‘Collect for Good’ Volunteers will help nonprofits with gardening projects

A large group of volunteers cheered on gardeners in Boulder Growing Gardens on Sunday morning, while small groups helped with two school gardens and the city’s pollen roads.

The volunteer efforts of 70 people were organized by Mary Ellen Vernon and Jenna Jenkins in a “good gathering” group. Vernon, who spends time between Boulder and Santa Barbara, started the team five years ago during her friend’s last illness.

“We want to remind each other of our community and the relationship you work with,” she said. “All projects are about helping the environment or people. If we want to worry about anything, we need to take care of ourselves and our environment. ”

Susanth Gurung, Left, and Middle Kerry Luff, on Sunday, talk to Laurent Kelso, director of the growing garden station. A group of “good-for-nothing” volunteers spent the morning assisting with four stone plantations, including gardens. (Amy Boundaries / Staff Writer)

All the other projects the group had previously had were in Santa Barbara, where Boulder residents volunteered with their friends. Sunday’s work was the first of its kind to help nonprofits.

“It is satisfying to do this locally and to help our local organizations grow,” said volunteer Chris Waldes.

In the growing gardens, the station’s director, Lauren Kelso, said Sunday’s main activities are the pollen garden and the children’s garden, as well as clearing the end of the season in the orchards. Much work was done to remove weeds from the garden beds.

Due to the epidemic, the garden will not be able to bring in more volunteers by 2020, but it is slowly returning volunteers and programs during the summer, he said. Growing Gardens is a non-profit organization that provides sustainable agriculture, education and food donations to more than 136,000 Boulder County residents.

“We need workers who really want to grow this kind of community farm,” Kelso said.

Teresa Beck kills flowers and removes seeds in the Boulder Growing Gardens Sunday. She was part of a group of volunteers who spent the morning helping with four stone garden projects. (Amy Boundaries / Staff Writer)

In the affluent garden, volunteers crossed the street, planted tall sunflowers, pulled weeds, and removed seeds from plants they did not want to grow.

“Mary Ellen always comes up with great projects,” says Teresa Beck, a local bee and organic master gardener who helps other volunteers separate weeds from weeds. People just have to go out and do things.

The straw was very thick in the strawberry, and the strawberries were close to the grave. Growing Gardens Weas von, coordinator of Boulder Farm, told volunteers that the low yield of strawberry plants did not make them a priority during the summer CSA. But if the weeds are cut, those late strawberries should arrive at the farm this week, he said.

Many of the Sunday volunteers have traveled in recent years to support Santa Barbara projects, and Vernon’s enthusiasm has attracted them to the team’s volunteer efforts.

“Spend time with your friends, do something nice, be out – tell me the best way to spend Sunday,” said volunteer TJ Heiman.

Mike Stokeman, Left and Wes von, Vegetable Boulder Coordinator, drop the strawberries from a strawberry patch to a wheelbarrow on Sunday. He was part of a group of “good-for-nothing” volunteers who spent the morning supporting gardening projects in four bulldozers. (Amy Boundaries / Staff Writer)

Kelly Gorder, for her part, said she was willing to support the project’s mission by “creating space during your week and meeting your life.” She added that gardening is a peaceful way to meet new people.

“You are together,” she said. “Especially now, it’s hard to remember that there is a big world there. Even one weed at a time can make a difference. ”

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