Hello, volunteers and friends. Now that more than half of Travis County is vaccinated against Covid-19, we’re cautiously resuming our schedule of Dig-ins for this fall. If the pandemic safety guidelines change because of the Delta variant, we will revise our plans accordingly. Check this website and our other social media for updates.
What is a Dig-in?
A Dig-in is what we call our volunteer group outings to garden sites where we either install a new garden or clean up an existing one. No experience is needed to be a volunteer and you do not need to do anything in advance. Groups are welcome (just contact us to work out the details) and feel free to bring your children though we ask that you accompany young children at all times. Anyone wishing to get more involved should consider becoming a dig-in team leader by attending our Dig-in Leader Training workshop.
2021 Fall Dig-in dates and registration:
Concerns about Covid-19 in the Austin area have increased in the last two weeks because of rising infections and hospitalizations, primarily among unvaccinated individuals. Green Corn Project is following the City of Austin’s recommended practices for safe outdoor activities during Stage 3.
- Fully vaccinated individuals can participate in outdoor private gatherings without masking.
- Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals, who are low-risk, can participate in outdoor private gatherings while wearing a mask.
- Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals, who are high-risk, should avoid non-essential indoor and outdoor private gatherings.
- Please wear a mask at all times (regardless of your vaccination status) if you need to go indoors to use the restroom in The Training Kitchen.
What to do on the Dig-in day
Please be sure to check the website and your e-mail both the night before and the morning of the Dig-in, as it is possible that we may need to reschedule because of weather, ground conditions, or other reasons. Please bring sun protection, shoes with sturdy soles (digging in flip flops is no fun), water or other beverages, gardening gloves if you use them, and snacks or lunch if you want them. We will provide all the necessary tools and instruction; you do not need any prior training. Please plan on staying till 1pm although most teams are able to finish by noon.
Where to meet up
We will meet at 1901 Matthews Lane in Southwest Austin. Look for the big Green Corn Project sign on the tall chain link fence. That is where you enter the property. There is free parking on the side streets in the surrounding neighborhood.
After you arrive, look for a person at a table with a clipboard and please sign in and grab a name tag. It may seem a bit chaotic at first as we gather tools, sort plants, and bag compost, but someone will help you find a task. Once we’re ready and everyone has arrived, we’ll assemble, chat about the garden sites we plan to visit, and then you will be assigned to a Dig-in team. You and your team members will exchange phone numbers, learn the destination, and travel to the garden sites (carpooling is encouraged). If you have an appropriate vehicle and would be willing to help transport tools and/or compost to the garden site(s), let us know when you sign in.
Frequent volunteer list
Throughout the year, we put together small teams for projects like helping someone do some weeding or mulching a school garden for summer. To receive notifications of these events, sign-up for our frequent volunteer email list.