deloitte workday, we pulled a huge pile of weeds and brought them over for students to process into the compost pile. We only had one compost processor volunteer on Friday, and the look of dismay on his face was… impressive. (Our compost processors cut the weeds down into small pieces to compost faster in the three-bin system.) We realized it would take WEEKS to get through a pile that big, so instead, we dug a trench in a soggy spot in the garden, filled it with carefully curated weeds (no buttercups, wire grass, mugwort, or horseradish, lots of henbit, purple dead nettle, and chickweed), and covered it back up. If this works, we’ve managed to bulk up the organic matter, raise the bed enough to keep our vegetable roots dry, and kept our student volunteers from burning out their cutting muscles in one fell swoop. If it doesn’t work, at least we’ve contained the potential weed bank to a narrow trench so it will be easier to deal with in the future. #schoolgarden #communitygarden #voluntee ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

So many thanks to Deloitte’s volunteer team, who came out for a slightly-delayed Earth Day garden workday. They dug under cover crops, added good soil to the rows they dug last spring, and distributed an entire load of leaf mulch in one evening. And they aerated our three sisters garden with our borrowed broadfork. What a great evening— perfect weather and enthusiastic volunteers. We couldn’t ask for anything better! #schoolgarden #communitygarden #plotagainsthunger #deloitte #springgarden ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

First Garden Club of the year— I couldn’t stop smiling! It was great to see our second-semester 6th graders give a tour and interview for the Eco Action club for Earth Day. They are so confident and informed about everything going on in the garden. We weeded, composted, hooked up the hose for the season, and planted summer-flowering bulbs. Feeling sad to miss it? Join us in the garden tomorrow (Saturday) morning from 10-noon for our community workday. #schoolgarden #springgarden #volunteer ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

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Fun to be back at it again!

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