Since its inception volunteers have been critical to the success of the PATCH, and are welcomed to “dig in the dirt” every week to assist in cultivating produce.
While the PATCH partners with Hands on Broward an organization which links volunteers with various entities through its online calendar, there are many other organizations and individuals that seek to provide community service. The PATCH is open to all and has a growing list of volunteer groups such as, The Urban League of Broward County, Dismas Charities, Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts, Nova Southeastern University, Florida Atlantic University, Keiser University, The Dan Marino, Autism Foundation, The Friends of the Dania Beach Library, students of various middle and high schools, and members of the community who stop by to lend a hand.
Over the years, the PATCH has benefited from over 3,800 volunteer hours which is equivalent to $81,713.00. With only two daily part-time garden coordinators the volunteer contribution from the community enables the farm to be well cared for as up keep is critical to its success.
The PATCH is an outstanding example of brining the concept of sustainability and healthy eating to urban neighborhoods. For volunteers, the PATCH is “organic” for a number of reason it is truly a great learning experience on the rudiments of gardening, it provides great community service hours, and working outdoors several hours each week is an excellent form of fitness.
Come Volunteer at the PATCH!