21 Acres is celebrating five years as an educational center in the Sammamish Valley and the organization is dedicating a year of activities to say “thank you” and show their gratitude to the community.
When reflecting upon the past five years, what do 21 Acres personnel deem the most integral part of their organization? It’s the volunteers sharing their time, talents and laughter that have been the key to their success.
“It’s time to say thank you to all the volunteers,” says founder and president, Gretchen Garth. “All of the staff appreciate the work and collaboration with our volunteers as we find ourselves learning alongside each other as we tackle projects. We’ve built a dynamic educational program with the help of the community.”
In acknowledgement of the thousands of hours of contributions, 21 Acres invites all volunteers, past and present, to share in this celebratory year. On Saturday, April 22nd, in conjunction with the “Bee Sweet to the Earth” Earth Day event, volunteers are invited to visit and relish in their accomplishments.
From planting, weeding and harvesting on the farm, to assisting with kitchen preparations or with an event, to conducting crop and soil research, to leading a tour, to marketing and technology, volunteers have helped build the broader 21 Acres community with their insight and knowledge.
“We’ve hosted groups from local colleges, area businesses and service organizations,” said Garth, “as well as individuals who care about contributing to their community. The Boy Scouts alone have committed hundreds of hours and built numerous Eagle Scout projects on campus.”