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PLANT IT FORWARD FARMS

What Is It?: A nonprofit that offers economically disadvantaged refugees an opportunity to become self-sufficient through growing, harvesting, and selling produce from a sustainable urban farm in Houston, while providing fresh, local produce to Houstonians.

 

Help Needed: Help with farming activities, prepare produce for market, sell produce at farmers’ markets, work on fundraisers or other special projects, take photos, help with social media, or assist in the office.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 7. Volunteers age 7-16 must have adult supervision. Students over 16 can work independently (or in groups) with parental approval.

Help Needed

FARMING / HARVESTING

After a 15-minute orientation, volunteers are paired with farmers to assist with daily farming activities.  This may include harvesting, weeding, composting, watering, or cleaning up the landdepending on the specific needs of the day.  This is usually a morning activity and will be a physical activity.

PRODUCE PROCESSING

After a daily or weekly harvest, produce is taken to Plant It Forward’s (non-air-conditioned) warehouse for washing, sorting, and market prep.  Assistance here does not require as much mobility as on the farm.

 

HELP AT FARMERS’ MARKETS

Plant It Forward is currently at the Urban Harvest Eastside Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 7 AM to noon, plus other Farm Share distribution points during the week.  In the future there will be other market opportunities.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

This could be helping to build out a new farm, helping with a farm dinner, or other special projects that wouldn’t be possible without assistance from volunteers and the community.

HELP IN THE OFFICE

Plant It Forward sometimes needs help with administrative duties. This could include webpage maintenance, mailings, photography, or other things.  This may not have as much contact with the farm or the farmers, but is a big help to the organization.

Time Commitment:
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Plant It Forward (2 minutes 27 seconds) (2014)

Location:

In addition to the 3-acre farm at Braeswood Church (corner of Fondren & Willowbend), there are Plant it Forward farms at:

1318 Sul Ross Street, Houston TX 77006 (1/2 acre on the campus of University of St. Thomas, at the corner of Yupon and Sul Ross)

12581 Dunlap Street, Houston TX 77035 (2 acres in Westbury, adjacent to the Westbury Community Garden)

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