Garden Project Seasonal Positions Posted! Plus Education, Events, and Resource Center Special Opening
Seasonal, Part-Time Garden Project Positions
Garden Project is seeking a Resource Center Coordinator for a four-month period, to be responsible for the week to week activities of the Garden Project Resource Center. Tasks include scheduling, volunteer staffing, and resource coordination. Hours will average 20 hours/week. For more information and application instructions, click here.
The Power of We Consortium AmeriCorps State Program is now hiring for Summer 2018 as well. Garden Project has two positions available, Garden Support Specialist and Resources Coordinator. Click the links for more details.
Members serve April 3, 2018 - August 31, 2018, for 20-25 hours/week. They receive a living stipend of $3,200, loan forbearance for eligible loans, professional development training, and an education award. If you're interested in learning about local food systems, gaining professional experience while growing personally, APPLY TODAY - the application deadline is February 23 by 5:00pm.
GP is also currently seeking an intern for the upcoming 2018 growing season. The intern will work directly with GP staff on a variety of tasks and duties. The duration of the internship is mid-May to mid-August (start/end dates negotiable) and between 10-20 hours of work each week will be expected. For more information and application instructions, click here.
Additional Educational Resources
UPDATED WEEKLY! From our community partners:
South Lansing Urban Garden Gardening Series
At last month’s workshop the topic was dreaming about your 2018 gardens. Different ways to create and use a garden journal were reviewed, as well as adding new and/or improving on new garden space. Also discussed was the need to budget for those garden dreams.
On Saturday, February 24, dreams will start to be put into action. We will be discussing the difference between cold and warm crops and their growing requirements, the concept of square foot vegetable gardens, crop rotation, seed starting techniques, and protecting early crops from late frost with easy to use tunnels.
The best part of these workshops is the open discussions and sharing of experiences. Whether you are a seasoned gardener looking for new tips and techniques, or a first time gardener who doesn’t know the difference between a plant and a weed, these workshops are for you! Don’t worry if you missed the first session, you will not feel lost or behind.
So appropriate preparations, can be made.RSVP's are appreciated to email [log in to unmask]. For more information, check out the event series flyer.
Michigan Horticultural Therapy Association Annual Conference
Friday, March 9 8:30am - 4:00pm
MSU Plant & Soil Sciences Building
The MHTA Conference is beneficial to anyone interested in learning how the people-plant interaction brings therapeutic change and improves well-being. For more details and registration information, click here.
Hunter Park Garden House at Allen Neighborhood Center
Coming up: Planning Your Garden Year March 3, 2:00 – 4:00pm
For the whole season's lineup of Saturday workshops and to register, click here.
MSU Extension 2018 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series
Coming up: Fertilizer basics February 21 7:00 - 8:00pm
For the current and past session info, click here.
Lets Garden Lansing Follow this link to the Google Calendar of gardening-related events around the area! Be sure to check back frequently, as new information is continuously added.
CSA Fair at Allen Neighborhood Center
Allen Farmers Market CSA Fair: Meet your farmer and sign up for your farm share! February 24 11:00am - 2:00pm
Shop from a variety of CSAs from mid-Michigan farmers to get the freshest locally grown produce and farm products! For more information, see the Facebook event page.
Resource Center Special Opening for Seed Pickup
To prepare for the upcoming seed-starting season, we are opening the Resource Center (RC) for one evening to allow those that want to pick up pepper, tomato and eggplant seeds the opportunity to do so. The Garden Project will be starting their own transplants the last two weeks of March to be ready for the frost free date in mid to late May (hopefully). If you have a warm sunny place to grow your own, we would love to give you the seeds you need! Hope to see you there.
Join us on Thursday, March 8 from 5:00-7:00pm at 2401 Marcus St, Lansing 48912. As a reminder, ONLY pepper, tomato and eggplant seeds will be available this day.
Garden Project 2018 Workshops
While we are still finalizing our last few dates, we wanted to give you a sneak preview of our workshops this year! The lineup includes both technical training and Garden Leader training that will benefit new and seasoned Garden Leaders alike. Sessions will be two hours.Thursday, March 15 5:30 - 7:30: Garden Leader Workshop 1
How to bring money and resources into your garden
How to manage volunteer groups in your garden
Thursday, March 22 5:30 - 7:30: Garden Leader Workshop 2
How to communicate effectively with your gardeners
How to work with diverse gardeners
Thursday, March 29 5:30 - 7:30: Garden Leader Workshop 3
Garden Leader succession planning
Setting better rules for your garden
Summer and Fall Workshops and Events (Dates coming soon)
Technical Garden Training 1: Gardening to increase pollinators and beneficials while reducing pests
Technical Garden Training 2: Managing weeds in the garden
Garden Leader Workshop 4: How to engage youth in your garden
Technical Garden Training 3: How to improve soil health through proper tillage, cover cropping and compost
Perennial Plant Exchange: Perennial and native plant exchange
"Don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous."