Volunteer this summer in the Campus Garden, Campus Kitchen

James Sims

Jamie Sims

Though summer may be a quiet season on much of the Reynolda Campus, the 18,000 square feet behind 1141 Polo Road comes alive May through August.  On May 19, the gates of the Campus Garden will open for a new crop of summer volunteers.

During weekly volunteer hours (Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 p.m.), volunteers participate in the entire gardening process: planting, cultivating, harvesting, and, most important, bringing fresh produce home to eat. Staff and faculty are welcome in the garden year round and are especially appreciated during the summer months, when student gardeners are not available.

Jamie Sims, the Campus Garden intern and Master of Divinity candidate, invites gardeners with all levels of experience to join him this summer. Sims, whose academic and practical concentrations are on food and faith, said, “As the Campus Garden enters its most productive and fruitful season, all are welcome to join in and experience the simple pleasures of dirty fingernails and fresh produce. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn plenty of new skills or brush up on old ones.”

Families are always welcome in the garden and more experienced gardeners may take ownership of small projects. No advanced sign-up is necessary to participate during garden volunteer hours. Find more information about the Campus Garden here on the Office of Sustainability’s webpage. Email campusgarden@nullwfu.edu with questions.

If you’d like to keep your extracurriculars indoors this summer, the Campus Kitchen is also seeking Wake Forest faculty, staff, and family members to volunteer for their full calendar of summer shifts. Volunteers may prepare meals, make deliveries, or pick up rescued food from the Fresh Market. Shifts run in the afternoons and evenings every day except on Saturdays. Find out more about Campus Kitchen here and contact Brittany Forniotis at fornbn11@nullwfu.edu to volunteer.