New Roots Charlottesville supports refugee food security and aids in their transition to the community through gardening, nutrition education, local food access initiatives and small business farming. IRC currently manages New Roots Farm and a few community gardens around town, in addition to providing training and support to numerous additional locations.
Location: New Roots Farm (810 Old Lynchburg Road, Charlottesville) OR the Haven Community Garden (Corner of Almere Ave. and Burnet St., next to Oakwood Cemetery). Email in advance or follow New Roots Charlottesville on Facebook to confirm the location for each workday.
Time Commitment: 5-6:30pm every Tuesday, May-November. There are also some workdays held monthly on Saturdays. Continued weekly commitment is not necessary; drop in whenever you can!
Responsibilities: Help staff and farmers out with ongoing projects at the main New Roots Farm (e.g. planting, cleaning, harvesting). Please bring water, gardening gloves, sun-protection, and dress for the weather. Workdays will be cancelled for inclement weather.
Skills/Qualifications: Volunteers must be willing to work hard and get their hands dirty! Open to all community members (children must be supervised).
How to Apply: No application needed! Just email NewRoots.Cville [at] rescue.org to RSVP for a given week, or to ask about the dates for Saturday farm workdays.
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