Job Title; Volunteer Parent Gardener.
Positions Available: At least one for each class. Job-sharing encouraged.
Hours: Not many, whatever you can spare.
Remuneration: Mmmmm…. Revegetation?
Essential Skills: None. Enthusiasm would help.
Line Manager: Don’t be silly. You just plant stuff and pull weeds. Maybe make something from the things the kids grow.
Collaborates with: The kids. The teacher. The teachers aids. The School. The Somers School Garden Community. Basically you get a lot of help if you want it.
Potential for growth: Lots and lots.
We are always looking for new friends of the garden. Perhaps you can help your child’s class in 2018 by being a Parent Gardener. Perhaps you would like to share a garden bed with someone else. Each classroom has it’s own dedicated garden bed. It is only 2 square metres of soil. It is not labour intensive. It does not take much time. Each bed is run to suit the kids of the class. Your child’s teacher may have a plan, or one of our wonderful teachers aids may have a project or you may have an idea yourself. And the other people involved in the garden are here to help. We have tried to design the garden parent volunteer model in such a way that no-one has too much to do, no-one has to do anything alone and if you cant be there at any given time no-one is going to be upset.
If you know another parents from the class or classes that your child or children are part of next year then why not have a chat with them and see if you would like to share a small but rewarding role between you?
Alternatively you could lend an occasional hand to the developing Somers Primary School healthy eating movement which is part of the Somers School Garden vision.
We have tried to create an gardening community around the garden that will benefit the kids, the school, Somers and surrounds. It is very hard for one or two teachers to carry the garden, they are busy, the aids are busy, in fact we are all busy but many hands make light work. It is a collaborative concept. If you can lend a hand, even for an hour or two, the collaboration grows.