Lettuce Link communicates with volunteers through an online newsletter, offers different volunteer opportunities, hosts recognition event and general community building events throughout the year. A few successful methods are:
The Harvest Coordinator provides volunteers with training and tools necessary to harvest fruit efficiently and safely. The opportunity to bring fruit home appeals to volunteers, as does sharing fruit with their community and getting to know their neighbors.
Lettuce Link staff attend gardener meetings to connect face-to-face with the community of gardeners and become aware of each garden’s needs. Lettuce Link also helps distribute starts grown by community-driven greenhouses to Giving Gardens until June and hosts two events.
Lettuce Link strives to recognize volunteers on several levels:
Ongoing: Updates, pictures, and volunteer spotlights on the Lettuce Link blog and Facebook page.
Lettuce Link, a program Solid Ground program, is an innovative food and gardening program that works with a large volunteer network create a community where people have access to healthy and culturally appropriate food.