Have you hear about our Pitch In team?? When trying to grasp the energy of our program, I googled "pitch in" and found the most perfect definition, "pitch in: vigorously join in to help with a task or activity." Couldn't have said it better myself! The program arose because we saw a yearn in the community for people to be more connected to their food and the farmers that grow. This, combined with the continued need for helping hands on small farms, but the challenge of organizing and overseeing volunteers. So, we created a program that works with farmers and organizes groups to go and "pitch in" on a task or job they need done. An important factor is that we will always have staff on hand that has either on-farm experience or has worked directly with the farmer so that the volunteers are not a hinderance to the operations of the farm. We will do anything from hand weeding, to gleaning, to hauling brush, and spreading compost!
Here is what we have been up to.....
A Pitch In Day at Mehaffey Farm in Rowley. We helped plant their season's onion crop, and cut and end drip tape for the greenhouse. The day was absolutely beautiful and the Mehaffey family is so fun to work with! We had amazing help from Emliee Herrick, Brendan Burke, and Elizabeth Marcus.
We have been working endlessly to transform our main garden site at the Grafton Garden which is land generously donated by the brothers at St. John's the Evangelists. Nothing would be possible without the skilled work from our volunteers - Jake Hall, Doug Foley, Pete Segul, Tim West, Steve Prjumeski, Molly Ettenborough, Christian Walth Teresa, Adam Palombo, Ollie Jones, Greg Earls, Jeff, Hailey, and Meo. We have held three Pitch In days along with countless hours of work from our volunteer Steve.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead