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Help make "Chard Your Yard" happen!

We're in an amazing time - and we continue to practice COVID-19 safety precautions. 

COVID Safety Precautions

You are encouraged to help with Chard Your Yard if:

  • You feel safe leaving your home - this means you are not at risk because of pre-existing health conditions.  If you are at risk, do NOT participate. 
  • You commit to following COVID safety precautions, which include:
    • Wearing a face mask at all times
    • Maintain social distancing at all times

To find out more, visit the State of Minnesota's recommendations to protect yourself and others.

Minnesota COVID Prevention

2021 Volunteer Events

We have two phases of the install process, Build Night and Install Days.  All of these events will be conducted following Covid safety precautions, including masks, and social distancing. 

Join the CYY Stall Teams

We are looking for volunteers to help!  All you need is the desire to get involved, and a commitment to practice COVID safety!  Use the link below to sign up, and read more about the Volunteer events below. 

Signup as a Volunteer!

Build Nights

  • Wednesday April 28th 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Wednesday May 5th 6:30pm - 8:30pm

During the build nights, we cut the lumber, and partially assemble the garden bed frames.  Once partially assembled, we deliver the garden bed frames to the garden install locations. 

Skills required:

  • Commitment to follow COVID safety procedures
  • face mask - wear at all times
  • Light lifting ability - 10 to 20 lbs
  • Interest in the garden build process
  • Sign a Volunteer Consent Waiver before participating

Optional items:

  • Safety glasses or other eye protection
  • Hearing protection
  • Gloves for handling lumber
  • Heavy duty drills to assemble beds
  • Car or truck to transport partly assembled beds to garden install locations

Everyone is welcome!  If you have never participated, there is plenty of time for learning.  We value everyone's interest and encourage everyone's participation. 

Install Days

There are two install days, and two sessions on each day:

  • Saturday - May 1st - AM shift - 9am - Noon
  • Saturday - May 1st - PM shift - 1pm - 4pm
  • Saturday - May 8th - AM shift - 9am - Noon
  • Saturday - May 8th - PM shift - 1pm - 4pm
  • All shift members are encouraged to bring a bag lunch and join us for a socialy distanced lunch event. 

For the installs, we break into small teams of 4-6 people.  Each team works together to complete the garden installation.  Team members transport themselves to the install sites, along with buckets of soil and the unassembled garden beds.  On-site, the garden bed is fully assembled.  The bed is placed, and filled with soil.  We provide the gardner with a Chard sign, and take a photo of the completed install. 

Skills required:

  • Commitment to follow COVID safety procedures
  • face mask - wear at all times
  • Ability to transport yourself to install sites
    (COVID precautions don't allow people to share rides)
  • Light lifting ability - 10 to 20 lbs
  • Interest in the garden build process
  • Sign a Volunteer Consent Waiver before participating

Optional items:

  • Safety glasses or other eye protection
  • 5 gallon or smaller buckets to transport soil to the gardens
  • Shovel for leveling soil in the bed
  • Gloves for handling lumber
  • Heavy duty drills to assemble beds
  • Car or truck to transport partly assembled beds and soil to the garden install locations

Everyone is welcome!  If you have never participated, there is plenty of time for learning.  We value everyone's interest and encourage everyone's participation.

The Volunteer Process

If you are ready to volunteer, click the links below. 

Signup as a Volunteer!

First, you'll need to create an account on this website.  We use our account to track your hours, and give you access to the gardens you will help install.  Your information is private and we will never sell or distribute your information, except to work with you on Chard Your Yard.

Next you will fill out the Signup and Waiver form.  By completing the Signup and Waiver form, you are confirming the written waiver.  

You will receive a follow up email with more instruction and an invitation to join our Virtual Install Orientation on April 29th where you can learn how to build the beds and meet other volunteers. 

If you have any questions, please contact us!  Better to ask any questions before signing up.

Thanks for considering this, you are making the amazing world we live in today!

 

Updated - 2021-03-11

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