Spring is the perfect time for gardeners to give back by volunteering time, while the start of our gardens dance in our minds.

While perusing seed catalogs and planning this year’s garden, plan ahead to combine your love of Gardening with giving back to the community:

· Consider starting or joining a community garden and sharing your bountiful harvest with community organizations that feed the hungry.
· 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: Whole Grain Get-Up-and -Go Bars


BreakfastEggs in Red Peppers


Dinner: Power Salad with Yogurt Dill Dressing


Every Volunteer Act Counts!
Keep track of—and get rewarded—for your service with Rewards Volunteers, created by Cabot Creamery. Each hour you log gives you another chance to win prizes for yourself or the organization where you volunteer. {And since your hours also post to Facebook, each “like” also increases your chances to win.}

Looking for a volunteer opportunity that combines your favorite hobby with doing good? Use these resources to find a match in your area:

Create the Good connects you with volunteer opportunities to share your life experiences, skills and passions in your community.
VolunteerMatch brings “good people and good causes together.”
The United Way has an online form you can fill out to determine where there’s a need for your time, skills, and energy.
All For Good exists solely to help match people willing to volunteer and organizations who need their help.

Another way that you can get involved in your own backyard is with Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR). This is a program of the Garden Writers Association and the GWA Foundation. Members encourage their readers and listeners to plant an extra row of produce each year and donate their surplus to local food banks, soup kitchens, and service organizations to help feed America’s hungry. Since 2011 more than 2 million pounds of produce has been donated each year.  Click here to learn more and get involved.

If you would like to learn more about Cabot Creamery Cooperative or more about Reward Volunteers click here.

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