In partnership with the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project, this hands-on volunteer experience brings alumni to a local orchard for a morning of fruit harvesting. Fruit will be donated to local programs that address food insecurity, including the Pantry, UBCO’s student food bank.

 

Saturday, September 25, 2021

10:00am – 12:00pm

Volunteer check-in, orientation, and safety briefing at 9:50 am

 

Open to everyone. Registration is required by September 17. Event capacity is 10 volunteers; additional registrants will be added to a waitlist.

 

Questions? Please contact Melissa McHugh at [email protected].

 

About THE A PROJECT

THE A PROJECT is alumni UBC’s volunteer program for UBC alumni to work together on local community service projects. Responding to alumni UBC’s vision ‘for a better world’, THE A PROJECT was developed to connect alumni to needs on campus and in the community to make a difference.


Important Notes for Volunteers

We are very fortunate to be able to provide a volunteer experience that is outdoors, and it is imperative that we keep your safety and the safety of others at the farm a priority at all times. A Farm Leader will be on site to ensure safety measures are adhered to, and to answer any questions you may have. Please keep these key points in mind:

 

  1. PLEASE DO NOT sign up for this event if you are not feeling well or have felt unwell within the last two weeks. If you need to cancel because you have experienced any symptoms of illness including fever, dry cough, or tiredness, please let us know and we will be able to offer your spot for another volunteer to attend.
  2. While at the farm please remember to practice physical distancing even though we are outside. This means keeping a minimum of two meters distance between people who are not in your “social bubble”. This doesn’t mean you can’t be social and we encourage you to get to know your fellow alumni volunteers! The Farm Leader on site may remind you about keeping your distance.
  3. Hand washing: We will have access to water and hand sanitizer at the farm. When you arrive at the farm you will be asked to apply hand sanitizer before you begin weeding/planting/harvesting. During the harvest and/or at the end, we recommend that you wash your hands with water to remove any excess dirt and stickiness, let your hands air dry, then apply hand sanitizer. Your Farm Leader will be able to answer any questions or assist you with this.
  4. Masks and gloves: Please remember it is best to avoid touching your face with your hands. If you need to sneeze, cough, or wipe your face, it is best to do so onto your shoulder/elbow. Wearing a mask is not mandatory, however we do encourage you to wear one as long as it is appropriate for you. If you feel it is appropriate to wear gloves for weeding and harvesting, please do so. Masks or gloves will not be available for each volunteer, so please bring your own with you.
  5. Sanitizing your equipment: If you brought equipment like a shovel, hoe, or buckets and it was used by others outside your social bubble, we will have sanitizing spray available which you may use to spray high contact areas (like handles). Ask your Farm Leader for more information.

 

We look forward to seeing you on Sept 25th!

 

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Sorry, registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact Melissa McHugh at 250-807-9360 or [email protected] for more information.