Winter is the perfect time for gardeners to give back by volunteering time, while our gardens lie dormant!

While perusing seed catalogs and planning this year’s garden, start planning ahead to combine your love of gardening with giving back to the community as a volunteer:

  • Organize a gleaning of remaining food crops in your community garden to go back to a community organization or school.
  • Start a seed-saving project with a local school to save and plant seeds for next year’s school or community garden plot.
  • Recruit friends and volunteers to process extra produce into usable canned or frozen goods for local school or food shelf – think sauce, salsa, jams, relishes, and pickles!

Give Back — Fuel Up

Volunteer hours can be long, but they’re worth it. Stay fueled with healthy meals and snacks like these!

Snack – Homemade Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt Cups

Breakfast – Chive, Cheddar & Green Chili Corn Mini-Quiches

Dinner – Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Every Volunteer Act Counts!

Keep track of—and then get rewarded—for your service with the Rewards Volunteers app, created by Cabot Creamery. Each hour you log in the app gives you another chance to win prizes for yourself or the organization where you are volunteering. And since your hours also post to Facebook, each “like” also increases your chances to win. Download the app now.

Looking for a volunteering opportunity that combines your favorite hobby with doing good? Use these resources to find a match in your area: brings “good people and good causes together.”

The United Way has an online search you can use to determine where there’s a need for your time, skills, and energy.

All For Good exists solely to help match people interesting in volunteering with organizations that need their help.

Know of more great places to volunteer your gardening talents that you’d like to share? Send them to us @