Work Out, Help Out in community garden

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Illustration by Estefania B. Alonso

By Christie Tavera

Students and faculty can combine garden work with physical exercise from 9am-1pm Saturday at Sinkin EcoCentro’s “Work Out, Help Out” garden volunteer workday.

Although workdays are scheduled periodically throughout the semester, Saturday’s event will be unique.

Joining the event Saturday is the organization Work Out, Help Out, a non-profit group that provides workout breaks from certified trainers while you put in community service hours at the garden.

The project this weekend is working in the EcoCentro community garden. Groups who have adopted gardens will be constructing the beds and begin planting a variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs.

The community garden is part of the Green Spaces Alliance network of community gardens that funds and supports gardens all over the city, continuing education program Coodinator Julie Cornelius said by email.

Currently GSA has more than 40 gardens.

Participation is not limited to students and faculty.

EcoCentro Manager Steven Lewis said the EcoCentro “is funded as a community center. It is a part of our immediate community.”

Everyone can attend the garden volunteer workday even if they have not adopted a bed. The extra help is always welcome.

Volunteers should wear comfortable clothes and something for hands-on gardening work. Bring your own water and snacks.

Cornelius also stressed that EcoCentro always needs volunteers. For students, there is always the option for building projects, work-study positions and more.

EcoCentro schedules classes, workshops, demos, events and more throughout the year. For information on current offerings, check out the Facebook page at

For more information about the non-profit organization, Work Out, Help Out, visit its website,


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