Nutrition garden volunteers
University of Missouri Extension uses trained nutrition garden volunteers to implement the Eating From the Garden program. Volunteers and partners assist with teaching the program and establishing gardens.
Nutrition garden volunteers include:
- Community center service coordinators
- 4-H after-school staff
- Master Gardeners
- Community leaders
Nutrition garden volunteer recruitment:
Volunteer recruitment can be achieved in a variety of ways:
- To recruit Master Gardeners, contact the local Extension office to find out who the local program coordinator is. Most Master Gardener programs have a newsletter that you can advertise in for help. Master Gardeners have a strong background in plant science and horticulture, and can be a valuable resource to Eating From the Garden.
- To recruit parents, contact parent-teacher or other school associations as a starting point to find active, enthusiastic parents to help in the classroom and outdoor garden.
- To recruit volunteers in your area, send out a press release to the local papers and magazines discussing the program and training. Volunteers who are retired teachers or educators and have experience with children have proven to be very successful in the classroom. Look for volunteers who are comfortable teaching children, have a basic understanding of nutrition or gardening, and have the leadership and communication skills to help make the program a success.
Nutrition garden volunteers can help implement the Eating From the Garden program in several ways. Besides the role of teaching the curriculum and gardening with the students, volunteers can help with only planting and harvesting or act as a contact person for common gardening questions (e.g., “What is eating my plants?” “Is this a weed?”). There are many options for volunteers who want to be part of the program but can’t fit the scheduled timeline of teaching.
TRAINING PROGRAM FOR VOLUNTEERS
Help in the community. Gain a foundation of knowledge in nutrition, food safety, food preparation and preservation, fruit and vegetable production, natural fertilizing and pest control plus practical gardening skills from University of Missouri Extension faculty. All volunteer activities are geared to the purpose of educating children in schools and community centers to enhance their health and well-being. Volunteers donate 30 service hours the first year and 20 hours of service each following year.
Go to the volunteer documents page for applications and handouts for your program volunteers.