YCG SignVolunteer Weighing ProduceVolunteers MeetingMother and son volunteering for harvest

Volunteer Coordinator

For any questions related to the Community Plot and/or volunteering,
please email Joy Ahrens (jahrens1@maine.rr.com) or Wendy Barmore (wjbarmore@gmail.com).


Volunteers Needed!

We need volunteers to help with the harvest every Tuesday and Saturday morning for the rest of the season starting at 8 AM. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to work in the garden and do what needs to be done under the direction of an experienced volunteer crew.

Volunteers harvesting beans

YCG is a volunteer-based community group that always needs and enthusiastically welcomes volunteers — no gardening experience necessary!

  • Each spring, we need a hand getting the garden ready for plots and planting.
  • At planting time, usually around Memorial Day, we need lots of help planting seeds and seedlings in the Community Plot.
  • In July and August, we need volunteers on Thursdays to help at Garden Explorers' camp.
  • Through the growing season, we always need help with weed management!
  • We appreciate help on Tuesday and Saturday mornings, when we harvest and prepare produce from the Community Plot for delivery.
  • And fall clean-up in the garden always calls for volunteer hands.
  • Lots of non-gardening help is needed, too: mowing, carpentry, painting, heavy lifting, artistic talent, musicians for events, fundraising...whatever you do best, more than likely, we can use it.
  • Guest lecturing on garden-related topics is welcome.
  • Produce donations are always welcome, if you have extra from your home garden.

TomatoesOur Community Involvement

  • The steering committee collaborates with North Yarmouth Academy and Yarmouth School Department to coordinate projects that involve students. Middle and High School student volunteers provide community service at the garden. They've built structures for growing beans, installed cedar posts to line the garden's main walkway, created signs for crops, and painted trash barrels.
  • A Boy Scout built a pavilion at the garden as his Eagle Scout project. This project was supported by Yarmouth Community Services and Hancock Lumber. The pavilion is now a gathering place for plot renters, volunteers, and town citizens, with picnic tables and a bulletin board.
  • Volunteers deliver produce through the Maine Harvest for Hunger program to Meals on Wheels; Yarmouth Food Pantry; Bartlett Circle; Yarmouth Falls Apartments; and occasionally Falmouth Food Pantry, which serves some Yarmouth clients; and a number of home-bound individuals.
  • YCG also partners with avid gardeners in the area. We receive donations of vegetables and flowers to include in our weekly food-distribution program. We continue to partner with a local flower gardener and the Meals on Wheels program to make and deliver bouquets to meal recipients.
  • Educators from the Children's Garden program volunteer in the classroom at both Rowe and Yarmouth Elementary School, teaching children about the life cycle of plant and garden pollinators. The students also take field trips to YCG, that are led by garden volunteers.
  • Garden Explorers take part in the annual Yarmouth Clam Festival Parade. In 2014, their Miss Rumphius float took the 2nd place prize in the non-profit category.
  • We end each season in October with a festive Harvest Dinner open to the community. The dinner usually draws more than 300 people.

Coordinators

Marjorie Stone
Rental Plot Coordinator

Christine Slader
Children's Garden Coordinator

Ashley Bahlkow
Community Plot Coordinator