Yesterday, I spent a day volunteering with Growing Places Garden Project, a Massachusetts non-profit that builds food gardens for low-income families and teaches the skills to maintain them. My employer, a software company in MetroWest, gives us 8 hours of paid volunteer time each year and I took advantage of the warm weather to volunteer with Growing Places for outdoor garden builds.

A group of 11th graders were part of the build team at our first site in Fitchburg.
A group of 11th graders were part of the build team at our first site in Fitchburg.

Usually there is one build site per day, but I had the chance to work on two sites. Both of the sites were in Fitchburg. The garden boxes and soil were delivered ahead of time, so we loaded the truck with wheel barrows, shovels, rakes, fencing, soil amendments, seedlings, and other gardening accessories.

A group of 11th-graders from a local charter high school joined us at the first build site. Nothing makes me feel older than listening to 17-year-olds muse about how fast 9th grade went by! Excuse me while I try to remember my 20s.

We had many little helping hands at the second build site in Fitchburg.
We had many little helping hands at the second build site in Fitchburg.

 

 

With temperatures in the low 70s, it was a glorious day to be outside and not stuck in an office. By the end of the day, I helped install five raised garden beds between two gardens in Fitchburg and watered the Prichard Street Community Garden. Not a bad day …