Volunteer Opportunities

As traffic increase on the MG Helpline, we need additional volunteers who can answer the phones remotely. Please check the Helpline Calendar on the service report to find an open shift. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

GPIC needs volunteers. No prior experience is needed, we’ll provide the training.

No minimum commitment is required. One and done? That’s OK, but I suspect that many people will enjoy the camaraderie of working as a team with other Master Gardeners satisfying like it was “in the old days” before March 2020. Jefferson County next hosts the Helpline the week of October 10th. If you’re interested inreceiving training or volunteering contact me atbethany@aces.eduor Kate Musso atkfm0022@auburn.edu.


Master Gardener booths are VERY popular at Farmers Markets every year. Info on the Master Gardener Helpline, Grow More Give More project, and free seed packets make for a very popular attraction.

Please consider volunteering at:Helena Farmers Marketeach week on Saturday 8-12, at the amphitheater park in Old Town Helena. 4151 Helena Road. Set up is an hour before from 7-8.Come for all or part of the time.

If you’d like to volunteer, please emaillBunny Fite l or Kate Musso


Volunteers are welcome to sign up for Second Saturdays at Miss Sims Garden in Homewoodhttps://forms.gle/kai1Kpy97HEx8BJV6. Second Saturdays are volunteer days held on the Second Saturday of every month between March 12th and November 12th from8am to 12pm. Alternatively, appointments to volunteer at the garden can be madeforany day of the week, by emailingsimsgarden@homewoodal.net

You may bring your own materials such as gloves, water bottle and tools, but please ensure your tools are cleaned prior to (with rubbing alcohol) so as not to spread plant diseases, fungus or bacteria into the garden. A limited number of volunteer kits are also available.

Note the address is for our parking lot, not the mailing address as shown on Google or Apple Maps which will take you to the front of the property where there is only street parking. Please park in the back if there is room.

Miss Sims Garden is a small botanical park in the Edgewood Neighborhood of Homewood. It is the legacy of Catherine Anville Sims, known as The Plant Lady for her 40 years of gardening at the same home in Homewood. She wrote a gardening column for the Birmingham News, held a plant sale every year and was a member of a number of plant societies as well as a supporter of the BBG and good friends with Mr. Eddie Aldridge. In her will, she deeded her property to the City of Homewood, with the stipulation that it be maintained as a botanical park, but with no supporting funds or guidelines, so the city relies on the caretaker, board of directors and volunteers to keep it all going.

For more information contact:simsgarden@homewoodal.netor (205) 332-0949.



Aldridge Gardens

Volunteer opportunities are available at Aldridge Gardens. Spots available to work in the landscape, gatehouse, gift shop and to assist with various programs. For information and to volunteer contact: .Janet Abernathy or Rip Weaver at 205-739-6553


This year, we can continue to learn, grow and give back. The Grow More Give More program needs volunteers to help coordinate for Jefferson County. Laura Kezar is heading up this program and needs help. Her information is in the Master Gardener Directory in the Service Report link.

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Don’t forget ourGrow More Give Moreproject!If you have extra produce to donate, please share with any food assistance organizations in your area.Be sure to log time and # of pounds of produce on the MG service report.(You can enter the pounds in the description field).We are working on getting a list of all food assistance organizations in your area that are able and willing to accept donations of fresh produce.Remember – every donation counts!!Whether it is 2 pounds or 200 pounds, it ALL counts!Take a look at the following link for more details.https://www.aces.edu/blog/topics/products-programs-lawn-garden/grow-more-give-more/Laura Kezar and company are coordinating this project in Jefferson.She will be reaching out with more details soon.In the interim, if you have any questions, feel free to contactBethany O’Rear.

You can be part of this very worthwhile program by going to theACES Website to learn about the program. The online video and texts will be available to support Master Gardeners as well as novice gardenersin growing vegetable crops as successfully as possible The idea of the program is that every gardener will grow enough to share a little extra with an individual or an institution in need. ACES realizes that for some gardeners it may be easiest to carry a small bag of extras across the street to a neighbor, or take a box to their local school—others won’t be happy unless they’re delivering a harvest to a regional food bank.

We can donate extra fruits and vegetables:

Drop off extra vegetables to neighbors who are shut in by age or illness, or are affected by job loss and would appreciate fresh produce (and a kind note or a flower perhaps)

Reach out to schools, community centers and places of worship which you already know and see if there’s a new need you can help fill

Statewide charities like Society of St. Andrews, a crop gleaning charity
www.endhunger.org, and regional operations like Community Foodbank of Central Alabamawww.feedingal.org, are positioned to coordinate donations, particularly in larger quantities.

The Grace Klein Community is gratefully accepting donated produce and vegetable plant seedlings. Please contact me atbethany@aces.eduif you can share seedlings and transplants of edible plants so I can let Grace Klein know when and what to expect.Donated produce, seedlings and transplants can be donated to Grace Klein Community on Tuesday afternoons from 1-4 at 2652 Old Rocky Ridge Road, Birmingham, 35216.

If you are on Facebook, please like theAlabama Smart Yardspage as well as our ownJefferson County Master Gardenerpage. Please check these daily and share theGrow More Give More posts on your own pages. Encourage your family and friends to share, as well. Together we can make a difference.


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Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open, with social distancing and masks. If you're looking for a safe place to volunteer, Birmingham Botanical Gardens have several opportunities, with safe distancing and the appropriate number of volunteers. There is the General Garden Group, the Bog Garden, the Kaul Wildflower Garden, the Japanese Gardens, the Fern Glade and the Southern Living Garden. To volunteer for any of these, pleasecontact Alice Moore, the Volunteer Coordinator byemail.



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