Volunteers and AFRH residents preparing to plant, Spring 2012.

Volunteers and AFRH residents preparing the garden plots for planting, Spring 2012.

Friends of the Soldiers Home is happy to announce the second season of community gardening at the Armed Forces Retirement Home!

Friends volunteers have an opportunity to garden plots of their own in exchange for assisting resident gardeners with their plots.

In the first year of this wonderful program we saw more veterans choosing to have gardens at the Home than at any time in several years. Friendships formed, and deepened, among veterans and community volunteers. We are so excited about what the second season will bring!

Whether you would be new to the program or returning from last year, you must express an interest by e-mailing Carrie Green by no later than Wednesday, March 27 at gardenerofsoldiers @ gmail.com Carrie is the coordinator of the garden project for Friends of the Soldiers Home.

The number of community volunteers we can accommodate in this program is tied to the number of residents who sign up to participate. So space is limited. We don’t expect to have room for everyone who expresses an interest, but we will do our very best to work with the Home to fit in as many people as possible.

Carrie will notify community members if there is space for them on April 1. Friends requests a $20 donation per community member who gardens. Volunteers must be willing to undergo background checks by the Armed Forces Retirement Home staff.

New garden volunteers will need to attend one of two orientation meetings with the Home’s volunteer coordinator, either on Friday, April 5th, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., or Saturday, April 6th, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

New volunteers also need to attend an orientation with the Home’s garden coordinator on Sunday, April 7th at 4 p.m.
Gardener volunteers returning from last year don’t need to attend the session with the volunteer coordinator, but they must meet with the garden coordinator on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m.Questions? Contact Carrie Green at the address above.