SEC seeks native plant nursery volunteers
Sonoma Ecology Center is seeking volunteers to help with its Native Plant Nursery at Sonoma Garden Park on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning Jan. 10.
Each Thursday, participants will meet at the Sonoma Garden Park Native Plant Nursery complex. These workdays are an opportunity to learn how to grow local native plants, vegetables, and perennials, and to help with nursery maintenance and upkeep.
For more than 10 years, the Native Plant Nursery has been raising native plants for use in creek restoration, and vegetable starts for crops at Sonoma Garden Park. Over the last three years, thanks to the support of Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley, City of Sonoma, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, local businesses and professionals, and Sonoma Ecology Center’s members, donors, and volunteers, the center has expanded its nursery infrastructure with a new greenhouse and shade structure. Thanks to these new additions, programs at the Native Plant Nursery now include education projects and increased plant production for use in native habitat restoration around Sonoma Valley.
Sonoma Garden Park is a working farm and model of sustainable agriculture managed by Sonoma Ecology Center. Sonoma Garden Park was a gift from Pauline Bond, and is located at 19996 Seventh St. E., between MacArthur and Denmark streets in Sonoma.
All ages and skill levels are welcome. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers will get dirty, so dress appropriately. Wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves (if you have them), a snack and refillable water bottle.