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  • Subject: [cg] CALLING ALL VOLUNTEER GARDENERS! Hudson River Park - GV
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 9 May 2004 23:22:58 EDT



The Horticultural Department of the Hudson River Park, led by Lee White,
does a wonderful job in maintaining the lawns, gardens and other
plantings in the spectacular Greenwich Village section of the Park.  But
it could use help. 

The Trust, with the assistance of Friends of Hudson River Park, is
looking for knowledgeable volunteers willing to commit one morning a
week for six to eight weeks to assist Lee and the horticultural staff in
their work.  The program will begin in early June. 

This is a special opportunity for persons interested in gardening to
garden in the City and help enrich and maintain the natural tapestry of
Hudson River Park.  It is also a chance to learn from the Trust
horticultural staff, which is committed to providing instruction to
those willing to commit the time to help.  Volunteers should be
reasonably knowledgeable about gardening, but are not expected to be

More details on the Volunteer Program will be found below. 

If you are interested in volunteering as a gardener, please contact Phil
Baumgartner or Al Butzel at Friends of Hudson River Park (Tel:
212-757-0981; email: info@fohrp.org) or Lee White at the Hudson River
Park Trust (Tel: 212-791-2530; email  (lwhite@hrpt.state.ny.us).
Application forms are available from either organization. 

Mission Statement:
The Horticulture Department, as part of the Hudson River Park Trust,
which was created to maintain the parkland within the Hudson River Park,
states that the mission of the Horticulture Volunteer Program is to
afford the opportunity for personal community involvement and
contribution by working alongside our staff horticulturists,
participating in daily gardening routines. As part of the program we
will teach volunteers basic horticulture skills as well as basic
horticulture knowledge of plants, soil and proper maintenance. This
program will benefit our Horticulture Department by lessen the workloads
and providing us with the opportunity to share the knowledge and respect
we have for our gardens, green spaces, and the Park in general.
The Horticulture Volunteer Program will consist of a 6 or 8 week
program, starting in June. We require that volunteers commit to the full
season due to the time and training effort put forth on the part of our
horticulture staff, but some exceptions may be possible.
Starting time:
The Horticulture Volunteer Program starts at 8.00am and ends at 12.00
noon on Wednesdays. Arrive early enough to change clothes and enjoy
coffee and a light breakfast. Please be prepared to begin work at 8am.
This is a team effort and it is important to meet this important time
commitment. If you will be unable to attend, please call the
Horticulture Department at 917.661.8736 prior to your scheduled start
time to let us know.
Proper tools will be assigned to the staff volunteers at the beginning
of the program. Staff volunteers are responsible for all tools assigned
to them and are accountable for tools that are mistreated, lost, or
stolen due to negligence.
Volunteers are representatives of HRPT when they wear the volunteer
uniform and are in the park. Courtesy and respect must be observed at
all times toward the public, each other, and HRPT staff.
Volunteers will be issued a HRPT volunteer T-shirt and a HRPT hat at the
beginning of the season to identify them as a volunteer member of our
horticulture team.  HRPT dress code requires all personnel working in
the Park to wear approved HRPT uniforms. Lost uniform items must be
replaced at cost. Volunteers must provide their own work gloves,
protective footwear and rain gear.
HRPT has a commitment to the safety of its staff, volunteers and to the
Safety procedures must be observed at all times. Safety policies will be
reviewed with all volunteers prior to beginning work in the program.
Unfortunately, volunteer staff will not be permitted to drive HRPT
vehicles or operate power machinery.
In the event a volunteer is unable to follow HRPT policies, he/she will
be asked to leave the volunteer program.
If you have questions or comments, please contact the Park's Director of
Horticulture, Lee White.  He can be reached by phone at 212.791.2530 or
via email at  <mailto:lwhite@hrpt.state.ny.us> lwhite@hrpt.state.ny.us .

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