Fall 2021 dig-ins are back

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 we need to cancel any dig-ins because of concerns about the Delta variant, we will inform registered volunteers via email. Also, check this website and our other social media for regular 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:

Saturday, September 11, 8:45am – noon – complete
Sunday, September 12, 8:45am – noon – complete

Saturday, September 18, 8:45am – noon – register here
Sunday, September 19, 8:45am – noon – register here

Saturday, September 25, 8:45am – noon – register here
Sunday, September 26, 8:45am – noon – register here

Saturday, October 2, 8:45am – noon – register here
Sunday, October 3, 8:45am – noon – register here

Saturday October 9, 8:45am – noon – register here
Sunday, October 10, 8:45am – noon – register here

Covid-19 precautions:

Concerns about Covid in the Austin area have increased because of rising infections and hospitalizations, primarily among unvaccinated individuals. Green Corn Project’s guidelines for volunteer activities are based on the City of Austin’s recommended practices for Stage 5.

  • Fully vaccinated individuals should wear a mask when participating in indoor private gatherings, and they should wear a mask for outdoor gatherings, if they are unable to socially distance.
  • Partially or unvaccinated individuals should not volunteer for Green Corn Project activities at this time. The City of Austin has advised that partially or unvaccinated individuals should avoid private gatherings unless they are essential. Our gardening projects, while important, are not essential.

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. This is where you enter the property. There is free parking on the side streets in the surrounding neighborhood.

Volunteer check-in

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, make note of 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.