Nursery Team - The Common Orchard Project

June 21, 2022 2:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Organization: The Common Orchard Project

About this opportunity:

Volunteer Reports to: Community Empowerment Coordinator

Job Location: Camp Washington Urban Farm

Time Commitment: ~1.5 hours a week, seasonal needs.

How this Position Supports Common Orchard:

We are looking for more volunteers to join us in growing food and community in Greater Cincinnati and beyond. The Common Orchard Project works to install and maintain hundreds of small orchard plantings across Greater Cincinnati and grows “commonly held” resources by educating communities on fresh food and urban land management. These common orchards provide increased food access, tree canopy, walkable greenspace and community building in neighborhoods that have experienced disinvestment.

A fruit tree and perennial plant nursery that serves as the homebase for regional orchard support has been developed at the Camp Washington Urban Farm. The Nursery Team ensures that we have the appropriate varieties of fruit trees available that will thrive in our area as well as maintains the 25+ species of herbaceous plants and berries. The trees grown at Camp Washington are used in the installation of new community orchards.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Potting up trees, shrubs, and medicinal plants
  • Labeling
  • Pruning and Fruit thinning
  • Pest identification, prevention, and removal
  • Mulching
  • Watering
  • Weeding
  • Seasonal plant protection
  • Mowing
  • Walking over uneven terrain (at times for most if not all of the work day)
  • Perform duties outdoors throughout multiple seasons
  • Be flexible in communication (The work of some days may shift due to weather)
  • Training & Supervision will be provided for maximum health and safety.

All volunteers, whether volunteering for ongoing, short-term or “one off” roles, undergo onboarding that provides all the information appropriate to their role to help them understand the work of The Common Orchard Project and fulfill their role. Onboarding arrangements vary according to the service and the nature of the voluntary activity to be undertaken. Where possible, volunteers are offered additional training to enable them to fulfill their voluntary role more effectively.

To become a valued contributor within the support of food sovereignty in Cincinnati by way of plant nursery care, please contact this email: commonorchard@greenumbrella.org.

After this, you will be able to set up an initial volunteer orientation and to sign up to receive volunteer communication, or if you have any other questions.

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