Volunteer Workbees

Annual Gardening Bee
Wed., May 20 ~ Sat., May 23

This year’s spring Gardening Bee is different!
We still want to get flowers in the ground to beautify the entrance to Farwell Hall, but we’re going to stay safe doing it.
Despite the recent Supreme Court ruling, Folklore Village is continuing to follow the State and local Safer At Home guidelines to which we have been adapting. You are asked to maintain a minimum 6 foot distance from your fellow gardeners, and also to wear a mask or other face covering, such as a bandana. Bring your own hand sanitizer if possible. Keep reading for other changes this year!

Schedule: In order to minimize contact, we are spreading this workbee over four days, each with a morning and afternoon shift which is limited to up to four volunteers. You must sign up for a slot ahead of time, using this online form. You may leave the slot “open,” which will allow others to join you, until the max. of four is reached; or, you may mark it “closed” if you prefer to limit your participation to your family or household group.
Morning shifts: you may begin whenever you like, but must finish up by 12:30.
Afternoon shifts: you may begin any time after 1:30 and work as long as you like.
Please do NOT show up unannounced!

Things to bring:
 gardening gloves, work clothes, a hat, sunscreen, your favorite gardening/pruning tools (marked with your name, and kept in your care at all times), and garden cheer. We will not be sharing or providing tools.

Lunch & water:
 In the interest of keeping everyone safe, we ask that you bring your own lunch and/or snacks, in a cooler, as well as your own water bottles. The kitchen will not be open.

As always, donations of annual plants (Dusty Miller, Snapdragons, Marigolds (both short and tall), Zinnias (short) and Ageratum) are much appreciated! Please notify Dan and Glenn ahead of time of what you intend to contribute.

Thank you ever so much for your understanding and support during this challenging time, and to all who help in making our grounds colorful and welcoming.
Dan Lippitt at 608-226-0427 or dhlippitt@gmail.com
Folklore Village office at 608-924-4000, or office@folklorevillage.org

Aslak Lie Workbees: If you’d like to get email notifications of upcoming work days on this project, please drop a note to Becky at office@folklorevillage.org to be added to that email list. These workdays typically get scheduled on shorter notice. See updates on this Historical Restoration project HERE.

Prairie Workdays
Our 66 acres of prairies require regular, ongoing and seasonal maintenance. You can read about the prairies and our commitment to their stewardship HERE.

Volunteer needs include:
• invasive weed removal
• seed collecting
• native seed spreading
• fire break preparation
• leading prairie tours for events

Anne Helsley and Dan Wallace have been anchoring workdays, essential in the effort to keep invasives from overtaking our restored prairie. If you’d like to help with these efforts, contact the office at 608-924-4000, Dan Wallace at 608-698-5144, or keep an eye on the Calendar page!

To be added to our Volunteer e-mail list and receive announcements about upcoming volunteer opportunities, please drop a note to office@folklorevillage.org .