June 2016 Volunteer of the Month

Douglas High School National Honor Society and Dudley Middle School National Junior Honor SocietyVOTM

As everyone already knows New England has a long history of farming traditions. Some of the earliest cultivated crops in the Americas were actually grown right on this hill by the Hassanamisco Nipmucs. With that in mind we here at Community Harvest Project really enjoy when we can cultivate traditions of our own. Whether it is a repeat visit of a school group, the comradery that our interns create over the summer months or hosting two great events annually we really like our traditions here on the farm.

This months “Volunteer of the Month” is actually two groups that we have cultivated tradition with, so much so that they now are a key part of our Plantapalooza Event. The Douglas High School National Honor Society and the Dudley Middle School National Junior Honor Society have been regular volunteers for the past several years. In their roles at our Plantapalooza Event these students can be found helping our supporters carry plants to the checkout area, staffing checkout, helping people put their plants in their vehicles and other assorted tasks. If that is not enough for one day they also rotate through planting in the fields and help us with a smooth and seamless cleanup. All of this hard work is done with great energy and enthusiasm as they connect their work to the cause of helping neighbors in need. With their all in approach they help us to ensure a great experience for everyone that visits the farm that day. We received numerous accolades from both volunteers and shoppers about what a great team we have working and supporting the event. With their effort year in year out we have been able to continue to grow Plantapalooza into the area’s biggest and best plant sale.

So for our Volunteer of the Month we would like to applaud and thank the amazing students from the Douglas High School National Honor Society and the Dudley Middle School National Junior Honor Society for all of their efforts. In addition, none of this would be possible without great teachers leading the charge. Thanks to Todd Babola from Douglas High and Kelly Bonner from Dudley Middle School for making this all happen.    The continuing support and outstanding service of these students, parents and staff to Community Harvest Project is greatly appreciated!

Read the rest of the June 2016 Sprout!

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