Volunteer at GoggleWorks Gardens to grow an appreciation for local food systems, learn farm skills, and enjoy time with members of the community. If you’re interested in volunteering contact Tiana Lopez, our garden studio manager
Phone: 610.374.4600 E-mail: TLopez@goggleworks.org
We have bee hives on site. Please take that into consideration when choosing to volunteer.
For volunteer days plan to bring:
- Working gloves/ garden gloves
- A water bottle
- Any allergy medicines or devices you may need in case of an allergic reaction.
Other optional items that can help if you have them handy:
- Large garden shovels or hand shovels
- Digging fork, pitchfork, or broadfork
- Loppers, shears, pruners
Examples of tasks we could be completing:
- Clearing out old plants and weeds
- Transplanting new plants
- Cutting branches, pruning trees and bushes
- Lifting heavy rocks – for those that are willing and able
- Moving soil and compost
2022 Volunteer Day Dates
Public volunteer days in the GoggleWorks Gardens will occur every 3rd Saturday of the month from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. In the event of inclement weather such as rain, snow or extreme cold please consider volunteer days cancelled.
March 19, 2022 – Spring Equinox Kickoff Celebrations
April 16, 2022
May 28, 2022
June 18, 2022
July 16, 2022- Summer Solstice Celebrations
August 20, 2022
September 17, 2022- Autumn Equinox Celebrations
October 15, 2022
November 19, 2022
December 17, 2022 – Indoor Winter Solstice Celebrations
Long Term Volunteer Positions
If you’re interested in taking on a longer term volunteer role we have a few positions available:
- Gatherer: collect physical or monetary donations on behalf of GoggleWorks Gardens
- Remote Art Creator: create handmade cards, seed packet art and craft projects to be given as “Thank You” gifts
- Garden Helper: lend your skills to a more regularly scheduled day in the garden
Positions are filled on a rolling basis. If you have other skills that you think might be helpful, let us know when you inquire about the garden position. We will be in touch when a project arises that matches your skills and interest.
The Art of Gardening
With the support and planning of a local coalition of organizations, residents, artists, and a volunteer task force facilitated by the Wyomissing Foundation, GoggleWorks and Lauer’s Park developed “GoggleWorks Gardens at Lauer’s Park.” The collaboration allows GoggleWorks to apply its interactive art studio model to the dynamic garden environment at Lauer’s Park, serving school children and community residents alike.
Our Sofrito, Salsa and Snack Garden
Come join us and grab a snack at our publicly-accessible container garden on North 2nd street! This garden is 100% FREE and accessible to the community. If you have ever needed an herb for your favorite dish, a vine ripe tomato, or some leafy greens, this garden is your new best asset. The Garden Manager, students, residents, and volunteers will grow plants ranging from tomatoes to herbs and everything in between to make them available for you.
Our Classroom Garden
The classroom gardens at the corner of Walnut and North 3rd streets are our purpose built garden space which gives Reading School District students the opportunity to learn about sustainability, farming, nutrition, art-in-horticulture, and a variety of STEAM topics through GoggleWorks’ After School Arts Program (ASAP). Students will learn about the stages of planting, the necessary elements for planting success and get hands on transplanting starts and weeding beds. Culminating in a harvest of nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in the heart of Reading.
Your donations and contributions help the garden prosper
Goggleworks will accept the following items to help populate the gardens
- Bulbs / Tubers
- Live Perennial Plants
- Fruit Bushes
- Young Fruit Trees
- Garden Tools , Stakes, Wire , Twine
- Seed Starting Trays
- Potting Soil
- Mulch – Wood or Straw
- Individual Amendments such as Vermiculite, Perlite, Peat Moss,
- Children’s Books related to environmental or garden topics only
Garden Education Opportunities
Tiana Lopez, garden studio manager