NFI seeks both qualified & unqualified professionals!!
June 10, 2010
Author: Neighborhood Farm Initiative
Category: General News
By Bea Trickett
You know how Liz & I are always asking you to come out and volunteer for NFI? And sometimes you just aren’t the type of person to spend all day digging in the garden, or you already did that and kinda feel like well, that was harder than I thought it would be & I’m ready to move on to some other cool-sounding project.
NOT SO FAST!!! Likelihood is NFI can utilize your skills no matter what they are!!! We often find ourselves seeking both qualified and unqualified “professionals” to help us do things only tangentially related to our work in the garden, but tasks that are critical to providing us with the behind-the-scenes support we need to keep our work going.
Maybe we have asked you to brew beer for a fundraiser, bake cupcakes, help with graphic or web design, repair bicycles, map GIS coordinates, edit or act in videos, repair computers, play a banjo or a fiddle, squeeze lemonade, repair small engines, paint artistic things, build databases, design surveys, analyze data, rebuild our accounting system, or do any number of things you wouldn’t necessarily think you were signing up for when you initially logged on as potentially interested in volunteering for the Neighborhood Farm Initiative…. but turns out, the possibilities for involvement are virtually endless.
Running a small non-profit on a shoestring budget often means being extremely creative with resources, both material-wise and skill-wise. If you are looking for a way to get involved but just haven’t made it out to the garden yet, there are still plenty of ways for you to get involved as a volunteer. Simply send an email to NeighborhoodFarm(at)gmail.com with a little bio outlining some of your skills, and sooner or later we will have a project for you!
Let’s take new volunteer Chris for instance. Little did he know that several months ago, Glut Food Co-op had generously donated a broken electronic scale to NFI for purposes of tracking how much produce we grow. However, our main garden site has no electricity and so we needed to convert the scale to run on battery power.
Hey, presto! A working scale!!!! So now we have a scale that works either plugged in wherever we have electricity, or will run on battery power anywhere that we don’t. It weighs up to 30 lbs of food at once – exciting!!!
A huge THANKS again & again to everyone who pitches in behind the scenes… we really & truly couldn’t do it without you all!!