Let’s face it. We all should be spending some time each week volunteering. It’s a way to get out into the community, do some good, invest in the things you are passionate about, and help the people/causes/pets/etc that need it the most.
I, for one, have not been good about doing my fair share these past few years. In high school I was a member of several organizations that required community service. Had fun, felt good about it, but got burned out. By the end of college it was the same thing. Overextending myself to help others, not such a healthy way to go about doing things.
I’ve got the itch to get out there again, start REALLY being a part of my community, and do my part. I’ve been a member of Georgia Organics for about 3 years now and last week I finally went to one of their volunteer table training sessions, where they show you how to set up the table display and go over their procedures. I’m excited now I’m ready and able to man one of the tables and share Georgia Organics’ mission. Which by the way is:
Georgia Organics is a member-supported non-profit organization working to integrate healthy, sustainable, and locally grown food into the lives of all Georgians.
I also started volunteering at the Decatur Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. I’ve been once, and I just helped clean up the area where the farmers set up, and helped unload and set up tents and tables. It’s not hard work at all, but it’s just a little something to help the farmers out, plus I’m hoping to learn a bit from them as well! The farmer’s market is on Wednesdays 4-7pm and Saturdays 9am-1pm across from Chick-fil-A.
**Tidbit learned from Duane who runs the market, to prevent blossom-bottom rot on tomatoes, add lime to the soil.
One more fun thing that I just learned about is CropMobATL. Basically, a group of volunteers descend on a farm and do a bunch of work (weeding, putting up trellises, planting, etc) that the farmer needs gettin’ done. It’s a way to go full circle with your food, helping out the farmers who feed you. They usually have some pretty sweet food for lunch (i.e. Miller Union & Farm Burger).