Support Our Mission
Volunteers are an integral part of all we do at Awbury. Thank you for taking your time to invest in your community!
The following are our current volunteer opportunities:
Awbury Food Forest: Monthly Work Days
1st Saturday and 3rd Sunday of the month, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Concluded for the season; please check back in Spring 2022
The Awbury Food Forest (AFF), located in The Farm at Awbury, is an evolving perennial demonstration site designed using permaculture ethics, principles and techniques with the goal of creating habitat, edible/medicinal resources, and fostering community engagement in a sustainable way. AFF is managed by a volunteer stewardship group with the support of the Philadelphia Orchard Project.
Awbury Food Forest Stewards work every 1st Saturday and 3rd Sunday of the month from 9am to 12pm to maintain all aspects of the Food Forest. You do not need to RSVP; simply show up at The Farm at Awbury and join in. Volunteers will get their hands dirty engaging in a variety of tasks including but not limited to weeding, fruit tree and berry pruning, path making, sheet mulching and planting. Come volunteer your time and learn about unique gardening techniques, woody and perennial edible and medicinal plants, and their care throughout the season.
Location: the Awbury Food Forest, in The Farm at Awbury
Address: 6336 Ardleigh Street, Philadelphia, PA 19138.
*Please park on Ardleigh Street and use the pedestrian walk to access Awbury Food Forest area within The Farm at Awbury. The Food Forest is across the path from the Philly Goat Project.
Children are welcome when accompanied and supervised by an adult.
Please bring garden gloves if you have them, a water bottle, and dress appropriately for the weather and work in nature. Closed toe shoes are required.
Food Forest workdays occasionally cancel due rain.
Questions? Email Jeannie at email@example.com, and please put “Awbury Food Forest Volunteer” in the subject line.
Spring through Fall
Awbury’s new Streamkeepers monthly group monitors the water temperature of the Wingohocking Creek and reports this data to the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership. Our data, and that from 24 additional sites, is used to measure the impact of stream restoration projects. Our plan is to expand the role of the Streamkeepers at Awbury to include monitoring of the ponds and wetlands area, offering landscape support as needed, and providing community education.
Interested? Please email Nancy Pasquier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gardening Work Days in the Awbury Kitchen Garden
Second and Fourth Sundays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Dates: 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24
We recently broke ground on a Kitchen Garden in The Farm at Awbury!
Fall Projects include:
– Expanding planting beds: learn how to prepare the ground for planting!
– Harvesting crops: how to harvest and process different plants
– Planting Fall crops, including garlic in late October
Once the growing season comes to an end we will start planning the 2022 garden and related classes. Join us!
The purpose of the Kitchen Garden is to provide (1) a food source for culinary demonstrations such as workshops on special events, (2) a place for the public to engage in educational programming about gardening, and (3) an opportunity for regular volunteers who want to learn while being of service.
Interested? Please email Grace Wicks at email@example.com.
Sunday Fun Days Event Support
Special Landscaping Project Days
Awbury “Coffee Grounds”: Weekly Gardening
ON HOLD; please check back next season
Wednesdays from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Come work with Awbury’s Landscape Manager and Landscape Team on weekly garden projects. Each week will have a different focus in a garden within the Historic Landscape. Take the opportunity to learn weeding, pruning, plant identification and landscape maintenance hands on while discussing garden topics of interest.
Weaver’s Way members can receive work credit hours by volunteering at Awbury Arboretum.
Please first visit the WW membership website to see which Awbury Volunteer projects count towards credit hours. After signing up through the WW website, please sign up for a project through this page; be sure to check the box to indicate that you are a WW member and you complete the form.
Questions regarding WW membership and volunteer sign up? Contact Kirsten Bernal at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Weavers Way at (215) 843-2350.