It’s Garden Day at EcoCentro this Saturday

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Gardening tips and demonstrations will be given throughout the day.

By Wally Perez

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EcoCentro is looking for more volunteers to participate in its EcoCentro Garden Work day 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Saturday at the center, 1802 N. Main Ave.

The event is open to students, the community and anyone looking to fulfill community service hours.

EcoCentro needs volunteers to help with tasks such as moving soil and stones, prepping and building garden beds, sheet mulching and more.

Julie Cornelius, continuing education program coordinator, and Steven Lewis, director of the service, trade and industry center, are in charge of the event.

“We’re still looking for more volunteers and any amount of time they can contribute is appreciated,” Cornelius said. “It’s not just a work day, but also a learning experience for the volunteers.”

There will be demonstrations and information given out throughout the day including land restoration, water restoration, the importance of fresh grown food and sustainable agriculture techniques, she said.

As of Wednesday, about 10 people had offered to volunteer but Cornelius hopes for at least 20.

Members of Students for Environmental Awareness, an organization at this college that educates students and the community about living sustainability, will volunteer.

Food will not be provided, but the plan is for participants to eat at a nearby restaurant as a group.

Water will be supplied, but volunteers are encouraged to bring extra.

Volunteers also should bring work gloves, sunscreen, bug spray, as well as any personal gardening tools such as shovels, hard rakes or pickaxes.

The center advises volunteers to wear sturdy shoes and the appropriate clothing to get dirty.

Because of safety concerns, children under the age of 12 are not allowed.

Anyone interested in volunteering should visit the center on Saturday. For more information, call Cornelius at 210-486-1874 or Lewis at 210-486-9253.




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