If you find yourself sprouting a green thumb as the temperature continues to rise, consider heading to Earthworks Urban Farm (1264 Meldrum, Detroit MI) in Detroit. Located on Meldrum Street not far off Jefferson, Earthworks is a gardener’s oasis for urban farming among the neighborhoods of Detroit.
In partnership with Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Earthworks provides healthy and fresh food for the kitchen, while fostering a community in the city that focuses on working toward social justice and reconnecting with the food that we consume.
Volunteering at Earthworks typically involves getting your hands dirty, whether that’s harvesting vegetables in the hoop house, picking weeds in the garden, or tending to the compost heap. Drop-in volunteering sessions are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 am to noon, and often end with everyone forming a circle and sharing their thoughts on a question of reflection presented by a staff member. Volunteers are also invited to join the Earthworks leaders for lunch inside Capuchin Soup Kitchen after a hard morning’s work outside.
Earthworks provides a number of volunteering options outside of basic garden work, including youth programs like Growing Healthy Kids, a donations-only program for 5- to 11-year-olds that offers hands-on classes about urban agriculture. Earthworks also runs a Youth Farm Stand for 12- to 17-year-olds, where young volunteers are invited to help harvest and attend market days with the Earthworks staff.
Volunteers can also help out with the Earthworks 30-hive apiary in Washington, Michigan. Bees are a vital component of Earthworks as they help pollinate crops as well as provide honey and beeswax, which can be sold in raw form or even as handbalm.
To volunteer, check the schedule online at http://www.cskdetroit.org/EWG/. Many opportunities require no RSVP in advance; individual volunteers need only show up at the parking lot outside Capuchin Soup Kitchen at 1264 Meldrum.